It’s the time of year again when I look back on what I’ve read over the last twelve months, and feel inadequate for the amount of books I’ve managed this time around. A few years ago, my father-in-law and IRead More 

Right now, I feel like I’m on the precipice. I’m coming to the end of my time as a volunteer here at Mslexia Towers, and I’m starting to look around the UK for what I’m calling a ‘writing job’. AtRead More 

It’s been four years since I finished my Creative Writing MA, and as I left the university clutching my final grade I was imagining how I would best utilise all these new-found skills, all this new-found confidence, all these new-foundRead More 

  What is a zine, you might ask? Did someone just drop the ‘maga’ because they were feeling lazy? Zines are generally a small-circulation publication, often produced by photocopier. They are popular in subculture communities, covering anything from political topicsRead More 

  Most of my free time recently has been swallowed up by the zine I’m currently putting together. I edit an online flash fiction community, Palm-Sized Press, under my alter-ego (ahem, pseudonym) E.M. Killaley. After nearly three years of runningRead More 

I think every writer struggles with writing/life balance, don’t they? (Under ‘life’ I’m including everything from a day job, to parenting, to housework. Sleeping, even. Also keeping up on increasingly distressing world events.) But although I’ve become pretty good atRead More 

Over the last month or so, several online conversations have been sparked around the topic of writing and burnout. Even bestselling authors have been speaking out about their own struggles – Asking For It author Louise O’Neill discussed burnout and insomnia inRead More 

Every now and then the water in our competition manager’s bottle starts shaking à la Jurassic Park on her desk. But there is no approaching Tyrannosaurus Rex outside (though we are an office of dino-fans), just two building sites near Mslexia Towers at theRead More