1 July 2017

Introducing The Nopebook

Guess what guys? I've got a new project and I'm pretty damn excited about it.


For a few months now, I've been part of a team setting up a new online feminist magazine. It's called The Nopebookan intersectional feminist lifestyle magazine aiming to inform, entertain and empower.

We officially launched on Friday 30 June, so our website is now LIVE and ready for you to peruse. As the Entertainment and In The Media editor, so far I've proof-read some awesome pieces and met some really excellent people.

If you're interested in both silly and serious discussions on politics, health, entertainment, lifestyle, activism and other good stuff, I'd really appreciate it if you'd check us out and, if you like, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

16 April 2017

Short Story: Night Terrors

It's been a while since I posted a short story, and I'm having another horror kick at the minute due to delving back into Stephen King. Last month it was The Shining, and right now I'm re-reading The Stand. Both brilliant, and I highly recommend.

This little one of mine is called Night Terrors




18 March 2017

New Ventures

Hello, little corner of the internet!

As may have become slightly obvious due to the fact I have not posted in a year, my blogging and writing efforts have been directed elsewhere recently. First off, I am furiously editing my novel Tart with the intention of beginning the gruelling process of finding an agent by the end of 2017.

Second of all, with the current political climate and my own passions coming to the forefront over the last twelve months, I decided to start up a new blog about feminism, body positivity, mental health, sexuality and gender. This blog is called Freudian Sluts and you can check it out on the tab above. 

Occasionally, I do still have the urge to write a short story or flash fiction, and I will continue to post these here for your enjoyment and judgement. 

If you like you can still follow what I'm up to over on Twitter, Instagram and of course my new blog! 

Just in case you're interested, here's a brief recap of what I've been up to over the last year...

8 March 2016

Inspiring Fictional Women #IWD2016 #SheInspires Me

Happy International Women’s Day! I write to you from a train speeding towards London as I head for the Women of the World festival to see Caitlin Moran speak about her new book, Moranifesto. I absolutely cannot wait, and can’t think of a better way to spend this day dedicated to celebrating women and women’s achievements.

I’ve spoken about representation in fiction previously, and figure this is as good a day as any to talk about the intelligent, funny, relatable, determined, enigmatic, real ladies represented in my favourite fiction.


Hermione Granger

An obvious first choice, but one I still feel the need to mention. Hermione is often elevated to a Superwoman level of awesomeness by fans, and no wonder. She’s smart, resourceful, and a truly excellent friend. But she’s also insecure, pushy, and not immune to the need for a much-needed cry in the girls’ toilets - she’s every single one of us who ever felt like they weren’t quite good enough, no matter their achievements.




17 January 2016

Short Story: Behind Your Eyes

Long time no post. I know, I know. 

No much pre-amble to this one, just something that popped into my head and I scribbled down. This is Behind Your Eyes




7 May 2015

Questions You Get Asked If You're A Writer

We've all been there.


What's your writing process?




Can you make me a character in one of your stories?




What's your story about?





12 February 2015

Why I Will Not Be Watching '50 Shades of Grey' This Valentines Day

UPDATE: In lieu of buying a ticket to see the 50 Shades of Grey movie this valentines day, I've donated the cost of a ticket to @RapeCrisisEandW. I would encourage you to do the same (or donate to your country's equivalent). 

You can donate here: http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/donations1.php

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TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ABUSE, ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Before I begin, let’s get a couple of things straightened out.

First of all, no one is forcing you to read this. If you love 50 Shades of Grey with such passion that you cannot bear to hear a negative opinion on it, you can stop reading right now. I hope you won't. I like to think that people are capable of viewing both sides of things, and deciding for themselves. You may disagree with me, and that’s okay. I wish you didn't, but that’s not how opinions work and I get that.

Second of all, I’m not going to touch on the surface-level issues I have with this book; writing, characterisation, poorly-veiled Twilight fanfiction-ness… because those are things I can overlook. They annoy me, but I can get over them. I’m only going to talk about the things that not only make me crazy-angry, but also absolutely terrified.

So.

Let’s talk about how 50 Shades of Grey is an abuse narrative turned sexual fantasy.


7 February 2015

Characters of Temperance [GUEST POST by Ichabod Temperance]

I am thrilled to have this guest spot on Literary Pancakes!

Yum!

I thought my little contribution towards the writing arts would be about my supporting characters.



I have a confession to make. I did a bad job with them in my first novel. I have my two main characters, myself, Ichabod Temperance, and my lovely, gracious, kind, and beautiful, co-hort, er, muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt. Most of the other characters would just make brief appearances and then disappear. I decided that with the second novel, and from then on, the secondary characters would have a more vibrant role in the books.

4 February 2015

A Little Life Update

This is your 6-12 monthly update that I have, once again, moved house. Sincerely hoping I won't be packing up everything I own again for at least another year...

If you've ever moved, you'll understand why my priority over the last couple of weeks has not been blogging... no, I've been doing much more fun things like ringing utility companies, sorting out contracts and packing/unpacking everything I own. 

I've started a new job and it's a lot better than my last. For one, I don't have to say "Good afternoon you're speaking to Becki how can I help you?" every 3-5 minutes. For another, there's a full size TARDIS in the office and I can snack at my desk. I come home feeling tired but happy, and a lot more motivated to work on my own stuff. 

I've been lucky enough to have a couple of great guest bloggers providing content while I've been busy with silly life things. I have another left to post later this week, and would love to hear any other ideas from anyone else who'd like to guest post! Though hopefully soon, they will be alongside my own posts again.

Keep writing!

24 January 2015

Top Down or Bottom Up? [GUEST POST by David Wake]

Top down or bottom up? It’s a phrase from software engineering; always design your computer code from the top-down, never hack it together from the bottom-up.  It’s the same debate we find in writing: plot or seat of the pants? 

It’s no surprise to me that the developer of the ‘Snowflake Method’, a popular plotting method, has a computing background. I do too. It takes one to know one (my degree is in Software Engineering and my Masters is in creative writing... now there’s a weird career path).

I certainly recommend this approach to your writing; plan, plan, plan.  Otherwise it’s ‘spaghetti programming’ to create code that’s impossible to unpick, understand, maintain and rewrite.  Or as a story, so messy that no reader can follow it.

However, that’s a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’. It doesn’t work for writing and it doesn’t work for software either.