‘Every Woman Writer Feels Like She’s Starting Over Without Any Guides’


Zan Romanoff | Longreads | February 2019 | 11 minutes (2,920 words)

“Stories can be risky for someone like me,” the narrator observes early in The Raven Tower, which marks highly decorated science fiction author Ann Leckie’s first novel-length foray into fantasy. The speaker is an ancient god named The Strength and Patience of the Hill, who goes on to explain a cardinal rule for gods in the world of The Raven Tower: “what I say must be true, and if it cannot safely be made true — if I don’t have the power, or if what I have said is an impossibility — then I will pay the price.” That price is the god’s own life.

It makes sense that four novels, two Locus Awards, one Hugo, one Nebula, and an Arthur C. Clarke Award in, Leckie is grappling with the power and potential of narrative and language…

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The Woman


She’s the one you can’t tame

A fortress you can’t conquer

She’s fierce like fire

Always ready to unravel

Her voice makes you go nostalgic

Not many may know,

There’s a mild scent of mystery

Hidden in her cologne

She’s the captain of her own ship,

Sailing across the ocean of her mystical mind

She’s a mother, a daughter, a sister

The one you always find standing by your side

And when you look into her enamoring eyes

There’s a ray of hope on the verge of light

Who is she?

So alluring, so determined

What makes her so conspicuous?

What makes her to shine so bright?

I’ve seen people envy her

I’ve seen them grinding teeths

Those hideous conspiring eyes

Staring at her, are hard to deal with

And if they ever try to drag her down

She’ll find a way

As she’s so fixated on what she wants

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Stop calling them soft skils;they’re essential skills.

Entrepeneur.com put out an article about the top 11 reasons millenials get fired, and the top five are the need for independence, lack of confidence, anxiety, miscommunication, and that they lack vision. The main reason millennials get fired is because they can’t collaborate, they lack confidence in themselves and their decisions- which can lead to… Continue reading Stop calling them soft skils;they’re essential skills.

A song of procrastination and ire – week 36 as a PhD student

Learning to write

Game of Thrones clips are filling my procrastination periods this week; I do not know why. The interesting thing about procrastination is that it, for me at least, is spontaneous. If I could predict when and why I would procrastinate, it would be easier to avoid.

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This week has been a relatively good week as it was more balanced than usual. By balanced, I mean that the writing to lab work ratio was much more favourable. I have previously discovered that the best week for me involves writing and practical work; if I do too much of one or the other, I get bored and disinterested quite quickly. Two days of writing with three days of practical work seem to be the sweet spot at the moment.

I have noticed that my writing has improved; mostly it has improved in the fundamentals, grammar, punctuation etcetera. What I am finding hard…

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Sleep and a Baby


Ah. Sleep. Five letters, a short word, but it’s undoubtedly a central topic to new parents happiness (and sanity). I don’t have any sleeping advice other than the age old “sleep when the baby sleeps” (which I did and it is amazing advice), but I do want to share my experience with our sleep and our now (almost) 8 month old. If you follow me on Instagram, a lot of my posts lately are centred around sleep, and getting Alba a good sleep. I’m obsessed right now, and for good reasons.

** Before I share our experience, I do want to preface with this – you know your baby, and do what works best for you and your family. I am not a medical professional, and if you have any questions regarding sleep and safe sleep, please ask your paediatrician.**


We’ve been blessed with a good sleeper since Alba was…

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