The chamber walls croaked with the uproar from the gallery. Feet stomped and loud voices shouted liar and crook. Whispers uttered conspiracy theories and guards closed in on myself and Griffin. Sebastien was red with outrage, he shouted and pointed, urging my father to see Griffin in the image he had painted. "Order." My father's … Continue reading Chapter Nine: A Poor Execution
I recently finished reading The Belles and came across an interesting concept - that our novels can come from somewhere deeper. They can come from our personal 'monsters'. Clayton tells us that The Belles was conceived from her adolescent struggles to understand something I doubt we will ever have the answer to; what is beautiful? … Continue reading What’s Your Monster?
1. Less is so much more Honestly, if I have learned anything in the past 12 months it is that flogging yourself with blog posts, social media, and entrepreneurs in your inbox won't make life any easier. I work with clients 9-5 Monday to Friday and find myself telling them over and over, "slow down" … Continue reading 5 Ways To Improve Your Productivity
Yes it's a thing, I researched it. UK readers and writers, our time is now. Or more precisely, Monday 29th April until Monday 5th May. So what is National Stationery Week, other than the one holiday I didn't know I needed? This week celebrates the importance of writing by gathering all stationery addicts and handwriters … Continue reading National Stationery Week: Part I
It's a new month and that means a new challenge! Last month I set myself the goal of writing 500 words a day and that is something I am hoping to keep up as the year carries on. This February, I hope to read a chapter of fiction every night. To some this might seem … Continue reading Fiction February
It is February on Friday and quite frankly I can't figure out whether January went too quickly or lasted too long. All in all it was a challenging month and I am looking forward to starting February with new goals, new plans, and the same people who got me this far. So, what did I … Continue reading January Wrap Up!
So I have reached the end of the road with Eleri's Kingdom! What was once just an idea, became a side project that developed a life of its own. Something I hoped to write, finish, and publish in a matter of months last Autumn became a task that I couldn't complete until the New Year. … Continue reading 5 Reasons A Serial Might Be Just What You Need
Silence filled the cell as we processed the conversation. The lack of light suggested it was still night outside. I wondered how long we had been talking for and how long it would take the guards to return. Nobody would be looking for me, they were all too busy with their plots and planning. We … Continue reading Chapter Seven: The Final Trial
There were only two kinds of people in our town. "The stupid and the stuck,"... "The ones who are bound to stay or too dumb to go. Everyone else finds a way out." Beautiful Creatures is one of my favourite films. I loved it for its magic, its fantasy, its story of love, but more … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures: A Review
My time spent tossing and turning that night was in vain as the news that woke the Palace in the early hours of the morning would overshadow even my mother's rage. I had barely drifted off for five minutes when a piercing scream pulled me from my sheets. I grabbed my robe and rushed after … Continue reading Chapter Six: Murder on the Winter Terrace