Is it better to be single as a writer?

Being a writer requires a host of less than desirable personality traits. Voluntary, solitary isolation. A God Complex. Morbid curiosity. An overly analytical mind. Congratulations to whatever (un)lucky individuals we writers end up with. I hope you’re prepared for the jackpot you’ve won, but is being a writer whilst single any different from being in a…

Writing killed my relationship

Few events in real life can be so neatly separated into A + B equalled C. Although the spectacular and sudden ending of my latest attempt at love was certainly not one of them, my writing was at least A. An Accomplice. It played more than a small part in bringing about the end, and…

Writing is killing my relationship

In my last blog post I wrote: ‘write every day is the mantra of the established writer, but the impossibility of the first time novelist’. The more time I spend writing, the more I realise how true that is. The more I write, the more I sacrifice from the rest of my life. Like many…

How to still be a writer on days you don’t feel like writing

‘Write every day’ The mantra of established writers. The impossibility of first time novelist. It doesn’t matter what stands in the way of you and filling those blank pages with your carefully crafted masterpiece. Be it your job, family, writer’s block or your missing muse, some days the words cannot be forced out no matter…

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Sold by his father. Indentured for his king. Tahnner learns the true meaning of loyalty. But first he must discover what the Threads are and why everyone is so afraid of them. No secrets are safe in the gilding of dawn. The Ravellers Guild is available for free on: Smashwords Barnes and Noble Apple  Kobo http://www.RachelEmmaShaw.com…

The trouble with finding a good audiobook

As any avid audiobook listener will tell you, finding a good one is difficult. I listen to lots of them. I spend my day either at a microscope dissecting or at my computer analysing data. Although these require some skills, they leave my mind free to wander whilst my hands are otherwise engaged. I also…

Romance Audiobook Recommendations

You would be amazed by the number of romance novels I’ve read. They are my guilty pleasure. My ultimate in escapism. I don’t mind where the story is set, as long as it’s toe curling. That’s why these recommendations range from fantasy to regency, but if you love a good romance no matter the setting;…

Top 10 Fantasy Audiobook Recommendations

Finding a good book can be tricky. Finding a good audiobook can be even harder. Here are my top 10 recommendations for fantasy audiobooks you are sure to enjoy!   The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne) Written by Brian Staveley. Narrated by Simon Vance. The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old…

Writing Science and Fiction

As a scientist, you owe it to your work to tell the story it confides in you. Data is what data is, but as a writer it is your job to make it a story worth telling. As a scientist and a novelist, I write both facts and fantasies. Through comparing the processes though, I…

Adult Young Adult- The Missing Genre

When I explain my enjoyment of young adult (YA) books, the response is often less than enthusiastic. It can feel like other people’s opinion of me plummets faster than had I said I spend my weekends playing my little pony. Like a lot of readers, I enjoy a range of genres, yet YA attracts the…

The Ravellers Guild (7)

Chapter 7 Fedan was absent from Rising and Setting for the next week. No-one protested his non-attendance despite it being against the laws of the ravellers. Wherever he had gone, it was somewhere other than the Thread Court. Tahnner knew this because he had searched the place several times looking for him. Fedan’s appearance at…

The Ravellers Guild (6)

Chapter 6 Tahnner froze atop the pedestal. The other ravellers had already descended their perches, leaving him alone, raised above the near frantic crowd of people still lingering on the Thread Court’s rooftop. In the six years since he had last seen his father, the only thing about Rhanick Turro which had changed was the…