I used to know a girl With a picture-perfect face, But somehow in each photo Her smile was out of place. There was something not quite right About the way she froze- Like a wooden mannequin In a mindless pose. She had a little work done, Nothing very drastic, But still her facial features Looked like they were plastic. A real life Barbie doll, I wonder what she felt? If she showed emotion Her waxwork face would melt. Her hair and her make up Always looked pristine, Like they were painted onto A china figurine. I think that if she […]
I miss my blonde crop and my dungarees, My baseball cap and grazed knees, When I wore whatever I could find And if I got messy I didn’t mind. When my body was a vehicle for my soul And I thought and moved as one whole And I leapt and danced and played with ease, Building dens and climbing trees. And then the alien curves invaded And I felt like my body was being paraded And everyone seemed to be staring at me I wanted to hide my indecency. I started to notice my own reflection, I started to worry […]
Lewis Carroll is one of my favourite authors of all time. Here I’ve compiled a selection of my favourite quotes for your enjoyment 🙂 “Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.” “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.” “Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” “I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.” “One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” “She generally […]
I’ve decided that the story is not just about the literal dark, underground bunker they are living in, but other kinds of holes. I started to do a mind map of all the different meanings and association of the word ‘hole’, and here’s what I came up with: Falling down the rabbit hole-curiosity leading one to investigate something and finding oneself in an unfamiliar situation. This is very fitting as I already imagined my heroine, Isla, to be a lot like Alice in Wonderland. Being a square peg in a round hole-some of my characters are misfits, they don’t seem […]
I’ve been doing a lot of planning for NaNoWriMo over the past week, and have put together some basic character sketches. Here they are: Millicent Taylor (Millie)-middle aged housewife and mother who gave up all her dream of becoming an actress for the sake of her family. She is maternal and caring, but life has passed her by. She plays a maternal role in the group-sorting out the food, bedding etc. and trying to keep the place clean. She also knows a bit of first aid. Her motivation for entering was to do something for herself for a change, something […]
November is nearly upon us, and you know what that means? NanoWrimo! If you’re not familiar with NanoWrimo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and you can find out more about it here. Now, I did create a profile last year, and I had a vague idea of a story which I started and got a few thousand words into, but I was supposed to be studying at the time so it petered into nothing. This year I’ve just finished my final philosophy exam (hooray! Just waiting for my degree result now!) so in theory I have more time […]
Now that the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us, you may be feeling a bit down. The summer sun has vanished, to be replaced by torrential rain and chilly winds. The trees and plants that were recently blossoming and blooming are starting to look brown, bare and shrivelled and your shorts, flipflops and bikinis have been confined to the back of the wardrobe. Oh and your stuck in work or school again too! Now it’s just downhill from here until next spring isn’t it? Not at all! Although you may have found summer fun and inspiring, there’s […]
I’m really chuffed because one of my poems, ‘Tess and the Priceless Treasure‘ has been selected to be published in an anthology called Poetry Rivals 2010: A New Dawn Breaks. This is the first time my work will be published on paper (as opposed to on websites) so I’m really excited as you can imagine. The anthology will be released in paperback form on 30th Oct 2010 (RRP £19.99). You can preorder it from Amazon here.