Shift Zine Launches!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know it’s no secret that SHIFT Zine has launched, today! 

SHIFT has been months in the making, and really is testament to the power of social media. Several of us had similar ideas about starting a magazine for YA, and Twitter helped us come together. It’s been a trip.

One of the things I really wanted to do was showcase new YA stories directly with readers. In our first issue, we publish two short stories that have never been seen before – something I’m so proud of I could burst. 

The rest of the team and I would love you to check out our first issue, and thank you to everyone who has supported us so far!

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Update! Writing, Recs, and Onwards

Haha, long time no blog, right?

I’ve been writing the first draft of a new book, so that’s my go-to excuse, right now. I’m really in love with the story and the characters. And that means I’m terrified no one else will. And, even worse, I’m well aware now of how much a book can be loved and praised by beta readers and crit partners, and then not be loved enough by anyone else to take it further.

Unlike everything else I’ve ever written, this book is contemporary – something I never thought I’d write (and don’t actively choose to read, though I have read a lot this past couple of years).

Here’s a snippet from my MS:

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Though this book isn’t ‘about’ sexuality, my gay MC is doing a bit of musing on the subject. It’s been my goal to include bisexual characters in my work for a good long while, and having Ryan, one of my MCs, be able to say “I’m bisexual” out loud felt seriously good.


I went to the launch of one of my most-anticipated books of the year this week – INK, by Alice Broadway. If you’ve any interest in tattoos, social justice, politics or secrets, get your grubby hands on this beautiful book, because it’s incredibly well-written, and such an immersive world of contemporary politics wrapped in fantasy legend and lies. I loved it.


Another books I’ve been reading recently is Laura Steven’s SPLIT KINGDOM. Only available via the Tapas App at the moment, this is a really fabulous swords-and-sorcery novel, in each to read chunks. Laura is a fantastic writer, and this book deserves to do so well.


Also on the Tapas App are two of my current favourite comics – HEARTSTOPPER by Alice Oseman, and THE GOD IN THE FIELD by VVBG. Heartstopper is Alice’s prequel to her novel SOLITAIRE, focussing on the budding relationship between two of her best-loved characters. The God in the Field is a mlm-retelling of the Hades and Persephone story. It is, be aware, rated M in some panels, though isn’t explicit.

On a non-writing and reading note, I’ve started up an Etsy shop selling scrapbooking supplies and prints, and that’s been a nice sideline of creativity for me, and (I’m not being coy) I really need the money.


You can check out my Etsy here: StarsInHerHairArt.Etsy.com

Or! I have a Ko-Fi account, where you can donate from $3 to support me, help me buy train tickets into London, and generally keep me in the book world loop. Thank you so much to everyone who has already dropped me a few pennies. I have considered starting up a Patreon, but I don’t know what I would offer as rewards, so that’s not something I’m going for, just yet.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. A whole lot of writing, a whole lot of reading, and a whole lot of cutting out! Hopefully, my next blog should be quicker to appear!

Love to you all xx

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