Reading, Reviews

Cinderella – the cyborg mechanic in New Beijing

Introducing: MY FAVOURITE BOOK SERIES EVER. Willow here, and let me tell you how much I love the Lunar Chronicles: Not only is book one FANTASTIC, but so is the whole series. I mean, maybe I don't love book two, but for a whole series to be epic? That's rare. Re-reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer… Continue reading Cinderella – the cyborg mechanic in New Beijing

Reading, Reviews

The Eve Illusion – not the popcorn flavour you were expecting

So, it’s 3am and I’m lying in bed trying (and failing) to go to sleep. I know, I think, I’ll read The Eve Illusion for a bit. That’ll be a good bedtime story – cute romance with a chance of mild threat.   Fast-forward to 4am and I’m now lying in bed, further away from… Continue reading The Eve Illusion – not the popcorn flavour you were expecting

Reviews

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

Politics

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?

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

Dungeons & Dragons

How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) • Final Push

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

Dungeons & Dragons, Writing

How to Start Playing D&D for the Total Noob (aka: Me) • Part 2

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

video games

Hidden Agenda – The Future of Gaming

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.