Writing While Trans: crowdfunding blog posts

So as many of you will know, I’m writing an essay for a book, Pride, Not Prejudice. I’ve decided as part of the fundraising process, and to raise awareness about this project I’ll be writing a series of short blog posts about the writing process, specifically how this stuff all works specifically for a transgender writer.  Continue reading

Pride, Not Prejudice: I’m doing a book, and you can too!

Well, not quite a whole book. Last year I was approached by the editorial team at Unbound, the crowdfunding publisher, to contribute to an anthology of transgender and nonbinary writers, something like Nasty Women or The Good Immigrant. I immediately agreed and started working on my essay, excited about my authorial debut.  Continue reading

Nina Is Not Ok: A Review.

This Fringe season I had the opportunity to attend Shappi Khorsandi’s live comedy show. So I thought I’d read her new novel, Nina Is Not Ok before the show, which was the following Thursday. I needn’t have worried about finishing in time: this book is one of those compulsively readable novels that pulls you in and doesn’t spit you out again until you’re finished with it. Continue reading

Press, poverty and the radical politics of pornography: The Printer’s Coffin, a Review

I picked up The Strangler Vine, the first novel in M.J. Carter’s Blake and Avery series, for the same reason I usually pick up a book: the cover. The American hardback edition of Strangler Vine has an exceptionally beautiful cover, but the book, and its continuation in The Printer’s Coffin*, have a lot more to offer than just good looks…  Continue reading

When detail helps, and when it hinders: Worldbuilding as a Tool, Not a Goal.

As NaNoWriMo looms, and I increasingly suppress the urge to sit down and write the thousands of words that have been floating around my head (is November really still three months away?!), I’ve more and more found myself thinking about worldbuilding, what role it should and shouldn’t play in a story, and how best to integrate it fully with the plot of a project, no matter what length.  Continue reading

Snowfields and empty seas: The North Water, a Review

I’d picked up The North Water because I’m interested in the theme of disgraced protagonists who suffer because of their pasts, and because the snowscape/midnight sun aesthetic appeals to me. Apart from that I had very few expectations for The North Water, and so was pleasantly surprised by it as a whole.

[this is a relatively new book so I’ll warn that there are some spoilers further down the page]  Continue reading