Author: tesscatiful

#WriterLife Update: I’m Exhausted

Years. Actual years of editing. So many drafts I’ve forgotten to celebrate when I finish one. But this week something special happened. This week I finished draft eight of The Young Volcanoes of Tenemere. And I’m not going to do what I usually do, that is, take a couple days off then get cracking with the next draft. This time, I’m going to take the time to be proud of myself, because it draft eight has turned out to be quite a special one. Of my eight drafts, three have been major. What do I mean by major? I mean I’ve basically re-written the entire thing. If I opened up my first draft, the one I started in November 2014 after two years of part-time planning, I don’t know if I would recognise it. I’ve put a lot of work into this novel, only the first in a whole series I am still building. But as slow, and painful, and hard and sometimes full-on depressing as it has been, it’s also been pretty damn great. …

Hartnell’s Doctor and Buffy Summers

He’s the one older, British gent she wouldn’t be able to mess about. Most of the time… Let’s be honest, Buffy needs a Giles-type in her life. She loves a father-figure, or even a grandfather-figure. If the TARDIS just so happened to touch down in Buffy’s life and good old Hartnell popped his head out, I don’t think she’d be able to resist. And it would have to be Hartnell’s Doctor, please. I can imagine them so perfectly together, in all their expertly sarcastic glory. ______________ Where Buffy’s mentor Giles was soft at first but gradually showed a stronger side, Hartnell introduces himself to everyone he meets as a tough, slightly unreasonable old bean, who gets sweeter and squishier the more you get to know him. Buffy has the brute strength to deal with vampires, and with the personality to boot she makes a coveted companion to join the Doctor in his escapades. She’s no stranger to a new challenge and has fought hundreds of different fiends. her adaptability would be useful on an alien …

Review: Brave by Rose McGowan

I’ve always enjoyed Rose McGowan for the fiery individual she appeared to be on screen. Even though she states in her memoir, “for those who knew me as an actress, I must inform you I was never that person”, she’s still a damn queen, I know it. Her fire comes across from the very first page. Her words are fierce, they demand attention, and damn right. For a survivor of abuse to come forward and tell her story, I would expect nothing less. “I was told I had to have long hair, otherwise the men doing the hiring in Hollywood wouldn’t want to fuck me, and if they didn’t want to fuck me, they wouldn’t hire me. I was told this by my female agent, which is tragic on so many levels.” Brave is less of a memoir, more of a social commentary with McGowan’s own experiences as the starting point. It’s a story about women and the abuse of women; it’s a painful and, yes, fairly triggering account, but it’s the kind of book …

Investing in the future; upgrading the blog

If you want to be taken seriously as an author, you have to invest in a decent website. This is what I told myself as I clicked ‘purchase’ on a £70 yearly subscription to upgrade my hosting. Yeah, £70 ain’t a bad price, but as someone who has yet to earn a penny from her writing, it’s a statement. A commitment. It’s £70. I neglected my blog for about a year. It just wasn’t pleasing me. I was no longer satisfied with just a blog. I wanted a website. I wanted it to look swish and aesthetically fabulous; a site I could be proud of, the face of my ‘business’. I tried multiple times to make the best of the free WordPress themes; I cannot tell you how many hours I spent wrestling with its appearance. Nothing was good enough. Nothing made me happy. Still, I didn’t upgrade. A custom domain name and access to themes beyond my wildest dreams, all available for me to code devoutly and make entirely my own. All within my …

#TYVOT has hit 1,000 Wattpad views!

Ooooh it is a happy Friday! Today ‘The Young Volcanoes of Tenemere’ hit 1,000 views on Wattpad, just short of its two-year anniversary of being uploaded (25.03.16). I know 1,000 views may not be a lot to some, but for me it’s such a milestone. I know my own proofreading and edits can account for at least 100 of those views, but the vast majority of views have come from people who care about me and want to support me, and some have even come from complete strangers who have no idea who I am but who have left votes and comments telling me how much they have enjoyed my story. Thank you to everyone who has taken time out of their day to read and support my creative endeavour. Thank you so much for voting, commenting and providing much-welcome feedback. I do really hope my work is enjoyed, and if it tickles your fancy I hope you read on, or if you haven’t checked it out yet maybe you’d be up for giving it …