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Monday, 20 May 2019

Why Game of Thrones Ended Perfectly

So the greatest TV show of all time is finally over, and now we have the books. Many are disappointed and pissed off about the ending as they have been throughout this season. In this post I'm going to explain why I think the ending perfectly summed up the story's main themes and messages. The fact is, you can't please everyone, and a story has to end not by how we would like it to end, but how it ends based on its themes and prior events.
(Long post ahead, will contain spoilers. DO NOT read if you haven't seen the final episode!)

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Reviewing Contemporary Poetry Books

Being a freelance author and poet means I get to network with other poets who have their work readily available to buy or trade. I've had the pleasure of reading some wonderful literary works by some writers in the poetry scene and will be listing them here with short reviews, plus links to their books! (It's always nice to give back; we must help each other in this tough business).

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Game of Thrones' Genius Characterization

The internet is a terrible jungle filled with humans fighting and thrashing points of view at one another. Everyone insists their point of view is best and that anyone who disagrees best meet their end with fire and blood (or the caps lock). Art often reflects real life, and a show like Game of Thrones reflects the truth in humanity; our hypocrisy, fears, weakness and love staring back at us. (Spoilers for Season 8! Also, I've read the first four books so no whingeing here about how the books are better than the show - both are fabulous).

Monday, 6 May 2019

Jon Snow: The Prince Who Was Promised

It's been long foreshadowed that Jon is the one to sit on the Iron Throne. The Season 1 promo video showed several characters sitting on the throne, including Ned Stark, Cersei and Littlefinger. Jon is the only one whom the camera has a wide, central focus on. As explained in this video, having Jon as a contender for the throne (in season one) seems ridiculous. Not only is he a bastard, he joins the Night's Watch which automatically prevents anyone from inheriting lands or titles.  (Contains spoilers for those who are not up to date with Game of Thrones Seasons 7 and 8).

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Sansa Stark: Girl Becomes Woman

If there's one character on GOT I relate to the most (besides Tyrion), it's Sansa. At the start of the show (and books) she annoyed the hell out of me and most fans; she was a spoilt brat who couldn't see what a total arsehole Joffrey was. Her badass sister Arya was way cooler. Eight seasons later and Sansa's become one of my favourite characters, and I seriously hope she will survive to the end and rule the north with Tyrion as her husband. (Post will contain spoilers!)

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Toxic Femininity/Masculinity?

There's a lot of talk on the online sphere about 'toxic masculinity' and now 'toxic femininity.' I would argue that when it comes down to it, toxic behaviour exists regardless of gender. There are some toxic traits more typical of men and some more typical of women (bringing us to that old nature-nurture debate) but in the end, psychological and physical abuse is something we've all been on the receiving end of (and likely guilty of).

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

SMART Recovery vs AA

This post is discussing my personal experiences with AA and its program of sobriety. It does not reflect the views of Alcoholics Anonymous, nor is it in any way affiliated with the core teachings of the program or any other recovery programs. I have written this simply as a message to other addicts in hope that it may be helpful. Also this is a long post as I had a lot to cover!

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Why People Love Game of Thrones

Winter is arriving in a few days and I'm on a Season 7 re-watch. I can't help but wonder; what is it about this incredible show that has captured the hearts of millions? I know, cliche statement. But there are lots of wonderful shows out there that feature captivating and morally ambiguous protagonists and supporting characters and complex storylines. What makes GOT so special?
(Yes, there will be spoilers).

Monday, 8 April 2019

A fool's guide to self-publishing

Writing is wonderful, and being a self-published author is fun in terms of the creative control and freedom you get. Figuring things out along the way can be stressful but fascinating. For anyone interested in self-publishing a novel or looking for advice on where to begin, here are a few things I've picked up on.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Good vs Toxic People

It can be hard sometimes to distinguish between a genuinely good person and a wolf in sheep's clothing. Some people use a mask of feigned kindness or warmth in order to manipulate others, or they are attention-seeking drama queens who think the world revolves around their needs. All of us possess negative and positive traits (relative to a consensus of ethics) but I do believe that there are clear distinctions between genuine loving humans and toxic, unforgiving ones. Hopefully this post will help you sift the shit from the gold!

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Us vs Them

It's very easy in a world full of millions to feel at odds with one another. To stand still and say 'I'm so different, no one understands my struggle' or 'I'm much better than everyone else, I'm special.' In my novellas Every Last Thought and Psycho Girl which comprise my novel Every Last Psycho, I have protagonists that both feature different types of entitlement.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Women vs 'Toxic Masculinity'

Two men, both alike in romantic idealism, in classic and contemporary literature, where sexual scenes are laid. Their names: Mr Rochester and Christian Grey. These male protagonists in literature are often cited as purveyors of romantic desire among women.