[Im]Perfect

What is this illusion of perfect beautyThat we cling to with such desperation?Why is it that what we areIs deemed less than the imaginings of what we'Should' be?The joy in my smile is not diminishedBy teeth which don't lie straight.Nor do the blemishes that scatter my skinLike fallen constellationsLessen the softness of its touch,Or its [...]

Book Review: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

When I first listened to the audiobook of Katherine Arden's The Bear and The Nightingale two years ago, I knew this series was going to become a firm favourite. Her writing (and Kathleen Gati's fabulous narration) transported me straight into the winter of darkest Rus and I could feel Morozko’s breath on my cheek. She wove [...]

Indie Author Life: Getting The Word Out

Dear readers, I still can not describe to you the joy of knowing my work is out in the world. The thrill I get when I see the little book I put so much of myself into in the hands of others. It is a dream come true and I am so grateful for all [...]

Watch.Read.Listen.Love. – Winter Edition

Back in September I posted a round up of some things I'd been enjoying over the summer in what was intended to be the first on a series called Watch.Read.Listen.Love... and then I completely failed to do the second in the series over the autumn. I'm going to go ahead and let myself off the [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – This Too Shall Pass

Frost clings to the ground. The cold still holding the world in its grip. Breath plumes in clouds from the mouths of passersby and tears freeze on cheeks. These are the days of deepest sorrow. But look - there - a glimmer in the blackness. A gleam of starlight reflected in ice, the twinkle of [...]

What It Is To Thrive

Well, friends. Here we are at the end of another year. It's been nearly two months since I last posted anything on here and what a two months it's been! I suppose there have been two major events since my last post: I had fairly significant. abdominal surgery (thankfully all successful and will hopefully mean [...]

Book Review: Lanny by Max Porter

When I read Grief Is The Thing With Feathers a few years ago, I was utterly moved by it. I couldn't compare it to anything I had read before. It was raw, emotional, poignant, thought-provoking and completely unique. So it was with great anticipation that I finally sat down to read Lanny. I was not [...]

Wild & Improbable Tales – Play On

The record had played itself out hours ago but it spun tunelessly on. The rhythmic scratch and bump of the needle a counter point to their slow and steady breathing, whispering through the quiet dark. No words passed their lips, no flitting shadow broke their gaze. Gentle fingers on warm skin was all the language [...]

Achieving the Impossible – The NaNo Adventure

With November fast approaching and another #preptober well underway, it occurred to me that I never did write anything about my experience of completing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) last year. I've watched from the sidelines for many years as writers all over the world took the plunge - I even create a NaNoWriMo account [...]