Tag Archives: ramblings

On being an ally, and why it's never us v them

Sometimes in the queer romance community — and especially when there is something going on that’s caused offence and triggered a heated debate — it can feel uncomfortably like an us v them situation, with cis straight allies feeling unwelcome … Continue reading

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Lovers to Friends (a poem)

Apparently being trans has unlocked a dormant poetry gene. My grandfather was a poet, and so was my mum. This one came to me while I was out walking earlier, so I wrote it down as soon as I got … Continue reading

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Why stories are important, and how fanfiction helped me find myself

  This was my first tattoo: I had it done over a year ago in honour of my pen names. The blue jay needs no explanation, and my fanfiction pen name is a variation of ‘freebird’. I also thought the … Continue reading

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2016: My Year in Review

Sometimes writing and publishing can feel like wading through treacle, so it’s often helpful at the end of a year to look back and remind yourself of what you’ve achieved. 2016 was a very challenging year for me on a … Continue reading

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Monthly Update and my Not-new, Not-new-year Resolutions

Although it’s not a new year, it is a new academic year. Maybe because I used to be a teacher and I live with a teacher and two school-age kids, September always has a feeling of new beginnings for me. … Continue reading

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Scrivener – how do you use yours?

I’ve been using Scrivener (a nifty piece of writing software) for nearly a year now, and I wouldn’t be without it. But whenever I start a new project I always feel vaguely guilty, because I don’t feel as if I’m … Continue reading

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Going it Alone: why self-publish?

“Did you have to self-publish because your book was rejected?” This is a common—and understandable—question often posed to authors who choose to self publish rather than submit to a publisher. But in my case, and in the case of many … Continue reading

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The 2014 "Our Writing Process" Blog Hop

Thanks to Louise Lyons for tagging me in her blog.  Louise is a new author in the m/m genre with her debut book, Conflicted, due for publication in the autumn this year. You can check out her website here: http://louiselyonsauthor.wordpress.com/ … Continue reading

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Hiding: The Girl on the Window Sill

This is by far the most personal blog post I’ve ever written. All my instincts are screaming at me not to post it. But I think that’s coming from the girl who’s hiding on the window sill. So I guess … Continue reading

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I'm visiting N.R. Walker's blog today

If you read gay romance then you probably already know about N.R. Walker. But if you don’t, you should check out her books because they’re fantastic 🙂 Anyway, she’s a wonderful writer and a great friend and was kind enough … Continue reading

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