Fantastic Schools Story Ideas

27 Jul

Hi, everyone

As you know, Fantastic Schools I came out recently and had some good reviews (and also some bad ones, but that’s par for the course in anthologies).  We’re working on bringing out Fantastic Schools II at some point fairly soon and kaying down rough notes for FS3.  There’s been quite some interest from other writers – and if you fancy having a try yourself, check out the details here – but I do intend to do either a novella and/or a handful of short stories for the book.  Let me know which one you would like:

A story set in the world of The Royal Sorceress, where a person with magic is torn between the demands of high and low society.  (Probably a short novella.)

A story set in the world of The Zero Enigma, where someone finds the way to set a bully up for self-inflicted humiliation (short story).

The Chaperone’s Tale (Schooled in Magic), in which an intelligent but poor girl is assigned to serve as a princess’s companion (read maid) at Whitehall.

The Apothecary’s Tale (Schooled in Magic), in which a mundane apothecary is given a chance to study at Heart’s Eye … unfortunately, without any magic.

The Sportsman’s Tale (Schooled in Magic), in which a sporty boy discovers the reason his team keeps losing is because one of the other teams has rigged the match in their favour …  (I might give this one to Cirroc or Frieda; maybe Melissa, pre-SIM6).  Or maybe someone completely new.

I’ve been trying to decide what other themes to tackle.  I have a rough idea about a talent show, about a ‘war’ between two dorms, a common-born student who tries to prove he belongs, about the discovery that a teacher might just be a spy (or perhaps a bad man), but I’m not sure how to develop them.  Let me know if you have any rough ideas.


19 Responses to “Fantastic Schools Story Ideas”

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard at 4:27 pm #

    I like The Chaperone’s Tale. 😀

  2. Alejandro at 5:27 pm #

    The Apothecary’s Tale (I just have seen that Emily knows many (mundanes? non magicals?), but they don’t have much weight in the books)

  3. Matthew W. Quinn at 6:17 pm #

    The war between dorms seems like a good idea, as it could be a chance to comment on, deconstruct, etc. Rowling’s House system.

  4. Vassilis Drakopoulos at 6:59 pm #

    I think that “The Apothecary’s Tale (Schooled in Magic), in which a mundane apothecary is given a chance to study at Heart’s Eye … unfortunately, without any magic.” has something really interesting to say!

  5. benbailey12373 at 7:35 pm #

    Apothecary’s Tale. The others seem too familiar to others and it’d be good to see Heart’s Eye x

  6. Rob at 8:10 pm #

    Bad link?

  7. Star at 12:53 am #

    Hi, I usually read SIM and some of Zero, the original and a couple of others. I’ve attempted some of your others, but couldn’t get past the samples. So, just want to mention the Fantastic Schools 1. I downloaded the sample and ugh! that first story wasn’t anything more then a poorly written paranormal Regency Romance and it kind of made me think the other stories were the same so I wasn’t going to put out good money for it. I might have for yours and Lamplighters, but I wasn’t sure she contributed a story and I really didn’t care about Shades origins.
    So I have a couple of suggestions beyond the obvious one of being more selective about what stories you include 😉
    Include the author names with the titles of the stories in the index, what ever that list was at the beginning that was included with the samples and think seriously about putting it in Kindle Unlimited. I realize that will limit your distribution, but also more people will probably download the entire book just for one or two authors that they do want to read and then will look at the other stories to find a new author.
    There are a few indy authors (that I read and follow) that are prolific and exclusively KU that are doing extremely well financially, so it is possible. Just my 2cents worth.

    • EZ at 2:28 pm #

      I thought it was good mix of stories. There was one in Lamplighter’s world, but it was by a different author (How to Get into a Magic School). I “hate” these anthologies because they always end up adding to my ever expanding “to read” list of authors :)!

      • Matthew W. Quinn at 3:14 pm #

        I’d like to see more from the characters in “How To Get Into Magic School.”

        How do the brother and sister settle in, how does the romantic angle between the older student and the sister (both of whom like the other but nobody seems to know how to SAY anything) work out, and was that demon-dog thing a one-off or a sign of something worse? Lots of threads to keep following in that one.

  8. Fahnir at 4:46 am #

    What about Lady Barb’s story–growing up with a father a weak sorcerer in a powerful magical family and a mundane herbalist traveler mother?? How did she ever become a powerful combat sorceress?? It would give us a better understanding of the magical families, as well…

    • Fahnir at 8:02 pm #

      You could also write a novella set 200 years in the future of an older, more cynical Emily, approaching the end of her life, looking back at her life and contemplating her children and grandchildren, setting things in motion for the next generations…

  9. ACYoung at 11:01 am #

    The tale of Hasdrubal, Void et al and the Demon has only been sketched so far. If there’s a way to make it sufficiently dissimilar from the other stories set in Whitehall this could be fascinating – there’s an element of arrogance leading to (near) destruction already in the sketch, and the family dynamics of four half-brothers growing up in that particular family after their father’s death would be interesting (I suspect these drove the four to attempt to become successful independent of their family; combined with innate ability this might explain their academic success).

    The aftermath of the incident is also something I would like to read, as we don’t really have an explanation for why Hasdrubal and Void ended up disliking each other (and at least in Hasdrubal’s case distrusting the other).

  10. Jacqueline harris at 4:06 am #

    I think Melissa is pretty interesting it might be cool to see how she is handling combing her family’s with Marcus. I am interested in the little magic that Emily sponsored whitehall it might be interesting to see how she is coping and how the school is post Emily.

    • Jacqueline harris at 7:48 am #

      I ment the girl that Emily sponsored.

  11. terrag32256 at 12:52 am #

    I’ve officially read all of your books that aren’t science fiction. I’m ready for something new. Lol. I’m interested in the Lady Heiress. I hope that’s next. Cheers

  12. John at 2:36 pm #

    I would really like to see a different part to schooled in magic. Laughter would be a cool

  13. DJ at 6:30 pm #

    I’d enjoy seeing more of the world of the Zero Enigma; I also hope that you can bring in a few different authors with each edition. I like anthologies like yours as a way to find writing I like from authors I don’t know.

  14. Daniel at 2:37 am #

    The Apothecary’s Tale, because I’m most interested in finding out is Heart’s Eye actually turning out as Emily hoped it would be. Are mundanes actually being treated and valued well? Even if staff are found that are aligned with that goal, how are systemic biases being overcome? Have they been able to break down historical attitude against research collaboration and bringing mundanes and magicians, magic and technology together?

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