Early one misty morning in rural Louisiana, the body of a young immigrant woman is discovered in a shallow grave on the grounds of Belle Vie – a former plantation, now a museum dedicated to preserving the history of the American South. Belle Vie’s manager, Caren, whose own history is closely linked to the plantation, is drawn into the police… Read More
This week, I have mostly been amused by articles in the Daily Mail. Two in particular kept me entertained, both with a distinctly feminine theme. After seeing a comment from a man on Facebook about how he was deceived by past Bodyform adverts about the nature of periods, the company seized the opportunity to reply with a hilarious video (see… Read More
I read an interesting article today that reiterates the findings of a recent study into the nature of creativity. The article, from the BBC website, states that: “Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible…” I’ve always wondered at the way people with creative tendencies can be prone to depression and other illnesses. History is full… Read More
Anyone who read last week’s Random Stuff post will know I’m partial to a good music video. Not just a good song, but a video that tells a story. My latest favourite is Pink’s new song, Try. When I was younger, I was a massive film buff. I spent my teens annoying my parents, insisting they leave the video on… Read More
Anyone who has ever sent their writing to an agent or publisher will know that nowadays the writer is unlikely to receive much feedback, beyond a generic, ‘Thanks, but no thanks’ letter. Not the most helpful thing when you’re trying to confirm if your work is good enough to be published. There is an alternative, but unfortunately it’s one that… Read More
Usually, I post my Random Stuff blogs on a Sunday, as a kind of look back at the week. But this week I don’t want to wait until the weekend, because my internet travels have brought something excellent to my attention. Yesterday I came across the music video for P!nk’s new song, Try. And I have to say, it’s bloody… Read More
I have a bit of an obsession with sadness. In its purest form it always makes me feel at my most alive and inspires me to write. In particular, I love to find the beauty in things that at first may appear bleak and barren.
This week has been another random one in the world of the internet. The first thing that caught my eye was a video filmed by a man from Middlesbrough – where I happen to be from. Allan McNamara spotted a sheep grazing in a field belonging to one of his friends, but it appears to have an upside down head…. Read More