New Page! Check out my new Reading Ranting page with book reviews and other thoughts on reading.

Join me as I rant about writing and fantasy novels and writing fantasy novels on my Writing Ranting and Reading Ranting blog.

You can follow my writing journey from confused newbie to published author (published part still pending). I’ll be sharing my writing experience as I go along with helpful advice I’ve received or picked up so far.

I’m also on Discord as LoveFantasyNovels#0367. My group, “Writing Ranting With Others” isn’t just any writing group. It’s for all kinds of writers, especially those who are feeling discouraged or finding it hard to share. Feel free to reach out through Discord or one of my other links here and chat about the good, the bad, and the fun side of writing.

After a series of vivid dreams several years ago, I decided to turn them into a story. Since then, more dreams have become both short stories, and some have become novel outlines. I have various novel ideas and outlines just waiting to be written once I’m done with my primary WIP. I like to work on one main WIP at a time while dipping into others when I need a break. Check out some short stories on my Dreams of a Fantasist page.


My first project was a pentalogy. I drafted the whole thing until I had over 500k+ words. After learning more about writing, I realised it was too big of a project for a first-time author. I decided to work on a standalone, which is about to go through its final edit after various critiques and beta readers. See teasers of my WIPs on my Novels page. 

Keep up to date with my ranting via my posts. See below for the latest rants or my Writing Ranting page for the full blog.

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Top picks from my blog…

The Mechanical Beast

Check out more from my Dreams of a Fantasist collection. This is silly and fun and based on something real that I’ve made fantastical because I see the fantastical in the most mundane things. Can you guess what it was based on? In the wild, I am the huntress. I prowl the black and grey…

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Take Flight

Another story from Dreams of a Fantasist. The title was inspired by Lyndsey’s track, but the story is a Fantasist original. I run through the battlefield, dodging swinging swords as I go. My weapon long lost, the balance tips further in their favour. Blooded ground stretches out before me until it meets dark mountains beyond.…

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Pearlescent

A little poem from my random Bursts of Words collection. I once had a collection of pearls in an iridescent shell. Each one contained a piece of my heart. Some I wore on a necklace when I needed them while others were safe away from the cruel world. They shimmered in the sunlight and brought…

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My latest rants…

Book Review. The Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, and Crown of Guilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 2 stars.

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers, but I keep the best parts vague. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more reviews and thoughts on reading. Disclosure: I didn’t finish book 3 because I just gave up. Also, this is a pretty negative review. I liked book 1 for the most part, but the series went downhill from there, and I’m truly sorry to Jennifer since I loved her Wicked and Titan series a lot. Also, I purposely put books 2 and 3 from the Blood and Ash series together because I had the same feeling during both books. What…

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Book Review. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. 4 stars.

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers, but I keep the best parts vague. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more reviews and thoughts on reading. I’ve been finding it hard to get into books lately, so I’ve been trying all kinds, including YA. I don’t mind YA when the characters are mature enough that I can’t tell most of the time. What I liked… The writing. The prose was lovely and suited to the story, age category and general tone based on what I expected. Holly’s style is eclectic while not overindulging in excessive description.  The obscure relationship between…

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Having an Online Presence Isn’t so Scary!

Treat for my writing buddy T-Rex who is always supporting me in my writing, so here’s some hopefully helpful thoughts on getting online. Blogging and staying active on social media to promote your brand is time-consuming and overwhelming when you have a million and one other things to do, but if you want to make it in this world, you have to market yourself. I’m going to breakdown some tips for organising and connecting your apps to make things that bit easier.  Let’s start with a blog and website.  I strongly recommend a full-package hosting platform for your website. They…

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Book Review. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. 5 stars.

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers, but I keep the best parts vague. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more reviews and thoughts on reading. Serpent & Dove is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I liked it from the opening page. What I liked…. The brunette MC with blue-green eyes, because I’m a brunette with blue-green eyes, so that’s completely a personal reason and not useful to anyone.  It’s YA, which I don’t mind when the characters are mature for their age, like in this book. I found myself forgetting that Lou is…

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Unravelling Writing Advice – He Said, She Said.

Another installment from Unravelling Writing Advice series. I find there’s a huge divide when it comes to using said/asked as a dialogue tag and when to use a synonym. I’ve read books that are extreme one way or the other and feel strongly that limiting to said is boring while overusing synonyms gets too much. I’m going to breakdown reasons for using or not using synonyms of “said”. They’re short lists, but I think they make the point. Reasons for sticking to “said/asked”… It’s simple and easy to process who is saying what without distractions. With a good description of…

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Book Review. From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 3.5 stars

Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers, but I keep the best parts vague. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more reviews and thoughts on reading. I’ve read a few of Jennifer’s books before. I liked the Titan and Wicked series, though I’ve yet to read Brave. From Blood and Ash is very different to her previous books. What I liked… I really liked the beginning of this book. Poppy’s curiosity beyond her current situation was nicely established early on. Hawke was also a fun interaction in the opening chapters.  The main issues of the world evolved nicely and kept…

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