I told you, I’m not a goth.

When you meet someone, and they put you in a box….😑😒 An Undead Christmas Carol. J R Manawa. I told you, I’m not a goth…. … “I’m not a Goth!” Nadine had snapped at him, only a few minutes into their casual conversation on the dance floor. “You all say that.” Caleb laughed. She grinned….

My prayer is this…

A jumble of thoughts I’ve had whilst travelling over the last few months, centring around my love affair with the idea of intelligent design, that we are made for a purpose, and what I pray is my daily need to live that – like there is no tomorrow and, what if, today is all I…

A new story is on its way! And I’m looking for your help!

Hey everyone! Beautiful people all of you! I’m currently on the hunt for the next 31 ‘topics’ for my next novel to accompany Emmeline! If you didn’t meet Emmeline, here story is still here for you to take a peek at – if you haven’t read it message me and I may just pass you…

“I, the moon.” …is this a poem?

And then sometimes, once all the pieces have fallen where they may, I am left with a deep set and desperate desire to come home, To that green, green grass. To that place where mountains touch the sky, And legs disappear amidst a sea of iridescent wildflower, Toes in the brown earth, mud by the…

“I bet you were the worst of them….”

“I bet you were the worst of them….” I’m passionate about how gothic subculture is perceived in society. Similar to racism, sexism and homophobia, we have a learned habit of judging those who don’t look like us or don’t present themselves the same way as us. Just because the subcultures of our youth see beauty…

Reasons why I love humans at Download Festival 😍

She only looked back once with a knowing grin before she was at the gates, through the queue, and the festival swallowed her whole. Instantly the world was one she knew and understood better than the real life she lived every day. No one here quite fit in a box. There were boys and girls…

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…

Remember who you are

Two weeks ago I took an impromptu vacation from my blogging commitments, because things suddenly got hot and steamy with the book I have been working on, like 15,000 words hot. I’ve been waiting on the next step in my relationship with this book for a long time, and you know what? It’s exciting, it’s…

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…

Tonight the moon

Tonight the moon is waxing, not waning The sun is rising, not setting I am being born, not dying My existence is at its beginning With Love from this side of darkness, J R Manawa xxxPhotography of Blood moon eclipse by Siggy

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…