Where there's smoke, there's Fire-in-the-Night

It’s been a little over a year since I last put out a full book, but what a year! I had to take a lot of time off for personal reasons, and they were not the fun kind. But I’m back now, with my second novella, A Gift from the Sky. The first tale about Fire-in-the-Night, a young woman in a prehistoric world of stone tools and magical Gifts, where she has to strike out on her own for the very first time.

Mad Max: Fury Road: What a film! What a lovely film!

So, this time around I was a little late to join in the party. The name of the party was “everybody see this movie” and everybody certainly did. In fact, it’s entirely likely that by the time this gets posted to my website, the movie won’t be in the cinemas any more. If you missed your chance to see Mad Max: Fury Road on the big screen, and have still managed to avoid spoilers, then don’t fret about this review.

Another year, another cake

It’s that day of the year again, so I’m looking back on what’s been going on in my life while I eat some cake. A lot of what I had hoped for this time last year fell short, due to personal troubles. Instead of being able to focus on writing, I had to spend that time worrying intensely about a close family member, their deteriorating health, and eventually having to say goodbye to them for the last time.

Reflections from a flat Earth

Terry Pratchett, author and human being, died last week. Many people posted their thoughts and feelings on his passing, but I’m only just getting around to expressing myself here and now. This is because it can be very hard to react to the death of someone you have never met, never even spoken to, and yet who has also been a fixture of your life for many years. I suppose now I will never meet or speak to him now, which pains me a little. I’d think that we would have gotten along quite well.

Everything is new, nothing is the same

A lot of people get their first introduction into literary theory with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and a not-insignificant portion of those people sort of stop right there. Usually after having skimmed the blurb on the back cover and decided that they’ve learned enough. Because while the book itself is a series of insights into the interconnected nature of old stories, myths and folktales that share symbology and rhythms, what these certain people take away is that every story is the same. Which is an absolute lie.

Managing your heroes and villains

The classic comic book argument, besides all the ones about what spandex actually looks like, is who would win in a fight: Batman or Superman? This being the classic way of determining a character’s superiority in superhero circles. Now, there are many points to be made for each side, most of them as pedantic as they are tedious, but I posit to you, dear reader, that neither of them are in the running for top dog of the DC universe. They are both outmatched by the Joker.

Writer's resolutions and a bold new year

As I type this, 2014 is coming to an end, and despite everything good that’s happened to me, all I can think is “good riddance”. Regardless of the positive things, the defining tone of this year has been one of misery. I might be a healthier individual if I concentrated on only the good parts of my life this year, but I’d also being doing a disservice to everyone who’s suffered. People who have felt tragedy and grief, people who have lost loved ones, one of whom I might become fairly soon.