A writer by both profession and passion. Sharing my stories about mental health, and my journey to becoming a better writer.
Watch Your Tongue
By the flickering of candle light, Elizabeth finds the recipe she needs. Her lover has grown suspicious; accusing truths, yes, but his fears are based upon lies. She has walked the earth longer, she is wiser, she is cautious. The men of this realm fear the power of a woman, and no matter how much she plays the part of complacency, she cannot hide the fire that burns through her soul. These men, they see her blackened lips and midnight hair and are driven crazy with desires that terrify them. And so she must be a witch, a devil in disguise, using her evil ways to seduce their hearts as she forces them to betray their wives, their morals. 'Destroy the seductress before it's too late!' she'd hear them cry, but she could only scoff at their ignorance. She'd never waste good magic on the affections of a boy, what a pathetic cause that would be.
June Poetry Prompts: Self-set, self-sustained.
At the end of May I submitted my dissertation, and University drew to a close. I found myself out in the world for the first time without any deadlines, and quite unsure of what to do.
Now, Where Do I Belong?
There's a part of chronic illness that no one ever really talks about. It lingers in the downtime, inbetween pain medicine and days spent managing symptoms. It's not something a doctor will often talk about - they've got bigger problems - or perhaps, may even go overlooked by your well meaning support group, all who utter that they're for you, and whilst you've no doubt that their intentions are pure, not even they can help when it sets in.
Life Simulator Games Keep Me Sane
I'm an avid fan of video games, any genre. I've played first person shooters, RPGs, MOBAs, action, adventure, horror - you name it, I've probably played it. But I've always held a special place in my heart for the calmer games, the ones that mimic real life, but without the boring bits.
The Poor Man's Apocalypse
The apocalypse was not as expected. Our fall from civilisation was neither quick, nor fast, nor exciting. It began in much the same way as any political change. A new rule here, a new tax there, inflation, unliveable wages, the lot. The well to-do middle class soon sank down to our lowly ranks; neighbourhoods slipped from homely to unkempt. Concrete began to crack, unemployment began to rise, and soon a slum lay upon every door step.
So You Want to Write a Novel? 5 Steps to Turn Your Thoughts into Fiction
You've had an idea for a story and you can't get it out of your head. You daydream about your new characters, fantasise about their adventures, yearn for their story to be told...
Writing for Exposure: Is It Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Giving Away Your Work for Free
As a writer I'm sure you've come across the phrase 'writing for exposure' time and time again. At the beginning of your career it can seem tempting, for what is a writer without an audience? But time spent writing for free can be a trifling matter - we all have bills to pay, do we really have the energy to give our passion away for nothing? It's important to weigh the positives against the negatives before you sign away your creative rights for free.
Poetry Doesn't Have to be Poetic: How to Write Without Pressure
I started writing poetry a few years ago, back when I first began my University course. There were so many talented writers, all who dabbled in differing genres and forms of the written word, and I was astounded at the content they could pour onto the page. I began to doubt myself, but my stubborn arse wouldn't let itself give up. Instead, I created a poetry instagram and began uploading my first attempts directly to the world wide web for all to see.