Who’s in your top ten secondary characters?

I saw this idea for a post on Helena Fairfax’s blog – she’s a local writer, I think, and I’ve read her stuff for a little while. It got me thinking: most of my favourite characters aren’t always the protagonist. For me, a secondary character isn’t the primary character or their antagonist – they’re someone who’s an adjunct to the main action, another character who’s got something in their own right that’s memorable and interesting, and they help you as a reader/viewer learn more about the main character. Particularly in series, which I love because you sink into a character for so …

2 weeks post-corneal graft

As it’s Thursday, it’s now two weeks since I had a corneal graft, and thought I’d just do a bit of a quick update on what’s happened since. Headlines – it’s going well. There’s a bit of improvement so far and more to come over the next year! The surgery The actual surgery itself takes about two hours under general anaesthetic, and that’s probably the most anxious part for me. I’ve had a couple of anaesthetics for other things, and always find it quite stressful but the anaesthetist was absolutely lovely, really reassuring and warm and friendly, which is such …

2 days to a corneal graft!

So, on Thursday morning I’m scheduled to receive a replacement cornea at St James’ Hospital. This is both awesome – we can replace bits of me?! – and a little frightening – what if it doesn’t work? I’m in that strange place between extreme optimism and thinking it’s going to really improve my sight, and that “what if” voice. Around 3500 people had a corneal transplant last year, receiving a donated cornea. I was diagnosed with Keratoconus about 8 years ago. I often describe it as extreme astigmatism; the eye goes from being normally curved to more pointed, which means light …

Writing and podcasting – poetry analysis tutorials

Something I’ve been doing a fair bit of lately is poetry analysis – some I’ve posted here, some has been at school, and then there’s this little exciting project: https://www.audiopi.co.uk/ AudioPi is a site that has podcasts for students studying A-Level and GCSE English, and History. They’re building up the site but already have modules on a range of texts for the new syllabi. I’m writing the GCSE Poetry Anthology collection – each podcast deals with either a single poem or a pair of poems, and then there’s some at the end of the course which explore how to use …

Favourite artists; Thea Gilmore

I don’t quite remember why I came across Thea Gilmore. It was during my first year of university, and I think it was a series of online track exchanges with some friends. I heard This Girl is Taking Bets, from her Rules for Jokers album, and I just adored it. I was going to and from home a lot, and would usually have music going for most of the three hour journey, so got through plenty. I bought a few tracks, an album, and then saw she was going to Manchester Student Union’s academy. It was a great gig – …

Linking loves

It’s been a strange week this week – being off for two days really throws out your rhythm! Looking forward to getting more back into the swing of things next week and not being quite as disjointed 🙂 Pay yourself first – whether it’s savings, or time, make sure you put you first – or risk never getting to it t all. The planning fallacy – do you really know how much time it takes to do something? I’m terrible at underestimating, and it makes me crazy! Julia shares tips on how to overcome it. Why the British Tell Better …