Update: Holidaaaay tiiiimmmeee!

Hello all! A quick updateamundo!

I shall be on holiday for the next little while, so you probably won’t hear much from me. However, I do have some things planned once I get back: firstly, sorting out my laptop situation (a brilliant friend has lent me a working laptop until I can afford to buy one – three billion cheers for her!); I hope to do this mid-August. Secondly, I have found all the scribbly art that I did while I was writing The Life and Times of Angel Evans. I’ve been sorting it out, and colouring some of it, and I intend to start a little ‘behind the scenes’ column once a month sharing that and other things with you. I hope you all enjoy this 🙂 Thirdly, I have set up a ko-fi page! You can buy me coffee through the internet now! Wow, isn’t that magical? 😀

Other updates

Writing: Just finished a novella, I’m now hiding it from myself for a few weeks so that I get editing space. Also plotting a mini-series that would go on this blog: bonkers, not-particularly-accurate sci-fi full of queerness. It’s in progress, and I’ll keep you updated. Also been poking some of my old stories: sometimes they poke back, which is worrying…

Reading: more fanfiction than I should. I regained internet access and went a bit mad. I have a lot of books that I’m planning to read while on holiday though. So. Many. Books.

Other thoughts: I want this song to be my theme music. Whenever I walk into a room, it plays. Loudly.

And that’s it! Until we meet again, farewell 🙂

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Another update: the surface is in sight!

So thinking that it was just one week of blergh was rather optimistic, as it turns out… However, there is good news my lovelies! I am plotting some plots in cahoots with various friends, and they are exciting plots! I am unable to tell you anything more at this point, but at some time in the future events will eventuate 🙂 I am also planning to put one of those “buy me a coffee” things on this site soon – I will very likely use the money for hot chocolate, should any of you actually decide to buy me a drink 🙂

Reading: I am currently reading The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke. I’m finding it a bit tricky to settle into, but it is making me desperately want to re-read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, which I don’t think I ever reviewed on here. I have just finished Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb, Bearly a Lady by Cassandra Khaw, and Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott. I’ll attempt to get reviews up soonish. I am also getting back into The Knowing by Kevan Manwaring, following a dramatic failure on the part of my e-reader thingamabob…

Writing: I nearly have a novella, nearly nearly. Gotta get another thousand words in there before it technically counts, but it’s getting there. Also the plotting project :D:D:D

Excited about: Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor, out in January. *excited sounds* and A Question of Faith by Tonya Liburd, out now and in my reading pile. Both of these things sound AMAZING.

Binti: the NIght MAsquerade

Could not find artist name.

A Question of Faith by Tonya Liburd

Art by Jennifer Johnson

Thinking about: organic spaceships and teenage ducklings. Teenage ducklings are amazing, they look SO DAFT!

That’s it for now – hopefully I will not be gone so long this time 🙂

News and squealing

Hellooo! I know I know, I’m not very good at this whole ‘blogging regularly thing’. I figure if you’re still following me after all this time you’ve worked this out.

So anyway, here is a quick listy of the literary(?) things that are going on in my life at the moment:

Writing news: I have just finished the first draft of a short story (okay, it’s not that short, it’s about 12,000 words), and I have printed it out, put it in a folder and hidden it under the bed where it is going to stay for at least a month while I gain the distance necessary for editing. I’m finding this hard because I’m very excited about this story, and I just want to to dive back in there. The space, however, is very important. In the meantime, I’m drastically re-vamping an older story of mine that I found a while back and which I think has a lot of potential. Hopefully, I can get this done in the month while the first story is Under The Bed, and maybe have it in shape for sending to submissions by December. Hopefully…

Reading: I have just read The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot. It’s the first thing I’ve read by them, and I really enjoyed it. I may well write a review in the near future. I’m also reading Women in Dark Times by Jacqueline Rose, which I can only handle in ten to fifteen page bundles at a time, mainly because I end up full of impotent rage…

Excited about: I’ve ordered my copy of A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers and I am very very very excited about it! I shall have it in the next few days! *dances*

And that’s me for now – more news to follow as and when.

🙂

And she’s back!

Hello! how lovely to see you all again! How are you? Spiffing! etc etc etc

You may have noticed my absence, you may not have. As I am not fantastic at this whole blogging thing anyway, I won’t be at all offended if you didn’t. I was once again hijacked by LIFE, which got so busy that I forgot all about the existence of this lovely little bloggage.

So, here is a speedy update of what I’ve been up to:

Writing: two very exciting short stories, one high fantasy, one almost-high-but-not-really fantasy. A series of poems about a year in my life… I may never show that to anyone ever, I’m not sure at this point.

