There is an exercise that is useful for generating writing that I sometimes use in my art practice. You listen to a song, or look at a piece of art and write what comes to you, inspired by the art.
What’s the first book you ever bought? The first book I remember buying was a paperback copy of A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett while on a family holiday to Singapore. I remember it clearly, partly, because it’s attached to another memory I have that happened in that bookstore. I was seven and it … Continue reading The First
This is my favourite time of year. I celebrate Halloween and Beltaine at this time of year. Halloween is my favourite calendar holiday of all time. The spirit of fun and whimsy surrounding it just calls to me. If you read my post last Halloween you'll remember that I differentiate Halloween from Samhain. Halloween to … Continue reading This is my Favourite Time of Year
There is some debate on the origins of the fairy tale of Aladdin. It is commonly believed to be one of the stories Scheherazade tells in One Thousand And One Nights. I certainly thought it was. The copy I had growing up was definitely in a compilation of Middle Eastern stories including Aladdin, Ali Baba … Continue reading Do you really know Aladdin?
I had a marvellous weekend even though I was ill. I took the weekend off writing because I was ill for most of last week and just needed some down time. I hit up my local library Saturday morning, returned the books I had out, and picked up some new ones; and oh my gods … Continue reading Sci-Fi Fairy Tales and Goddesses
It should come as no shock to you that I’ve been working really hard on the sequel to The Kingston Chronicles; Samhain Sorcery. My goal was to launch it this Halloween (for the Northern Hemisphere Samhain/Halloween) but realistically there is no way I can have the manuscript finished in, and published, in time. I’m working … Continue reading Samhain Sorcery Cover Reveal
I popped into my local library today to return City of Ashes and saw this poster at the counter (see right). These criteria basically cover everything that I order in at my library, and I’ve ordered in something at least twice a month lately. Up till now we’ve been able to order in 60 books … Continue reading Changes At Our State Library
It’s no secret that I love mermaids. The Little Mermaid, naturally, is one of my favourite Fairy Tales. While the musical numbers in the Disney production are catchy and fun it’s the Hans Christian Andersen version that I really like; you know, the original (as always the book is better than the movie). It … Continue reading The Little Mermaid – Disney V Hans Christian Andersen
You might be sick of hearing about Angel-lit from me at the moment. Only, it’s such a broad topic that it’s taken me several weeks to say everything I wanted to say. If you’ve stuck with me this long THANK YOU! Next week I promise to not post about Fallen Angels or Demons; well I’m … Continue reading Genre Conventions in Angel Lit
This is going to be a slightly longer post today. I condensed it as much as I thought I could but it's longer than my usual posts. During my undergraduate course I wrote a thesis entitled “Feminist Rebels” and Opening Pandora’s Box: The Sins of Female Angels”, and following on from my previous posts about the … Continue reading Feminists and Rebel Angels