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Hey everyone! 8 months 8 hours ago #62694

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Welcome to FM, Ashfox!

I'm going to warn you right off the bat that I consider magical realism to be Urban Fantasy. I can accept that it can be and probably is a subgenre of Urban Fantasy, but I'm not impressed with a genre name to what I consider to be a genre with long history in the publishing world, no matter what modern-day writers may claim. For perspective, I got into Urban Fantasy back before it even had the name "Urban Fantasy" (I've been into spec fic most of my life).

Aside from that, I do enjoy a good UF story, and I write various types of speculative fiction myself. I also dabble in contemporary gay romance. The vast majority of my MCs in my spec fic are some variety of LGBTQ+, and I have a habit of telling myself that oh, there just can't be another original magical system out there before coming up with yet another one. Thus far, I think I've come up with something like 30 magical systems, and if someone had told me ten years ago that it was possible for one writer to come up with so many, I'd have laughed in their face.

Explore the boards and reply to a few of our posts. Join the Goals board if you like. We're friendly folks, if a little quiet right now. Sadly, the site's chat rooms are pretty dead these days, except for Think Tank (a brainstorming event) that happens in Conference Room 1 every Friday and Sunday evening in the States, but if you visit FM's companion site, Writing Groove, you'll probably find someone hanging out there in the afternoons and evenings. Don't worry, you don't have to sign up for Writing Groove to access the chatroom there, but if you want to, that's also free, as is registering with Minnit Chat, who provides the chatroom.

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