Stories

Jan
04
A low, bent tree on a grassy, rocky mountainside, with hills and fields in the background

Enduring like a tree under the curious stars

You see up there, where it says 'Sarah I. Jackson'? The 'I' stands for 'Idris', which is a family name;
3 min read
Dec
19
Psychotherapy in science fiction

Psychotherapy in science fiction

Today I took it upon myself to work out roughly how much of my life I've spent in a therapy
6 min read
Aug
09
Ghost feelings: Trauma is weird

Ghost feelings: Trauma is weird

Trauma is so strange. Sometimes I want to write about it and sometimes I don't. When I do, the motivation
4 min read
Jun
30
Identical gingerbread men with one turned around on its front

Speculative fiction clichés and stereotypes

Tropes are part of the SFFH writer's toolkit, but if they're not used thoughtfully they can lead to boring stories
3 min read
May
02
Main characters and imaginary friends

Main characters and imaginary friends

As a child, did you have an imaginary friend? I never did. I wanted one. When I was small I tried to conjure one.
4 min read
Mar
19
Entering the "strange and bizarre" world of the other

Entering the "strange and bizarre" world of the other

Connections between therapeutic empathy and speculative fiction. I've recently completed a short counselling course, mostly because I wanted to improve
5 min read
Dec
14
A figure covered in a sheet hovers above a woodland path.

My first ghost story

We’ve been telling ghost stories for thousands of years. Why do they have such staying power? There are endless
5 min read