I was kindly given an ARC copy of Forgotten Vows by Lily Mayne, book 2 of her Folk series. Forgotten Vows directly follows Mortal Skin, and continues where last books cliffhanger left off. These are an MM romance series focusing on Faeries. A single book review seemed like it'd just be confusing - so I … Continue reading Review: Mortal Skin & Forgotten Vows by Lily Mayne
Fairy lore has become one of my favourite things to research, and I have also been enjoying the breadth of portrayals of Faeries / Fairies in pop culture. It made me come back to an old topic that most people in the English speaking world (and many beyond it) probably know, to ask a question. … Continue reading Why does iron hurt fairies?
Q-Force is a 2021 adult animated comedy, created by Gabe Liedman, which began airing on Netflix in September 2021. On the surface, Q-Force should have been a hit. It follows the Queer Force, a group of LGBTQ+ superspies fighting both criminals and homophobia within the American Intelligence Agency (AIA), a fictional intelligence agency. Q-Force features … Continue reading Why did Netflix’s Q-Force flop so hard?
I love creating pantheons. I've made enough of them over time, and when worldbuilding, it is near the top of my list of worldbuilding essentials. Right after magic systems. But I've sat there scratching my head more than once, questioning what different types of gods are absolutely essential for a pantheon. There are certain types … Continue reading 11 Different Types of Gods in Mythology
I'd like to say I'm an expert on Greek mythology gifts. After all, I basically just have to write down my own list to Santa and we're there! Mythology is one of my real passions in life. Greek mythology is a personal favourite, ever since I picked up my first storybook. Disney's Hercules fanned those … Continue reading 10 Greek Mythology Gifts for Geeks
If you read a lot of LGBTQ+ fiction, you probably have heard of Dreamspinner Press. They're one of the bigger LGBTQ+ independent publishers around, founded in 2007 by Elizabeth North, who remains Executive Director today. Recently, they've become embroiled in a controversy. I don't really cover this type of tea on my blog often, I … Continue reading Dreamspinner Press not paying its authors: The tea
I stumbled upon the Decopunk genre a few years ago. I absolutely adore art deco, even though we don’t see very much of it here in Australia. Decopunk takes a leap further with the aesthetic, and reimagines the clean, geometric lines and classical imagery of art deco as science fiction. “Dieselpunk but shiny” is what … Continue reading What is Decopunk? A subversive art deco genre!
I'm joined by Alexis from Lunarian Press this week to give you some top tips for your first time doing a comic or book convention as a vendor! It can be an intimidating experience at first. But with the right setup, it can raise the profile of your book enormously. Indie authors are always looking … Continue reading 5 Tips For First Time Book Convention Vendors
I'm a huge supporter of LGBT gaming (how could I not be as an LGBT person myself?), especially around the tabletop, and I was blown away when I reached out on Twitter to discover some great LGBT RPGs. The feedback was incredible and so many people have favourite RPGs to suggest or products they had … Continue reading LGBT RPGs you need to know about!
Myths are one of the most important parts of worldbuilding. Cultures use myths to explain the causes of natural phenomena, ascribe the meaning of words, or just to entertain. I almost always start writing myths early in my worldbuilding, because I find them the perfect way to explore what my cultures think about. A creation … Continue reading Myths: 5 Tips on How To Write Mythology