I recently completed Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy (TID), and enjoyed it immensely. Oh yes, it is YA, and comes packaged with a world full of nephilim, demons, werewolves, vampires, plus a healthy dose of steampunk gadgets and clockwork adversaries. It was the funnest romp. Action-packed plot aside, huge part of her story’s appeal was due to… Read More The Art of Yearning in YA Fiction
The day was uncommonly warm. Slowly, silently, the vines suckled at the sunlight, soaking in the humidity. Inch by inch, green claws grasped new terrain. A day. One week. Two. The garden was theirs. Nothing else left unconquered. Still, leafed claws stretched. Soon – the gate. Then. The outside world.
This piece won a runner-up position in the Two Voices Competition, organised by Writing the City. It’s a great place to meet fellow writers, share your work and get critique. Also – they hold monthly themed competitions – so you get an incentive to start writing, and a launchpad for your story ideas. A useful… Read More Lift Lobby
Time has passed since I wrote this piece. I don’t usually write poetry, and when I do, it’s often not to play with words and language like the best poets do. I suppose they are cathartic pieces, a way of untwisting convoluted emotions at play. I’ve always been annoyed at how literal and emotionally driven… Read More Unravelling
I told father ………. “A poem would suffice” He retorted ………. “I’m no poet” I told father ………. “Just a few lines” Father cobbled together ………. lines, lyrics. A word here, a phrase there ………. from obscure songs. His favourites. It was an un-poem, ………. clumsy, heartfelt, with such poetic intent, just like love –… Read More Anniversary