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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.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Michael Jackson's Paedophilia


I love Michael Jackson's music. I've enjoyed his music since I heard him as a little kid and probably always will. He was an enormously talented man and has brought much joy to people's hearts with his music and dancing. I think it's wrong to ignore that and to stop his music from being played on radios and TV due to whatever kind of man he was. However, I think it's important that we don't ignore the kind of man he was and see Michael: The Artist vs Michael: The Man.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Why don't white feminists campaign against FGM?


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one of the most barbaric acts happening against women globally. It disproportionately affects women of colour (for want of a better phrase). And yet western feminist campaigns include: banning the word 'bossy', complaining about a pay gap that has been disproven multiple times, moaning because a guy on the street called them pretty, and saying air conditioners are sexist.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

SECOND NOVEL COMING SOON!


Super pleased to announce that 'Anne', my second contemporary YA fiction novel, will be out around the end of April! This novel has been an on-and-off work in progress for several years, so I am very excited for it to finally be out! It is currently in its final editing stages, and once that is done will be available for pre-order!

Blurb:

‘Are you okay, Mummy? Did Daddy hurt you again?’

Anne Mason’s childhood in Richmond emulates suburban bliss, with a wealthy father and a loving mother. But behind the polished windows, Anne’s father terrorizes her mother, shattering their utopian home life with beatings and beer. Home-schooled on a diet of books and museums, knowledge becomes Anne’s only saviour.

One night her dad comes home with the news that her mother has left them forever. Unable to care for his daughter, Anne is sent to live with her kindly aunt and uncle. Struggling to settle into day school, Anne enrolls in Lakeland Boarding School. She meets and falls for gentle Karen, whose friends torment Anne and her troubled roommate Simone.

Forced to confront her traumatic upbringing, Anne learns the horrors of the past and present. Will love, hope, and inner strength prevail?

‘Anne’ is a powerful and dramatic YA tale about life, family and coming-of-age in and outside of London.

My other two books, 'Every Last Psycho' (fiction) and 'Art is a Waste of Time' (poetry) are available on my Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zarina-Macha/e/B07F4BKP3M

Goodreads profile: http://www.goodreads.com/zarinamacha

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/zarinawriter

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Book Review: Sex, Death and Canapes


'Sex, Death and Canapes' is book one of the 'Sex, Death and Dinner' series by Petrina Binney, a Devon based author. It is a noir comedy about fine dining and murder in a village rife with gossipy neighbours.
(Review does not contain spoilers).

Friday, 1 March 2019

No Victories In The Culture War


These past three years - ever since the presidential campaign of Trump really took off - we've all been enshrined in a massive culture war. That's me just stating the obvious. And it isn't just a case of a few people arguing online anymore - it's something that is weaving itself into advertising campaigns, companies, relationships - all facets of social interaction are being affected by this culture war.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Finding my 'god'


God. Atheist. Agnostic. Higher Power. Believer. Creator. Spiritual. These are all words. As a writer I know the power that words can weave, but I also know that power comes from our interpretation. Without meaning, words are a strew of vowels and consonants.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Valentine Blues


Most of us want romantic love. We want a partner to share ourselves with. Songs and movies and literature are littered with it. I've never been the romantic type - I even sneer at romance in public or roll my eyes and try and play the dark/cynical 'got no time, my love is my art' card. But it's mostly bullshit. Romantic love is one of the things I want more than anything in the world next to my creative artistic passions.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Advice to would-be artists


Being in the creative arts is one of the most wonderfully rewarding things you can do. We make people happy. People read our books, listen to our music, attend plays and watch poets because it brings them joy. Art is the window that reflects the world.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Why black girls like white boys


This is a satirical post and I am exaggerating to get a point across. Please do not take literally. 

Friday, 8 February 2019

The Joys of Being a Teenager (poem)


So I dug this up out of my vault of words. It's more of a performance poem but I was probably too embarrassed to perform it in public. Wrote it aged seventeen.

Curfews, kissing, cool kids hissing
Down 'on road', don't know what I'm missing
Everybody tellin ya what to do
'No hats inside!'
'Be home by nine!'

Saturday, 2 February 2019

On Belief


Everyone believes in something. Be it a higher being, a superstition, a political party or yourself. We all have faith in something that keeps us going each day. If we didn't wouldn't we just kill ourselves? The reason I get out of bed every morning is because I believe in the people I love, and believe in realizing my full potential.