#Quill (or why I’ve been quiet lately)

Recently, I’ve been involved in an exciting new collaboration between a group of authors. Over at #Quill, you will find articles, books, a mailing list, and links to fun Twitter events! #Quill is being hosted by different genre teams every week, and this week is Fantasy week. So in a …

Etymology: Glaucous

I love learning new words when I read, and the word ‘glaucous’ was something new I came across recently. It means a dull grey-ish green or blue colour. It’s amazing how many new words for colours I pick up when writing or critiquing other people’s novels. If you are describing …

Magical Books: The Moomins

  As a child, I loved the Moomin books. The Moomins are a family of white roundish characters that look a little like mini hippopotamuses. Given the name, I think I assumed they were a kind of Finnish fantasy troll! What attracted me to the Moomin stories was the carefree nature …

Lefthanders Day – August 13th 2015

Happy Lefthanders Day to any other lefties out there! Yes, people really say that! I’m one of the lucky ones who didn’t have a particularly hard time growing up left handed. It’s in my family, so both my Dad and my Granny, who are also lefties, taught me to do …

Introducing #Quill : Writers at Play

#Quill is a new website showcasing and connecting indie authors across the globe. Join us on Twitter (@QuillWriters) for some fun procrastination. For our first week we’ll be playing a game suggested by Speculative Fiction & Historical Fantasy writer Aliya Smith. The game is live: 11th August 10am-10pm EST – …