Writing is one of the most volatile industries in the world. Authors face rejection on a regular basis and that can be one of the hardest challenges to overcome. As a fiction writer, I’ve been rejected far more than I’ve been published. The act of creating something and having it turned down repeatedly is discouraging. But getting rejected can actually be one of the most motivating situations to experience. Here are my thoughts on writing rejection and how to overcome it. Continue reading “How To Overcome Publisher Rejection”
Over the last few years I’ve come to enjoy writing short stories and I’ve challenged myself to send out as many as possible to different publishers. So, it’s always good when a publisher comes back and says they like your work. I’m happy to say that my latest short story Day of The Red Sun is available in the Colp: Sky’s The Limit anthology. Published by Colp and supported by Gypsum Sound Tales, the anthology contains twelve short stories that deal with humanity’s fascination with the air. Continue reading “Day Of The Red Sun Published In Sky’s The Limit Anthology”
France is famous for a lot of things: the Eiffel Tower, art, fine wine, fromage and The French Revolution. Not so much for its superheroes, which is a shame, because France has some of the richest history in the world. Perhaps the most famous French superhero in mainstream comics is Peregrine, or Le Faucon Pelerin. Created by Marvel, Alain Racine acts as France’s protector and is definitely an underrated character. The Comic Vault is looking into Peregrine’s history to see how he relates to France as a whole.
When it comes to improving mental health, people have their own coping methods. Some might choose to exercise, while others may like helping others with their issues. As someone who experiences anxiety, I’ve found wrestling to be a positive influence on my mental health. Not only has the WWE inspired me to pursue things I’m interested in, but it’s enabled me to build closer relationships.
Since it started in January, I’ve been following Saladin Ahmed’s Abbott series, which has continually impressed me with its subject matter and protagonist. Elena Abbott’s journalistic integrity combined with her status as a black woman has provided an interesting journey. Each issue has built momentum, showing elements of a supernatural threat lingering over Detroit. In Abbott #5, Elena finally confronts the demons of her past and future with explosive results.
It’s a great time to be a comic book nerd. Due to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comics have become the in thing and audiences have been introduced to a host of superheroes. Everyone’s heard of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, A-list characters who’ve carried franchises in comic and movie form.
Yet there are still so many characters that people aren’t familiar with, so called ‘D-List’ superheroes and villains who aren’t taken seriously. They can be the kind of characters invented for comic relief or used as cannon fodder in stories e.g. Booster Gold and Bob, Agent of Hydra. But I’d argue that a D-Lister is only limited by the imagination of the writer. In the right hands, an obscure character can reach the same level as Batman and I’m going to explain how that happens.
Names are a powerful symbol that provide a sense of identity, whether it’s to our purpose in life, or to how we connect with a loved one. But names can also be twisted into a way that forces identification through the eyes of another. The idea of being told who you are by someone else is a scary thought because it can be psychologically damaging. A sense of belonging, identity and the power of names are all major themes of Chosen. Written and directed by Christine Walsh, the play took place at The Brickworks in Manchester. The dark tale offered an insight into the mentality of cults and how people can be stripped of who they are piece by piece. I saw the show on the 5th May and here are my thoughts on an enjoyable performance.