Category: FEATURES

U is for Update and Unmasking #AtoZChallenge

U is for Update and Unmasking #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Update I thought I’d share a brief update about where I’m at with some of my writing projects. Science Fantasy Novel (WiP) I’ve written around 30,000 words (about half) of a YA science fantasy novel that is best described as ‘Once Upon a Time meets Star Wars’. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I sometimes refer to it as ‘Glasswalker’ or ‘The Dream Maker’s Daughter’. It’s loosely based on fairytales and fantasy stories such as Alice […]


T is for Tools #AtoZChallenge

T is for Tools #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Today, I’m sharing some of the tools that I use for writing. Traditional Tools Pens! Most writers have hundreds of them and I’m no exception. I have ball point pens and rollerballs in various colours for when I want to get my ideas down quickly. My favourites are Parker Jotters and Uni-ball UB-157 Eye Fine Rollerballs. I come up with my most creative ideas when I use a fountain pen. There’s just something about the smooth indigo […]


S is for Short Stories & Sea of Sorrows #AtoZChallenge

S is for Short Stories & Sea of Sorrows #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Short Stories Since having my daughter, I started reading more short story anthologies. Short stories fit more easily into my routine than novels (plus my attention span and memory are much worse these days). I love how they pack so much emotion and tension into so few words. I listed my top 7 short stories here. Around the same time, I started writing short stories again, and I feel that doing so has helped hone my writing […]


R is for Reading and Reviewing #AtoZChallenge

R is for Reading and Reviewing #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. I’m a great believer in the old adage that writers should be avid readers. Whether we read novels, poetry or non-fiction articles, it’s a great way to learn new words, techniques and a sense of style. It also inspires ideas, challenges us to think beyond our own perspective and exercises our imagination. I read for all those reasons, but first and foremost, I read for pleasure. Like most writers, I fell in love with books at a […]


Q is for Quotes and Questions #AtoZChallenge

Q is for Quotes and Questions #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. Quotes I’ve read lots of books and articles about writing and particular quotations have resonated with me and inspired me. Here are some of my favourite writing related quotes: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”  ― Ernest Hemingway “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then […]


P is for Poetry and Procrastination #AtoZChallenge

P is for Poetry and Procrastination #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. For the letter P, I’m talking about two of my writing weaknesses. Poetry I have a confession to make. I can’t write ‘serious poetry’. I’ve always admired T.S Elliott, Alan Ginsberg, Phillip Larkin and the Romantic poets like Wordsworth and Blake. I spent a lot of my teenage years and early twenties trying to write deeply profound poetry and most of it is pretentious drivel. Still, it gives me a chuckle when I read it. You’ll find […]


O is for “Opal and Onyx”-my #WEPFF entry for ‘Jewel Box’ #AtoZChallenge

O is for “Opal and Onyx”-my   #WEPFF entry for ‘Jewel Box’  #AtoZChallenge

Today I’m combining my Blogging from A-Z Challenge post for the letter ‘O’ with April’s WEP Challenge, for which the prompt is ‘Jewel box’. Write…Edit…Publish post on the third Wednesday of every second month and the challenges are open to all. To join in, you submit your name to the list, write an entry for the prompt (1000 words or less) and edit it. Then on the date given, you publish it to your blog, stating your feedback preferences. You can also read and leave comments on the other entries and share the challenge far and wide on social media. The […]


N is for Naming Characters #AtoZChallenge

N is for Naming Characters #AtoZChallenge

The Blogging from A-Z Challenge continues today. Throughout April I’m posting about my life as a writer, including my inspirations, frustrations and celebrations. I love the process of naming characters. I probably take it far too seriously than I should, as I spend a lot of time thinking up interesting names. Here are some of the criteria I use when considering character names: Has an interesting meaning or association, preferably not too obvious. Fits with my internal image of the character. Works well in context (i.e realistic for the time period and setting). Looks aesthetically pleasing when written down. Sounds […]