• LET’S TALK:
    — Kissing in Storytelling

    LET’S TALK about kissing… In case you didn’t know, I love Colin Firth. I think he’s a brilliant actor and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen all of his films. Several of them more than once. But his kissing scenes? Eh, no thanks! I seriously cannot stand watching him kiss on…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA:
    – First Week Online

    SOMETIMES, patting yourself on the back and celebrating even the smallest of milestones along the path can be very liberating. And uplifting. When I decided to throw caution to the wind and share my fictional writing with the world, I promised myself that I would be unabashedly proud of every…

  • SOCIAL MEDIA:
    – So This Happened…

    YESTERDAY, I DECIDED to go on twitter to check if I had created an account for my fictional writer’s room. And I had. So, while I was there, I did some follow-backs, responded to a few messages, left a couple of comments and posted a few #ShamelessSelfpromotionSunday pieces to share my #WIP.…

  • THE L-O-N-G SHORTLIST:
    – Stories To Read And Watch

    001) The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer 002) All Souls Trilogy, Deborah Harkness 003) The Shadowhunter Chronicles, Cassandra Clare 004) Fallen Series, Lauren Kate 005) Vampire Academy/Bloodlines, Richelle Mead 006) Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon 007) Dracula, Bram Stoker 008) The Ice People Legend, Margit Sandemo     The first…

  • ANIMAL CHARACTERS
    In Books, Films and Games

    BIRDS: – Hugo, Raven, The Shadowhunter Chronicles    CATS: – Church, Persian, The Shadowhunter Chronicles – Oscar, Vampire Academy – Tabitha, Witch cat, All Souls Trilogy   DOGS: – Lobero, Komondor (?), All Souls Trilogy   DRAGONS: – Cora, Fire Drake, All Souls Trilogy   HORSES: – Rucasa, All Souls…

  • CRITICISM:
    -3 Ways It Makes You Stronger

    3 ways criticism makes you stronger

    HEY WRITER, did you know criticism can make you stronger? Most of us could share quite a few stories about the criticism we’ve received and the mark it left on our psyche. We all know it can leave us feeling weak, misunderstood, and vulnerable, but it can also make us…

  • A Discovery of Witches
    THE FIRST DATE

    OK, LET ME START by making it very clear that this is not a review. This is a summary of A Discovery of Witches (ADoW), the TV-series based on the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The following are my initial comments based on our first date. In the first…

  • CRITIQUE & REVIEWS:
    – 3 Reasons We Hate Them So Much

    MOST PEOPLE hate being criticised, so as writers we’re in good company. It’s just that criticism can sting more when it relates to something you have created. But then again, as Aristotle said: “Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” As writers,…

  • Twilight:
    THE FIRST DATE

    OK, LET ME START by saying this is not a review. This is a summary of Twilight, the film, and my initial comments based on our first date. In Twilight, the first of five films in The Twilight Saga, we meet 17-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan, as she’s about to move…