Welcome to my happy place…

Ever since I can remember, writing and reading have been my happy places. They are where I go when, if you’ll excuse the vernacular, Shit Gets Too Real in real life. Now, before everyone gets out their tiny violins, can I just make clear that, actually, for most of the time, my life is exactly […]

Fannish Obsessions and Feelgood Fiction

I’ve written about fandom a lot, and I’m sure I write at least one blog post a year where I explain just how much an impact falling in love with books, films, TV shows and plays has had on my writing life, but since it’s happened again after I saw The Force Awakens and The Last […]

Le Geek, c’est chic (and so the Force Awakens)

**CAUTION! ONE SPOILER FOR STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI AT THE END OF THIS POST** OK, I admit it. And I’m sure this will come as a total surprise (not). I have always been a bit of a fangirl. Back from the time I first encountered the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon as an eight year old, to journeys […]

John Wick – review and fanfiction.

As usual, I watched a film and thought about it a lot. I liked both John Wick 1 and 2, and not just because Keanu Reeves is extraordinarily good to watch, and still criminally underrated. There was a scene in the first film that got me thinking, and a short piece of fanfiction was the […]

Feeling the (Dance) Magic…

This weekend I took Daughter #1 to the Curzon Cinema in Clevedon (Europe’s oldest functioning cinema, don’t you know?) to experience a special screening of the 1986 Jim Henson classic, Labyrinth. Much like, as the Bristol Evening Post recently rather sneeringly put it, quite a few viewers ‘of a certain age’, Labyrinth  was memorable for me, and […]

I Can’t Dance…

I’m always discovering new things about the process behind my writing, and as I’m as fascinated by the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the craft as I am the actual stories, I thought I’d write a little blog post. I can’t dance. As a little girl, I had notions of being a ballerina, but my general […]

Throwback Texts: Stigmata (1999)

I was reminded of Stigmata this week, when my subconscious gave me a rather nice dream about the wonderfully  charismatic Gabriel Byrne. I’ve always loved watching him onscreen, and for a long time, Stigmata was on my radar. The tale of a scientific priest, a lost gospel and a party girl who starts to exhibit the signs […]

Textual poacher turned creative gamekeeper?

Those of you who have been following this blog for a little while, or who have encountered me either in real life or online, will no doubt know that I am an enthusiastic exponent of fandom and its many creative forms. These, for me, have included fanfiction, fanart and fanvidding, and I’ve written academically on […]