My last festival of the summer – I’m off to Leeds!


This is just a quick post to let you all know that I’m going to Leeds Festival tomorrow and so I won’t be around until next week. I have scheduled some posts for while I’m away and will answer all comments when I return!

Have a good week guys!


Friday Fictioneers – Pure Imagination

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing challenge where R0chelle Wisoff-Fields gives us a photo and we have to write something creative to go with it that is under 100 words long. This week I had a little help from Steven from In Amongst The Ebb and Flow!


My favourite place.

So many shelves filled with so many stories.

I pass a section where dragons come to life,

Where witches stir cauldrons and aliens invade earth.

Another with gourmet food you can only dream about,

Decadent gateau’s and tureens of steaming soup.

One with epic tales of times past and present,

Where Napoleon and Obama sit shoulder to shoulder.

In this sanctuary all walks of life adjoin as one.

I find a dusty volume on the top shelf and pull it down.

I carefully open the cover, sink slowly into a chair and disappear into a literary paradise.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award – Thank You!


I received a nice surprise yesterday to find out that I had been nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the lovely Camgal which is a very inspiring blog in itself! I honestly don’t know what I’ve done to deserve this but thank you so much!


So the rules of this award are:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven Things About Me:

1) I’m currently working on a YA novel about faeries.

2) I’ve been writing poetry aimed at children since I was 11 years old (which is also when I wrote my first fairytale!)

3) I’m a Zoology graduate

4) I’m a gluten free vegan (my vegan blog is at Vegan Beckles)

5) I adore going to music festivals. So far I’ve been to Glastonbury (2011), Reading (2011, 2012), Isle of Wight (2012) and WOMAD (2012). I’m off to all of these again this year!

6) To get inspired I like to wander through the pinewoods at Ainsdale (20 minutes from where I live)

7) I don’t remember a point in my life where I wasn’t either partway through a book or about to start one!

My 15 Nominations:

Blogs that inspire me to be a better person without sacrificing food!

1) Chocolate Covered Katie 

2) The Gluten Free Vegan

3) Raw on $10 a Day (or less!)

4) Better With Veggies

5) Happy Herbivore

Blogs that inspire me to write and find inspiration everywhere!

1) ABC of Spirit Talk

2) Blacksburg Belle

3) JWDWrites

4) Silently Heard Once

5) The Green Walled Tower

6) The Writing Reader

7) This, That and the Other Thing

8) Literary Land of Alysia

9) Joe’s Musings

10) The Write Practice

12 Ways to Start Writing Again

Some good tips!

Don't be "a writer."

More than two weeks ago, I finished up a one-act play–I did the final edit, hit the deadline, then heartily congratulated myself.
12 Ways to Start Writing Again

In the days leading up to the deadline, I was writing 3+ hours each day in order to get the thing done (yes, I procrastinated a bit).  Once the piece was complete, a short reprieve from writing seemed to be in order.  My current internship started the following day, and now that few days has grown into nearly 3 weeks.  Not cool.

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Defining Young Adult Literature

An interesting post on what Young Adult literature is.

From my point of view YA covers a wide range of books. I think there are YA novels which are practically just adult novels and then there are those for younger teenagers. I think this is where the age of the protaganist comes in. Also many teenagers like to read about characters who are slightly older than them rather than the same age.

The main point about YA novels, in my opinion, is that the main character has problems that the reader can understand and relate to. They must overcome these problems and there should be a change in the way the character lives their life afterwords. In other words there should be strong character development.

Scribbles & Wanderlust

I’m currently taking a genre study course on young adult literature, and we’re trying to find a way to define the genre, so that it encompasses current YA, classic YA, and all the subgenres of YA.

We’re finding it to be incredibly difficult! But out class has agreed on these points:

  • YA must have a young adult protagonist (arguments about age continue…11-21, 13-23, 13-19?)
  • YA is a coming-of-age and/or first encounters novel
  • YA has characters and/or experiences that the reader can relate to

Other aspects of our definition we argue over, such as:

  • respecting the intelligence of the reader (authors like Dessen and Green certainly do, but some other authors write less literary and more entertaining/simple language)
  • accessible language (some classic YA, like Jane Eyre seems to be categorized as lately, doesn’t quite meet this)
  • including “classic YA” (is it YA? Was it thrown in because they’re taught to YA…

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Vegan Beckles – A New Food Place!

This is just a quick post to let you know that all of my vegan and food related posts will now be over at Vegan Beckles.

I’m doing this just to make it easier on you guys so you can follow whichever blog you’re interested in without getting all of the extra stuff!

Writing Beckles will now primarily be for my book reviews and writing whereas Vegan Beckles will have my weekly food updates, cook book reviews and vegan rants.

There may be some crossover but hopefully it will make things a bit simpler!

I also would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everybody who reads my blog. I love you all and it makes my day when you leave me comments so thank you!


Happy International Women’s Day

Inequality between men and women is still more common than you would think, even in this country. In the UK one in four women are paid less than £7 an hour which is double the number of men in the same situation. Women’s median hourly pay is 21% less than men’s despite the fact that girls are more likely to enter higher education than boys. In other countries the problem is also serious. Out of all of the people living in poverty in the world , the majority are women. There are many reasons for this including lack of education, discrimination and domestic violence.

This is why International Women’s Day is as important as it ever was. Use today to celebrate the women in your life. Use it to think of those less fortunate than you are. Use it to argue against the inequalities that still exist in the 21st century even in developed countries.

I urge you to find your local event and join in. You can make a difference.

(figures from Oxfam)