Book Review: The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Most tales in history tell the stories of men, who ride to wars for gospel, glory and gold, or scheme and plot against their political rivals. Little is said of the women who lived in these times, except as ‘commodities’ – pawns to be married off to cement alliances, bring wealth into a family, or treated as baby-making machines. But historians and storytellers often forget … Continue reading Book Review: The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Book Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Japan is a fascinating place, but it is also one that can seem rather… unusual to outsiders. Like how they’re insane sticklers for punctuality (the management of a train service issued an official apology ‘for the inconvenience caused’, after the train departed 20 seconds early). Or their crazy dedication to order and their need for conformity (there’s a Japanese saying that goes ‘the nail that … Continue reading Book Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

30-Day Writing Challenge: A Kiss

6. A Kiss  A kiss is always something intimate and magical, and there’s no other kiss like your first. The feeling of your heart racing in your chest, and the soft feeling of their lips against yours. I can’t help but recall mine with hint of bitterness, although the years have since dulled the pain, like a phantom scar that no longer hurts. You see, … Continue reading 30-Day Writing Challenge: A Kiss

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 4: A Strange Phone Call

4. A Strange Phone Call  When I was about seven or eight, we had prank calls to the house all the time. This was before mobile phones and caller IDs. The caller would ring us up, and when we picked up saying ‘Hello?’ there would be silence on the other line… until we hung up. Sometimes we’d catch a giggle, which sounded like a young … Continue reading 30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 4: A Strange Phone Call

30 Day Writing Challenge Day 2 – Your First Heartbreak

2. My First Heartbreak Wow, only day 2 and we’re already jumping into the hard stuff, huh? Most people associate heartbreak with romantic relationships, but I think being heartbroken can also come from someone close to you, like a best friend or a family member. I think for me, my first heartbreak was when I was 13. The repercussions of it still haunt me to … Continue reading 30 Day Writing Challenge Day 2 – Your First Heartbreak

NaNoWriMo: 30-Day Writing Challenge – Day 1

Hey guys! Can’t believe that there are only two months left to 2019. You know what that means: it’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) ! NaNoWriMo was originally conceived to challenge writers to complete a novel within a month (November), but for those who find that impossible (like me, lol), the substitute would be the 30-Day Writing Challenge, which is still a good way to … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: 30-Day Writing Challenge – Day 1