The Goddess In The Machine & The Chapter In Binary

If you're here just because you want the binary chapter translation - skip to the SPOILER WARNING heading! From Lora Beth Johnson's instagram. Lauren here - seasoned member of the month-old Court of Books and Bullshit club, cousin of Willow and book-lover usually lacking the commitment to actually, well, read. Book one on our list… Continue reading The Goddess In The Machine & The Chapter In Binary


A Court of Books and Bullshit

The thought of someone else choosing books for me to read has always seemed horrifying. I’ve never joined a book club for this reason. There are so many books out there – I will never read all the ones I have chosen for myself, let alone what a group chooses. So, naturally, I’m starting a… Continue reading A Court of Books and Bullshit


My Best Books of 2020

I managed to write three blog posts this year? Woof. What a year. I'm terrible at remembering dates, like even my own birthday, but I think I'll remember this one. This year I managed to read 48 books! *fanfare noises* Ironically, I read maybe...two books throughout lockdown #1 (in the UK). As it turns out,… Continue reading My Best Books of 2020

Dungeons & Dragons

Inkarnate Review • Make your own D&D maps

Sometimes, you just want a pretty picture to actualise the image you're trying to conjure in your players' minds. This can be difficult when describing continents or large cities. Sometimes, everybody just wants a sense of scale and location. I struggled to find a website that would let me create a beautiful map for free.… Continue reading Inkarnate Review • Make your own D&D maps

Dungeons & Dragons

Spellcasting FAQs • Dungeons and Dragons

When I first started playing D&D I was utterly baffled about the terminology and descriptions of how to use magic. I avoided it. Some of my players wanted to use magic, so I trusted them to learn their own class. This was a mistake 😆 Whilst they grasped the basics of their class, one player… Continue reading Spellcasting FAQs • Dungeons and Dragons

The Blog, Writing

Sleep Paralysis: my real nightmare

My face goes slack, I feel my body sinking and locking and I try to shake myself. It happens lightning-quick, this loss of control. [...] HELP! I'm screaming, SHAKE ME! But I can't speak.

Reading, Reviews

My Best Books of 2019

Hello bibliopals! I didn't just succeed at my reading target this year (to read 25 books), I smashed it (I've read 38 books), whoo! But how many of those would I actually rave about? Here are the few that make my shortlist of best reads in 2019*. *Note: I do not mean published in 2019.… Continue reading My Best Books of 2019

Japan Series

Shintō: “the way of the gods”

As a writer who, currently, can barely afford her weekly groceries, let alone go jetting off around the world to gain first-hand experiences, I must settle for a lot of research. For years, Japan has been a great source of fascination for me. It's so different from the world I live in. Its cultural beliefs,… Continue reading Shintō: “the way of the gods”

Dungeons & Dragons, Writing

Dungeons & Dragons is life-saving

Earlier this year, it struck me to the core that my quality of life has changed dramatically for the better because of D&D. It's practically a form of free therapy without ever feeling vulnerable. I even sent a message to my cousin saying, "I don't want to be melodramatic, but I sincerely feel that D&D… Continue reading Dungeons & Dragons is life-saving


How can bots improve social care?

As the population ages, the demand for high-quality carers rises. By 2026 it’s predicted that the UK will need around 420,000 more carers, but with the current vacancy rate high and the amount of those showing interest in the care sector diminishing, it’s important that technology is utilised in order to help fill the gaps and… Continue reading How can bots improve social care?


StoryShop has let me down, so I’ve found something better

Last November, I related my bubbling and excitable story that StoryShop was the perfect tool for writers. I likened it to having a private Wikia. A perfect place to plan your novel, D&D campaign, anthology, the next epic fantasy with 500 characters... Visually beautiful and easy to navigate. A notebook that made sense and had… Continue reading StoryShop has let me down, so I’ve found something better

Reviews, video games, Writing

Detroit: Becoming Human | The Concept of Freedom Applied to Robotics

You know what's awesome? Viewing the human condition through the lens of artificial intelligence that we have created, which then looks back at us. Do you know what's not cool? Defining the human condition in sweeping generalisations and assuming an A.I. would care about exactly the same things we do. Hi, my name's Willow, and I… Continue reading Detroit: Becoming Human | The Concept of Freedom Applied to Robotics

Climate Change, The Blog

How to Be a Minimalist in Mauritius – D. K. Waye

As much as I have accumulated a lot of stuff throughout the course of my life (mostly books and DVDs), I don't actually spend my pay-check on everything I couldn't easily afford last month, nor do I ever feel like a 'day of shopping' is a day of fun. It's a day of wasted time,… Continue reading How to Be a Minimalist in Mauritius – D. K. Waye

Politics, Reading

What do librarians even DO anymore?

When I announced to my previous employers that I was leaving them to work in a library, their response wasn't, "Congratulations," but, "Aren't libraries dying? What do librarians even do? Won't that be boring?" And I was both incredibly irked and flustered. I didn't know what to say other than I'LL DIE BEFORE I LET… Continue reading What do librarians even DO anymore?

Climate Change, Politics

5 Steps to Transition into Vegetarianism

Thinking about going veggie but, ugh, you just love meat too much? Here are 5 ways to help you change your approach and make the transition easier. These five steps helped me change my thinking and, eventually, change my daily life. P.S. I assume you're here because you already want to change. This ain't a… Continue reading 5 Steps to Transition into Vegetarianism