What would a writer ask Santa Claus to deliver at Christmas? This is a question I explored in a guest post over on Anne R. Allen’s blog. I’m not sure what Santa himself would make out of it, but let’s just say I don’t think he’ll have this writer on the dinner party guest list in 2019.
Category: Unscientific Generalisations
We Need To Stop Justifying Women’s Fiction Now
If we were really okay with Women’s Fiction, would we ever need to justify it? And why do I change so much on the inside every time I get my hair done? This and other truly shocking revelations in this week’s tardy but multi-tasking blog post extravaganza.
Superpowers for Writers and Bloggers
Ever since superheroes became part of our staple diet of entertainment in the last century, superpowers haven’t changed all that much. But we need new superpowers today for the Internet generation. So for writers and bloggers, what would they be?
Another Fine Mashup: Why The Heroes of Romantic and Literary Fiction Shouldn’t Live Together
We’re overdue some fun with fictional stereotypes. What would happen to the characters we all know and love if literary genres collided? What if a tortured Romantic Hero were to dwell in tension-filled ennui with the moribund overthinker that is the Literary Fiction Protagonist?
Should We All Take a Summer Holiday from Social Media?
Who reads blogs during the summer months? Particularly if the weather’s nice? Fewer people than watch Love Island, and that’s for sure. This leads me to a little online soul-searching, with the help of such philosophical heavyweights as The Guardian and the, er, Financial Times.
A Morning In The Life Of The Irish Constitution #Repealedthe8th
This morning, some fine young women woke up the Irish Constitution to a new Ireland…. and a rake of sausages.
What Not To Write About Irish Women, Royal Weddings, and Facebook Faces
It’s been a tough week to be a woman in Ireland. Too many things filled up my brain to write satire, so I’m just going to tell you what I would have written about, had I not ended up with a brain that feels like one of those mops which NEVER wrings out, no matter what the infomercial told you.
Confessions of a Critic: What Makes People Write Nasty Reviews?
This week, I set out to enquire what drives people to write really nasty reviews. Not only did I find the answer, but I also found out that I was the culprit (and so are you). In an attempt to soften this shocking revelation I have turned this life lesson into unmissable advice for authors and internet users. Just call me Dr. Spin-ling.
Why The Heroes of Historical Fiction And Young Adult Novels Should Never Live Together
It’s time for more fun with fictional stereotypes. What would happen to the characters we all know and love if literary genres collided? What if a tousled Historical Fiction Hero were to dwell in domestic disharmony with the world-weary genius that is the protagonist of a Young Adult fiction novel?
5-Minute Fixes For Your Desperately Dodgy Décor
Following unprecedented success in the world of beauty blogging, I have decided to venture forth into the Spangley Sparkleworld of Lifestyle Blogging, beginning with amazing home decorating tips which are more truthful than an ingestible lie detector; more insightful than a stoned Jedi master, and only slightly less patronising than a kale-munching 26-year-old in a tech start-up.