Valentine: Act I – Book Review

“Maybe the world would understand. This decision, right now, is the biggest regret of his life.” If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, firstly, welcome back! Secondly, you’ll have realised that I start each blog post with a memorable quote about each topic. When I write a book review, it tends to be a…

Online Writing Courses: Are They Really Worth It?

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” I love learning new things. I remember going for my job interview and being asked what I want to get out of the potential new job I was faced with. I told my now-boss that I wanted to learn. I was completely honest. I didn’t have an extensive knowledge of…

Stranger Than Fiction: Progress Report!

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who can’t change their minds cannot change anything.” Drum roll please… it’s finally happened! No, I’ve not actually written any more of my story (yet!) but I have begun that lengthy planning process! The thing I’ve been telling myself to do for a hell of a long time….

Confidence – The First Steps To Tackling Your Fears

“How can anyone see how great you are if you can’t see it in yourself?” I’ve been wanting to write this post for so long. But, like everything that requires the skill of confidence, I’ve been putting it off. Need to book that dentist appointment? It can wait. Need to call the guys about your…

The Awesome Adventures Of Captain Spirit – Game Review

“I sense danger…Mantroid must be in the area.” I honestly couldn’t have started my new game review category with a better game! Well, in my opinion anyway. Introducing The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit from the amazing guys and gals behind the Life Is Strange series. If anyone knows me well enough or if anyone…

The Joys Of The Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Case and I have paid a couple of visits to the Tropical Butterfly House now; our first being on the day we got together (aww) and the other a few weeks ago. On each trip, we’ve seen the cute, the ugly, (but…

Gaming Influences and How They’ve Shaped My Writing

“Life is more fun if you play games.” Remember those games you used to play in the playground as kids? You know the ones. Acting out The Lion King on the field or running around like you’re on acid to catch your friends. We thought those games were incredible at the time, and when that…

Dear Younger Me…

“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” Dear young Emily, Today I sat for a while. I thought about your childhood. I thought about your teenage years and what you were about to witness in the years after that. I thought about your happiness and your sorrows…

Advice from a writer: Career vs Leisure

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you will probably end up gaining something better.” If you enjoy something, you stick at it. You practice that ‘something’, perhaps not even realising it at the time, but you do. Now, when I was at school, everyone was always encouraged to follow their…