8 Things I’ll Miss About Reading Town

Now that I’ve started winding down from university, and namely living around universities, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll most miss about that atmosphere. Potentially the first in a series. A photo from the main Wantage building across the second quad to the second set of room where we stayed as first years. Walking to … Continue reading 8 Things I’ll Miss About Reading Town

The Lady in Grey

I recently came across an old poem of mine (circa 2011) and, this being a writing blog in heart, thought it worth posting here. Enjoy! Ice-lady of the wood, Smoke for hair and space for eyes, Grown out of contradiction, Taught not to love, only disguise. She whispers words Only witches can see, Burning babies’ … Continue reading The Lady in Grey

What Makes a Monster Scary?

As some sort of excuse for my lack of recent posting, something which will likely continue into next week – though I will try and reblog some articles, etc – here’s an article I wrote last year, approximately, about one theory of psychology behind why monsters appear scary to us. Appropriate for Hallowe’en day, yes?

Also check out Aussie Owned and Read’s Hallowe’en Hop, where bloggers are invited to post and read about what scares them.

Alexandrina Brant

Not what makes a villain villainous, or what makes a person ‘evil’, but what makes an actual dark monster incur fear in us.

For this Doctor Who day, I’m looking at the creatures, the ideas behind why we feel scared of, for instance, the Cybermen and the Daleks. In many plots, a creature of the deep is needed – in films and TV, this is for watcher thrill as well as plot-tension. In books, a similar idea is used, but less for visual, though I myself ‘see’ characters and settings in my mind. We might want to shock the readers; we might want to raise the tension and the horror element. With our natural curiosity of the macabre, monsters make the perfect emotion teasers. When our heroes are facing a monster, we quake for them.

But what exactly creates that?

Take Hopper from A Bug’s Life, for example. You might…

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Ready. Set. Write! Final Update

I can’t believe it’s the last of these already. It’s been two and a half months, but the time has whizzed by – ten/eleven weeks and all. I may not have managed to leave an update every week, but I’m going to miss talking about my writing on Mondays! Last week’s goals Edit OJAP. Editing in … Continue reading Ready. Set. Write! Final Update

Carroll and Dexter, Hardy and Herriot

(I apologise if the formatting of this post is a little odd; I've been having handling problems with my WordPress today). As Jae mentioned in her post yesterday, reading is just as important for every writer as writing is. I'm sure you know that. This can be any sort of creative reading. I think I have, … Continue reading Carroll and Dexter, Hardy and Herriot

Picture Post: The Solar Plexus of Random Photographs

Bearing in mind that I will be leaving this current computer I use in about four months, I've been going through and doing a lot of 'do I need this?' deletion of my files.. This is important, as my mass of photos take up most of the virtual space. To show you exactly how bad … Continue reading Picture Post: The Solar Plexus of Random Photographs

Looking To The Past

I make a point of looking to the future, but there are times that require me to also look back, to a past I once had. One of those times was this weekend, as I set about clearing boxes of the junk I have collected over the years. I came across an old notebook of … Continue reading Looking To The Past