Writing: Of Music and Minds

Humans are a musical species. Or so argued the British neurologist, humanist and author, Oliver Sacks, in his book, Musicophilia. Sacks, who passed away in August 2015, liked to explore some of the brains weirdest and most wonderful pathways, using his patients’ case studies as starting points for ‘eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human … Continue reading Writing: Of Music and Minds

Not Another Mary Sue & Other Editing Peeves

Editors are editors because they want to be - they're not going to berate you for your typos or ding your manuscript over a bad simile. They might, however, pause if they discover any of these really, really, really, irksome traits.

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Amazon Killed the Bookstore, Long Live the Bookstore

Time Magazine might have thought it popped up by surprise, but in reality Amazon’s first physical bookstore has been a long time coming. Yes, you read that right. Amazon’s first physical bookstore. To be exact, they’ve opened a 5,500-square-foot bookstore, carrying a not-that-impressive 5,000 to 6,000 titles with 15 employees under the direction of Amazon … Continue reading Amazon Killed the Bookstore, Long Live the Bookstore

How To Be A Heroine

As a twentysomething, I often feel as if I am 'in training to be a heroine' like Jane Austen's Catherine Morland. Because even though I know there's no real narrative to any life outside of books, there's still a part of me searching ... after all if I'm not the heroine in my own life then what's the bloody point?

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CATCALLING EXAMPLE #8,711,987,789

Ah the catcall – the unsolicited dick-pick made IRL. Every time a catcaller opens their mouth, it’s tempting to put a gun in it. I've avoided writing about it until now, but I'm beginning to realise that unless everyone is talking about the issue - no one is going to listen. This post may be NSFW.