Obsidian by Jason O’Loughlin

I don't normally review non-vampire books so this post isn't on As The Crows Feast. However, I was fortunate to get a signed copy for Christmas and I felt the best way to repay that was to offer an honest review. It's nothing fancy, just some first impressions. Obsidian is an interesting read. The world… Continue reading Obsidian by Jason O’Loughlin

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January Reading Retrospective

Since I want to read more this year, I feel a good way to motivate myself is to do a monthly post (very much like most reading blogs), detailing everything I read over the last month and some of my (unprofessional) first impressions. So, here goes: Currently Reading: Anno Dracula: One Thousand Monsters by Kim Newman… Continue reading January Reading Retrospective

2nd Novel done!

Yes! One week into 2018 and I have another book finished! It's very much a first draft still. It's a bit messy and the ending will need completely rearranging but a messy ending is still an ending and that's what redrafts are for. For now, I'm happy with the shape it's in.

Word Painting – The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively — K. D. Dowdall

Word Painting – The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively by Rebecca McClanahan (an excerpt from Writer’s Digest, January 2015) Here are four secrets to keep in mind as you breathe life into your characters through description. Description that relies solely on physical attributes too often turns into what Janet Burroway calls the “all-points bulletin.” It […]… Continue reading Word Painting – The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively — K. D. Dowdall

The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily — K. D. Dowdall

The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily #AuthorTips By TA Sullivan November 8, 2017 The 5 Keys to Character Development My friend wanted me to attend a writing seminar with her, so I agreed to go. However, the summary said it was geared more for novices, so I didn’t really expect to learn […]… Continue reading The 5 Secrets to Developing Better Characters | BookDaily — K. D. Dowdall

How to Collect Writing Ideas While You’re Procrastinating Online — K. D. Dowdall

Melissa Donovan writes, “I love the web. In fact, I think it’s the single greatest invention of the twentieth century. It allows people to meet, connect, conduct business, and gather information quickly and easily, all from the comfort of…well, anywhere. It’s also an entertainment mecca. All that art! Music! Films! Literature! And games. The web… Continue reading How to Collect Writing Ideas While You’re Procrastinating Online — K. D. Dowdall

Rationalising (and Diminishing) in The Handmaid’s Tale

Rationalising refers to a mental process of attempting to explain something rationally, even if it doesn’t make sense. It’s very closely related to diminishing, the act of reducing the amount of good or damage something might have done in one’s mind. This is a key part of the thinking behind the Republic of Gilead and… Continue reading Rationalising (and Diminishing) in The Handmaid’s Tale