Writing – A Love Letter to Life (Or Unearthing Truth and Beauty in Everything)

I’m writing this post alone in my little apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My husband is miles away, and so are my family and friends.  I wanted this time. Time to spend alone working on my novel. Reflecting on my life. But there’s a loneliness to it that I can’t deny.  It’s a solitary work; digging into the soil of my life, my past, my psyche. Bringing forth the richness of experience from which I can sculpt my characters. Plumbing...

Book Review – The Passage by Justin Cronin

  Title: The Passage Author: Justin Cronin Series: The Passage Trilogy (#1) Publisher: Orion Publication Date: 24th June 2010 Source & Format: Amazon Kindle ePUB Page Count: 688 Genre: Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Fantasy, Vampire ISBN: 9781409107262 ISBN-10: 1409107264 Rating:  Synopsis: “It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way...

Writing sex scenes

Writing a good sex scene is hard (oh no, first line into this post and I’m already punning). There’s no doubt about it. Sex scenes, in our day and age, have been done to death. In books, television and movies. To better and worse effect. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my exposure to this extensive modern menu: a bad sex scene, in any medium, can definitely pop your balloon. Acrobatic sex, that bears no resemblance to reality, just makes...

Writing and self belief – On loving our broken creations

I’ve been thinking a lot about self belief. The kind of self belief it takes to keep going when it feels like everything in your life is telling you to give up. I’ve been standing on the precipice of utter failure and despair, gazing down into the abyss, and wondering how do I find this kind of self belief? How do I find a way to banish the demons of doubt that hover at the edges of my consciousness, whispering...

Writing and PMT(yes the dreaded premenstrual tension)

So after a rather cursory google search this morning on the topic of writing and PMT (premenstrual tension) which turned up very few results, I decided that yes, there is indeed a need to broach this important and much overlooked subject. In this post I want to share with you my experience of writing and PMT and the insights I’ve had about it so far. But first of course a depiction of me, or rather my wrabbit self, with PMT:...