"You know the phrase I keep thinking about?" a poet asked, on a different panel, at a festival in Copenhagen. "'The chickens are coming home to roost.' Because it's never good chickens. It's never 'You've been a good person and now your chickens are coming home to roost.' It's never good chickens. It's always bad chickens." Scattered laughter and applause. A man in the audience was having a coughing fit. He left quickly, bent over in an apologetic way. Olive wrote 'no good chickens' in the margin of her festival program.

“No Good Chickens” – The Best Moment From ‘Sea of Tranquility’ By Emily St. John Mandel

I've decided to get into those books I got for Christmas and was immediately drawn to Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. I absolutely adored her non-linear pre and post apocalyptic novel Station Eleven so I was excited to get into a new work of hers. Sea of Tranquility is a science fiction … Continue reading “No Good Chickens” – The Best Moment From ‘Sea of Tranquility’ By Emily St. John Mandel

Book Cover Appreciation: Flood Child by Emily Diamand

Cover by Steve Wells An oldie book with a goldie book cover. It's time to some love to the design of Emily Diamand's Flood Child. This cover is a masterclass in how to show exactly what kind of world the book is inviting you to. A girl in a boat sailing towards a flooded Big … Continue reading Book Cover Appreciation: Flood Child by Emily Diamand

5 Best Christmas Movies Of All Time (And Why Die Hard Isn’t One Of Them)

There are hundreds of Christmas movies out there. Quite possibly too many. Definately too many to watch all of them during the Christmas season. Never fear, here's a list of just five classics everyone should watch, whether you're a Christmas stan or not. Disclaimer: No, Die Hard Is Not On This List Before anyone humbugs … Continue reading 5 Best Christmas Movies Of All Time (And Why Die Hard Isn’t One Of Them)

Is Fan Fiction A Productive Use Of A Writer’s Time?

Here's some common opinions of fanfiction: Fanfiction is all, ahem, erotic. Fanfiction is badly written. Fanfic authors who go onto to be published authors write really bad books. Fanfic is dumb. It's a hobby for awkward young teens. Basically fanfic is viewed as a lesser literary form - if we dare call it literary at … Continue reading Is Fan Fiction A Productive Use Of A Writer’s Time?

How (Not) To Write Your Protagonist (Lightyear RANT)

Writing a protagonist isn't always easy. It's something I've had trouble with myself, but one thing I've always tried to do with whatever I write is to make the character likable in some way. For me, that is the number one priority.