Happy 2017, everyone! I'm so excited for the new year, and all the new things that are on the way. New books! New projects! Star Wars Episode VIII!!! And in the meantime, lemme talk about what I'm going to be doing in this online space in 2017 -- where you can follow me, what you can expect, and a few new projects coming up!
I really enjoyed doing Blogmas last month, and part of me wants to keep it up forever. Another part of me knows that's insane. But I'll definitely be doing several posts a week, at least, of the "nonsense from Rhiannon's brain" variety. Book, TV and movie squees. Musing on current events and cute news stories. Excessive navel gazing about technology and mental health and being a better self. All the normal stuff you'd expect from me. :P
I'll also be starting three blog series this year, which I'm pretty excited about!
- Writing Lessons From... talking about what we can learn about writing and storytelling from various popular series, including movies, TV shows and video games. First post on Friday will be about Rogue One.
- Fantasy History (which needs a better name -- coming soon, I hope!). I'm a history nerd, and a fantasy nerd, so let's combine them, and talk about various dramatic, grisly and frankly unbelievable events in British history that work their way into fantasy. There'll definitely be a couple of Long May She Reign posts, nearer to release, because I really stole a lot from history with that one.
- Tropes in YA Fantasy. This is a bit of a Feminist Fiction-esque series, although they won't all be feminism based. Let's talk fantasy tropes, and YA fantasy tropes! How are they reinvented by YA? How does YA tackle the BS that traditional fantasy brings with it? Does it tackle it? Does it create problems of its own? I'm not sure, so let's find out!
As these are all new, I'm currently committing to putting one of these out every Friday. We'll see what my schedule looks like, and whether I can make the Tropes in YA Fantasy a separate post on Mondays instead. But for now, check back on Fridays for these.
I've started using Goodreads, and I'm having fun there! Follow or friend me for my updates on books I'm reading, and my mini reviews when I'm done, and let's talk books! I just finished The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet and The Princess Diarist, and I'm just starting The Bear and the Nightingale.
My questions are also open there, so if there's anything you're wondering about Long May She Reign, feminism or writing in general, please give me a shout!
As always! The website's been running five years now, and although I haven't always posted as regularly as I'd like, I'm feeling super excited about the new year. Posts go up now on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I talk about feminism in fiction. Obvs. I try to make it as intersectional as I can, considering that all the posts are by me, a British white girl, and I hope it's a feminism that is thoughtful, challenging, but also kind and accepting of the fact that society forces biases upon all of us, and escaping them is far harder than most of us think. Those are my goals, at least. You can decide how successful I am with that.
Posts coming soon include talk about the video game Never Alone, discussion of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and the problem with female characters in Rogue One.
I still have Instagram! I have a cute cat called Hermione, and lots of stuff coming up with the Long May She Reign release. If you like books, animals, and photos around an old British town that looks like Hogsmeade, come join me there!
Which you'll find out about in the next couple of weeks! Can't reveal anything yet, but it's going to be really fun.
And then, of course, there are books! Long May She Reign comes out on February 21st (!!!!), and you can preorder it now, if you like. And two days after that, the German edition of A Wicked Thing, Ewig: Wenn Liebe Erwacht, comes out! It's going to be an exciting week!
In the meantime, have an awesome start to the year, and I will chat to you all soon! <3