Harry Potter, Writing

Would YOU Fall For Lord Voldemort If…

So, first of all, this amazing fan-made Beauty and the Beast/Harry Potter trailer: https://youtu.be/u0K-cHESi1c Anything with Emma Watson in will clearly always be a Hermione AU opportunity. I wish I'd never given up video editing as a hobby now, but moreover, it got me thinking about what a hideous relationship this would be. Bare with. First… Continue reading Would YOU Fall For Lord Voldemort If…

comic con, The Blog

Meet Marc: Creator of Fuzzballs

It's no secret that cats are my patronus and anything cat-like tends to draw my undivided attention. Fuzzballs are no different. I first bumped into their stand at Comic Con last year and met creator Marc—a lovely individual with a great fluffy creature brand. Ranging from cats to tigers and bunnies, it's hard to resist… Continue reading Meet Marc: Creator of Fuzzballs

The Blog, Writing

Getting published: part three

I'm procrastinating by writing this post, let me just put that out there. Click here to read part one and part two. I didn't make the November 1st deadline. Once I figured out how to fix the big problems of my story, I worked day and night, every day, to meet the target. But hey, I… Continue reading Getting published: part three

The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: part two

Belatedly following on from my last publishing post, about how I met an agent willing to give me and my novel a chance, it's time I updated on what happened next. So, after our feedback meeting, Suresh gave me a couple of big plot points and changes to think about: Maybe cut a character (I'm thinking: I… Continue reading Getting Published: part two

The Blog, Writing

Getting Published: Part One

FIRST DATE WITH AN AGENT I've done it. I've started the journey to publishing my novel, or at least come closer to the dream than ever before. I've studied publishing as an industry, I've been an editor for four years for a digital publisher, but I've not managed to publish my own work—yet. So, I… Continue reading Getting Published: Part One

comic con, Reviews, The Blog

Art I Couldn’t Resist From Artist Alley

MCM London Comic Con is already behind us, but as per, it's Artist Alley I always loved the most. Fandom art and original beauties await! This year I took my partner along as a photographer, and both of us spent most of our money on art we can't hang up yet because we don't have… Continue reading Art I Couldn’t Resist From Artist Alley

Harry Potter, The Blog, Writing

Weather Report: The Basilisk in Your Pasta

The South West of England will continue to see frequent and unpredictable bursts of heavy showers and crisp sunshine every day of this week, so don’t forget your rain repellent umbrellas no matter how deceivingly warm it seems. Those in North London should be wary of lightning strikes today, since thirteen year old Annabella Hackhop… Continue reading Weather Report: The Basilisk in Your Pasta

The Blog, Writing

Meddling in Muggle Theatre

I applied to be a writer for Hogwarts is Here a couple of years ago, and my application was successful! But sadly, the acceptance email went to my junk folder, and I discovered it two weeks after they'd sent it, which was apparently deplorable. I never even got a 'sorry, you replied too slow'. I… Continue reading Meddling in Muggle Theatre

Writing

What is Narrative Style? The Condensed Answer

This is something budding writers often ask me. "But what is narrative style? Why is it something to be aware of?" Narrative style is tricky to pin down. Style is tone. Don't forget that the narrative is essentially someone's voice. The narrator is a character, not simply words dictating what happens in the story. Even… Continue reading What is Narrative Style? The Condensed Answer

Writing

A Writer’s Guide to Building a Steampunk World

FOREWORD: I'm currently moving a lot of my articles from Squidoo over to my blog as Squidoo has declared almost all of my articles as spam. This is one of them. I've decided to totally migrate to my blog because I'm sick of fighting my corner on their site. Create an Authentic Feeling Enviroment One… Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Building a Steampunk World

Reading, Reviews

Evangelion Manga Reviews: Apocalypse and Beaches

What are the spin-off mangas like? Are you a fan of the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion? Do you want to know what the spin-off mangas are like? Then this review is for you! I'm a fan of the original series and most of its varing manifestations. I while back I was surprised to discover… Continue reading Evangelion Manga Reviews: Apocalypse and Beaches

The Blog

The Restaurant Owner Who Paid My Tube Fairs

If you follow me on Twitter then you’ll know that this weekend I was working as a journalist for MCM Buzz Press at London Comic Con. It was an absolute blast and I’ve never worked twelve hour shifts without realising it before! But before any of that, I have another story. On Saturday night, after… Continue reading The Restaurant Owner Who Paid My Tube Fairs

Exercises, Writing

Building strong narratives in the post-apocalyptic genre

  I always appreciated—and what I appreciate even more now, in the wake of dozens of post-apocalyptic series that didn’t work nearly as well—was that the camera always kept its eye firmly turned toward the people, not the ruins. --  Todd VanDerWerff I read that quote a while back at the very bottom of an article… Continue reading Building strong narratives in the post-apocalyptic genre

Writing

How to Collaboratively Write a Book Series

Writing a novel by yourself is hard enough, so how do you corroborate your thoughts and work ethic with someone else's? It's actually very easy if you've got the patience, understanding, diplomacy skills and motivation to keep the ball rolling. This is not a how-to guide. This is not an example of: The One True… Continue reading How to Collaboratively Write a Book Series