Remember Loretta?

Loretta bit her lip and took a deep breath before she peered into the keyhole and slid the pick into the narrow opening. “You will open for me,” she murmured. “I DREAM OF JEANNIE meets THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA.” — feedback from the Launchpad judging panel. To everyone who supported my book when it made…

Happy World Goth Day 🧛🏻‍♀️

Don’t try to steal attention from the light. Happy World Goth Day 🖤🖤🖤 (thanks to my Master Of Dates and Occasions, @rebeccaamyfinch for reminding me!) It was providence then, that I put on my black lipstick today 😂. I decided to share one of my 17-year-old-Goth-me thoughts (below). My opinions have probably changed and evolved…

I wrote you – A tale of lost love and catharsis

Another oldish one. I’m sharing the emotional poems at the moment, but then I guess that’s one of the best things about poetry; making words do pretty and clever things to help us deal with the experience of being human. I hope you enjoy this one. A tale of my favourite way to deal with…

How to spot a writer

  I wasn’t going to blog again so soon as Starlet Fey was the first real story I had written in a while, but sometimes those moments in life just happen that take you away, entertaining your mind with droplets of inspiration. How to spot a writer. J R Manawa. She’s sitting opposite me on…

“Beneath the Necropolis Railway” Gothic Audio Book

An amazing and talented artist friend of mine surprised me last week by sharing an audio she had recorded and mastered of one of the chapters in my novella, Emmeline, entitled “Beneath the Necropolis Railway”. For those of you who don’t really do the reading thing, you might like to take a listen, I’m still…

How do I get out of this rut? A gothic word.

Have you ever been in a rut? I feel like so many of us have been in this place lately. You know what I mean. It’s not specifically a financial rut, a relationship rut, a job satisfaction rut, a creative rut. Maybe it is a bit of all of these in someways, and yet, I’m referring…

Warnings for the year ahead. A gothic thought.

Starting the year off as I mean to continue….by inflicting upon you, or sharing with you (depending on your opinions) the beauty of the world as I see it. I took this photo quite a few years ago in the #catacombs beneath Paris. On this particular visit, my sister Sarah and I were mostly alone…

That time I got interviewed???

Okay, so I’m not that interesting, I’m sure, not by a long shot. I got interviewed once by Starbucks for camera and they paid me in coffee vouchers. But I did get interviewed by my friend’s company back in October, and yes, there was a reason for it. Something along the lines of me not…

Water child. My thoughts on refuge and rejuvenation.

Where do you find your quiet place? Your shelter? Your refuge? When it all gets too much, where do you run to find peace? What motivates you, cleanses you? What heals your soul when you are feeling low? Let me know! Nothing heals my soul quite like standing in the rain. Those days when the…

Creativity takes courage. A gothic word.

French painter Henri Matisse set it straight for us when he said “Creativity takes courage”. To be artistic because you have a ‘talent’ is never as easy as the world seems to think it is. Matisse’ words resonate with me deeply this week as I receive critique on the query letter I have written for…

The nature of the world. A word on dream killing.

Hey, welcome back! Pull up a chair and come sit at this table with me. I have something to share, something personal. It’s been suffocating me for far too many months. But don’t let me stop you from eating, please! Try some of the food, it’s good for your soul.My friend and I, we’ve been…