What’s Next, Headless People Walking Around?

This is a post about the futility of trying to make capital and physical punishment humane. I read an update on the case of Raif Badawi and (notwithstanding the complete injustice of his case as a whole*), I found myself thinking, this is insane. This is like… The Land of the Headless | Read more…

Would You Choose a Transplant?

An article today on the BBC news website covered a dramatic meeting between facial transplant patient Richard Norris and Rebekah Aversano, the sister of the man whose face he now wears. Richard Norris was severely injured in a shotgun accident some 15 years ago. In 2012 he received a transplant | Read more…

The Glass Demon by Helen Grant – Review

The Glass Demon by Helen Grant Lin Fox is dragged away from her life in England by her family. Her father is obsessed with finding the mysterious Allerheiligen Glass – medieval stained glass windows thought lost for centuries – and moves them to a remote part of Germany. His initial | Read more…

Can We Please All Stop Demonising Copyright?

Twitter went crazy today with artists, writers, musicians and other creatives reacting against the Green Party policy on copyright. **Warning, this blog post may contain political opinion** Copyright is a strange beast. For many people, it’s an inconvenience standing between them and content they would like to access, copy or | Read more…

Camp NaNoWriMo – Stationery and Field Trips!

Tomorrow I start the mammoth task of turning my 70,000 word manuscript into a finished novel. I may not finish in the month of April, but I plan to put a shed load of work in. 60hrs or more. I had a little personal celebration moment today and indulged my | Read more…

Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo – 5 days to go

My main goal for Camp NaNoWriMo is to spend at least 50 hours editing my novel, Mime. I currently have an incomplete rough draft of 70,000 words. Now I say edit, but a more accurate term might be revise, more accurate still might be re-write but let’s stick with revise. | Read more…

Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo – 6 days to go

There’s less than 1 week until writing starts at Camp NaNoWriMo! My challenge during April 50 hours of editing time on my novel, Mime 10k words of new material in the form of short stories, to include… 30 pieces of micro fiction That’s a whole lot of work but I | Read more…

6 Things I Learned About Writing Book Reviews

I recently started writing a book review and found myself thinking that I have no idea whether I am doing it “right?” What makes a good book review? What elements are essential? Is there a specific structure I should be following? I realised that I’d never studied the matter and | Read more…

Studying Writing – why I think authors should never stop

As writers, it’s easy to slip into being isolated. To working within your own little bubble. Attending classes and seminars are a great way to remind yourself you’re part of a huge community and there is always something new to learn, new ways to explore writing. For instance, next week | Read more…