Thursday, 13 June 2013

Blog on hiatus

Dear lovely readers

It's been a blast over the last few years, but I've decided to put the blog on hold for now, and have archived a lot of the old posts - so apologies if you can't find something you're looking for. Thanks for all your support, and giving a geek girl your time.


Friday, 7 June 2013

Hold Your Breath!

I have mentioned  author Caroline Green before, as she's a friend of a friend, and someone I have got to know better through our shared love of writing. It's always slightly awkward when your friends are also writers because you're scared you won't like their books and will have to spend months politely avoiding the subject, but no such worries with Caroline, whose first book Dark Ride scopped a load of awards / nominations and whose second, Cracks, also won a shedload of praise, marking her out as a YA author to watch, one who writes fantasy tinged YA with enough of a social conscience that it never feels too lightweight.

So I'll be excited to read her next, Hold Your Breath, which is just out. The plot at first might sound similar to Lauren Beurkes' urban fantasy/futiristic magical realism book Zoo City - it's about a girl who has the ability to locate lost things, which ends up causing her more trouble than it's worth - but there the similarities end, as the story is set in a real and recognisable world, and Green has a real gift for writing about young people. If you like smart YA featuring likeable, believeable characters, I'd say you should check her out.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Horror themed jewellery by Stella My Star

Those of you who follow the blog regularly will notice I have been a little lazy of late, posting quick pieces about jewellery and stuff, and you're right. A too-tedious-to-go-into housing situation and a serious family health crisis have left me too drained to keep blogging regularly, and I'm having to concentrate on the stuff that pays the rent (or, at least, will do when I find somewhere to actually live). I promise normal service will be resumed as soon as these storms have passed, but please do stick it out with me.

In the meantime, amuse yourself with these splendid horror themed necklaces from BGG favourite Stella My Star - Cabin in The Woods and The Evil Dead... (All photos courtesy of Stella My Star).

Cabin in the Woods by Stella My Star on Etsy

Evil Dead by Stella My Star on Etsy

Monday, 15 April 2013

More dragons!

So, those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I try to support Indie Crafters as much as possible. One of the designers I discovered during this mission was Louise Farrow, of Nanuk Jewellery, and it's fair to say I am fairly smitten with her stuff - especially her new range, Nanuk Designs, which I've already blogged about as I bought three of her steampunk dragons. Well, 3 dragons might be enough for Danerys, but clearly not for me because when I saw this dragon locket on her site I'm simply had to have it... 

Not only is it just as lovely as the others (and, I must say, Louise is a delight to deal with) but I love the fact that, when it's closed, it just looks like an ordinary pendant. I have a secret dragon, people. How is that not awesome?

Image courtesy of Nanuk Designs

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Doctor Who River Song inspired bracelet by Stella My Star

I know, I know, shut up about Stella My Star already. But honestly, I'm pretty smitten with this River Song-inspired bracelet - a TARDIS! An Astronaut! Just buy it, already...

Bracelet by Stella My Star on Etsy - image courtesy of Stella My Star

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Like scary theatre? The Ghost Hunter is for you!

I've blogged about Theatre of the Damned before, I know - not only do I know a few of the people involved (who are lovely) but I've seen and really liked their shows. The super inventive and site specific The Horror! The Horror! was one of the best uses of the wonderful Wilton's Music Hall I've seen in ages, and their Revenge of the Grand Guignol had some proper 'jump out of your seat' moments, especially As Ye Sow, which went onto be developed into an award-winning show at Edinburgh and which, frankly, scared the fricking life out of me.

So next up is The Ghost Hunter, which premieres in the Old Red Lion Theatre in London from April 30th to May 25 and which sounds fab, and friends who saw earlier 'in the works' production say good things. The story of a man who runs a Ghost Tour in York which is about to get very, very real it sounds splendidly creepy and, if earlier productions are anything to go by, the company is fantastic at using their venues to maximise the scares. (Plus it's only an hour long: you know I love a short play - seriously, can there be happier words to a theatregoer's ears than '60 minutes, no interval?').

There's a real derth of quality horror theatre out there for those who can't afford Woman in Black prices, so I'd encourage you to check them out either in London or when they tour later in August (I'm guessing Postcard of a Painting will be first in line if they go north, as she's a major fan of the York Ghost Tours... you can read about her last trip here.)

Interested? Check out the website for details or follow @ghosthunterplay or @theatreofdamned on Twitter.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Wolf Night is here!

I'm thrilled to announce that the sequel to Dark Dates, Wolf Night, is now out. Go buy it at once!

Cover as ever by Caroline Goldsmith of Red Button Publishing