Writing

Writing

Reflections on writing, exercises and resources.
Sep
25
Orange leaves against a monochrome background

Awards-eligible works 2022

It's that time of year, so... Here are the stories I have had published in 2022. I'd be very grateful
1 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

Some thoughts on connections between empathy, person-centred therapy, and speculative fiction. First, a quick definition: according to Collins dictionary, empathy
5 min read
Feb
03
The moon is a simmering tea cup

The moon is a simmering tea cup

I'm a little obsessed with the moon at the moment. I'd say it's because I'm working on a project with
2 min read
Jan
20
A white cat asleep, belly up, on a green duvet

Caring for creativity

Recently I finished Medicine and the Arts [https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/medicine-and-the-arts], an online course offered free by the
3 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