When “feminism” makes me angry.
Aug18

When “feminism” makes me angry.

Recently I’ve been finding myself worn down by so much of what I read on the internet. Not surprising, I know. It’s a rough place out there in the cybersphere, full of too many trolls who refuse to stay home under their bridges, where they belong. In the past, I’ve been comforted by the feminist spaces which have seemed a relief from the bigotry and hatred that fills up the rest of the internet (and the world), but...

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The Mr Darcy Effect. Or: You hate me? It must be true love.
Nov08

The Mr Darcy Effect. Or: You hate me? It must be true love.

Writing a convincing romantic storyline is extremely difficult. It is certainly a skill I’ve yet to conquer. Much of the time, authors fall back on pre-established tropes. They recycle previously successful storylines to create their own. And why not? Just because it’s been done before, doesn’t mean it can’t be done better. However, just because a device has been successful in the past, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily worth reusing. The...

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Writer, Feminist.
Jun13

Writer, Feminist.

Last month I needed to submit an author bio for a few pieces I’d written, which meant I first needed to write a bio. I had no idea what to say, but decided to begin with the sentence: “Holly Kench is a writer and feminist.” The first statement seemed important since it was a biography for pieces I had written, so I supposed (somewhat warily) that made me a writer. When I think of the word writer, I tend to imagine characters like...

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Book Recommendation #3: “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group” by Catherine Jinks; or A Werewolf’s Coming Out.
May04

Book Recommendation #3: “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group” by Catherine Jinks; or A Werewolf’s Coming Out.

I’ve been looking forward to reading “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group” for a while now. I really enjoyed Catherine Jinks’ previous related story “The Reformed Vampire Support Group,” and was intrigued to see how she would follow it up. “The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group”, however, was so much more than I’d anticipated. It is the story of Toby (or Tobias), a teenage boy who wakes up one day in the local wildlife park’s dingo pen. With...

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Wondering about Mother-Characters
Apr07

Wondering about Mother-Characters

Recently on Twitter, Elizabeth Lhuede, creator of the Australian Women Writers 2012 Challenge, tweeted a question asked by Kirsten Krauth on the AWW Facebook page: “Who are yr favourite mother characters in Aust fiction? Or favourite books about mums?” Since then, I’ve been unable to stop thinking about this question. It has reminded me, firstly, that I really don’t read enough Australian writers. Although, I intend to post a review...

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Pretty Little Blind Villain
Mar20

Pretty Little Blind Villain

I love the television series “Pretty Little Liars”. I love the clothes, the hyperbolic drama, and the ridiculous yet addictive plot. I especially love the scenes and episodes that end with the girls receiving a group message from ‘A’, which, as though without any planning, they read in segments and then finish in unison. This always makes my day.  On a more serious note, I think “Pretty Little...

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