Wishes

Wishing Well in Knaresborough

Wish Upon A Star She wishes she could be The star on the silver screen, Or just someone unseen, With no one to answer to.

The Writing Mood

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I haven’t been much in the writing mood recently. Following the wave of productivity that came after reading Patrick Ness’ writing tips that I linked here a few posts ago, I’ve crashed down to writing absolutely nothing. I had done two new chapters on the fantasy novel, resurrecting it from the neglect that it had … Continue reading

Meeting Your Characters

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Today I want to talk about characters, mostly because of something that happened today. In my job, I meet a whole bunch of people, since we’re a busy institution with between 40,000 and 200,000 visitors a month. I don’t get to talk to all of them, of course, and fair enough, but I do get … Continue reading

Review: Greaveburn by Craig Hallam

Greaveburn review

  Greaveburn is a gothic fantasy novel by Craig Hallam, which details the plight of the city of Greaveburn and the ruling dynasty of Glenhaven. Tackling subjects of tyranny, oppression, disenfranchisement, deformity, and revenge, it is packed to the wall with intrigue and action. From the bleakness and stark brutality of the prologue to the … Continue reading

The Dust Settles

Pilgrim, El Camino de Santiago, Salamanca

So, the dust settles on Tornmile now that I’ve finished Book One and I think that’s a good enough reason to reflect on it and other writing things. The first Tornmile was published on 16th July last year and really I started it to have some sort of content on the blog that would require … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 52

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Tornmile Part LII: Out of the Frying Pan Seren felt the rock scrape against her back, tearing her tunic and biting into her flesh. The impact of the water had separated her from Johreel and though she twisted to look for him, silt kicked up from the seabed obscured her vision. The undertow pulled at … Continue reading

Review: The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy marks J.K. Rowling’s first foray into writing exclusively for adults. Centring around the small West Country village of Pagford and the death of Barry Fairbrother, a local Parish councillor, the books also has themes of drug addiction, teenage angst and rebellion, self harm, childcare, and grief. It is an engrossing read and … Continue reading

Tornmile: Part 51

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Tornmile Part LI: The Poison in the Cup Johreel whipped past the outer marker and saw the red scarf there as he had expected: the Magister had returned and Seren had been able to leave the marker. He wondered whether she was really in danger, but the surgeon had been adamant and the subject was … Continue reading

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