Editing: The Life and Times of Angel Evans, which will be published by the BookSmugglers in September, and let me just take a moment to be extremely excited about the cover art. ^.^ It is sooooooo gorgeous and I can’t wait until you all get to see it (I am buying the original – I intend to frame it and put it on my wall and spend hours admiring it because the artist is a genius). I’m a bit more scared about people reading my story, but hopefully most of you will enjoy it – it has magic, strange romance and the end of world (possibly)…

On the backburner: oh wow, so many things here…. Superheroes and sci-fi and giants, oh my!

Recently read: Now this is a looong list, but let’s just go for it. In no particular order we have:

  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (re-read)
  • The Table of Less Valued Knights by Marie Phillips (re-read)(SOOOOOO FUNNY)
  • Love & Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Princeless: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley and M Goodwin
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Powell
  • British Fairy Tales by Alan Garner (research)
  • The Wicked and the Divine big pretty doorstop edition by Gillen, McKelvie, Wilson and Cowles (why? Why did I do that to myself? My poor poor heart)
  • Kaleidoscope edited by Alicia Krasnostein and Julia Rios (re-read)
  • How to Piss Off a Failed Super Soldier by John Chu (part of the BookSmugglers Summer of Superheroes, well worth a read people and you can read it for free, visit this link )
  • ODY C: Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (re-read)
  • The City and The City by China Miéville
  • Raising Steam and The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett (I cried)
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (re-read)

Current reading: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (at least the fifth re-read), The Disappearing Dictionary by David Crystal and If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie, The Secret of Laughter by Shusha Guppy.

Given up on reading for now because I am too damn scared: Perdido Street Station by China Miéville…. I want to read this so much – I love the language and the world building and the intriguing intriguing story. However, it is also scarily as if China Miéville has a list of everything that triggers me and makes me lie awake at night and has put it in this book, using the kind of language that makes me want to keep reading. Nightmare fodder, but in the best way.

Humming and Hawing about: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (do I have to tell you who the author is?). I sort of want to, for the sake of completion. But then again, I thought it was over. I was okay with it being over. I’ve had ten years worth of fan conspiracies and theories and fanfiction and making my peace (or not)(more pretending it never happened if I’m honest) with the epilogue. I mean, I will eventually end up buying it because I hate having incomplete collections, but I’m not actually very excited. I’d like to go see it at the theatre, but alas I am not made of money so that’s unlikely.

On the note of Harry Potter, you may remember that me and my partner-in-crime were re-reading this with the genders all flipped. Again, this is something that has gone on hold because of LIFE, but if we start it up again I’ll update you on our thoughts about it. (I want to carry on because I am very excited about gender-swapped Voldemort).

Also, Star War: the Force Awakens! I know it was ages ago, but I am still swooning.

Hopefully, I’ll get some reviews up soon. If you look at any of those recently read titles and think ‘oh yeah, I’d love to read a review of that’ then leave me a comment and I’ll at least attempt to write one. Otherwise I’m just going to review whatever takes my fancy, whenever I have time.

And finally, enjoy this picture of me in the dress that I bought with some of the money from The Life and Times of Angel Evans – it is definitely the best dress that I own.

Meredith Debonnaire - fancy dress

Singing along to ‘Shia LaBeouf’ by Rob Cantor – if you do not know this song go and look it up now. I mean now. Right now. The live version.

Ciao for now!

And then, radio silence

Hello all. Yes it has been an absolute age since I’ve been on here at all. I assure you that I am in fact alive and semi-functioning. It’s just that recently, I have been feeling a bit like this:

Sue White and Alan StathamSo, as you can imagine, it’s been challenging even thinking about posting anything. But I’m back, at least temporarily. Hopefully I’ll have some reviews for you soon – I’ve been reading non-fiction books! My goodness, what a shock *fans self* perhaps I should lie down until this phase passes and I’m safely back to fantasy?

I even read history books, which was actually counterproductive to me learning about history because generally history makes me so angry that I end up yelling and throwing things about. As far as I can tell, all anyone bothers writing about is years and years of rich bastards prancing around on horses with falcons or something while everyone else starves/goes to war/has a generally shit time. I’m trying desperately to find history that is about normal people, but as writing was for a long time restricted to people who had enough money and time to learn it (because they weren’t desperately trying to grow enough food to not die or something similar) that is really hard because there just aren’t many records to go on. Besides, politics now is shit enough without having to read about hundreds of years of people in suits/crowns/robes getting to make decisions that affect everyone without input from the people who have to live with those decisions. Pah!

And thus ends my accidental rant… Book reviews soon!

🙂

P.S the image is from a show called GreenWing, which is a fantastic comedy set in a hospital ward. Watch it.