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
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
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
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.
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
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”
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
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?
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
Sorry for the major delay. I thought I should focus on actually writing our D&D campaign rather than just talking about it, which consumed my every free moment (our first weekend went really well!). And then I wanted to enjoy playing video games and reading books and not looking at words at all, then work got… Continue reading How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) • Final Push
So, based on the last post I did, you've got your setting, you've got some friends, you've got a map, you've watched some Matt Mercer and Critical Role, and you've maybe got the D&D Starter Set. What next? The Protagonists Your friends. It's time to ask them to create their characters. From what I've seen… Continue reading How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) • Part 2
The gameplay is super intuitive. Anyone who knows how to touch a smart screen will figure out how to play this game. Despite its themes of murder and mystery, I’m actually going to suggest it as a Christmas group game to my family to spice up our actives.
In the wake of being made redundant, hopefully scoring a new job with greater prospects, and forever waiting to hear back from my agent (I've bought Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2018 because I'm beginning to worry he doesn't have time to take me on - I also need to brush up on knowledge of publishing contracts), I am desperate… Continue reading We Need More Lesbian Knights
Don't agree to everything your agent says. Soooooo... Last time I updated, my agent Suresh and I were talking about THE ENDING of my novel. And we talked for nearly two months about the bloody ending. For the first time, I just couldn't accept the changes he wanted me to make, full stop. Originally, I'd… Continue reading Getting Published: part…six?
I'm back from Turkey by about a week and, wow, food wise, last week was a shambles. To be fair, we were mostly too tired and immediately too busy to even care about shopping for the week. Two days back from Turkey, I went for an appointment with an adorable nutritionist. As someone with fibromyalgia that… Continue reading The Week in Recipes: oh hiya