I JUICE YOUR BRAIN (Trailer)

Remember me saying I was going to update this site more regularly? Well, I do actually have something else to update it with, so now’s the time!

As some of you may or may not know, ‘I JUICE YOUR BRAIN’ is an independent horror film written and directed by Jerry Lentz – which I have a small part in. I wanted to finally share the trailer for you guys, as I realise I hadn’t done so yet. (I’m the one saying ‘Yep’).

Here’s the trailer:

Last week’s book festival

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Fife Book Fest and bought a book last week – I know I’m terrible at updating my website, but I promise I’m going to try and be better! Will post another update soon about the new movie I am a part of, called ‘I JUICE YOUR BRAIN’. It’s currently in production, and quite exciting.

Also, if you missed out on a signed book, copies ARE available right here on my website - what a time to be alive! Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend, and stay frosty.

Come and see me at Fife Book Fest!

I’ll be signing books at the Fife Book Festival in Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline on Saturday 21st May. Come on down between 10am – 5pm to grab yourself a copy of Grassmarket Blood, Nightswallow or Escaping Dreams! There will also be plenty of other inspiring authors and stalls to check out. I look forward to seeing you there!

In Support of France, and a Reminder…

As we’re all still reeling from the horrifying and utterly horrendous attacks in Paris last night, I’m sure a lot of us are going to be changing our profile pics and doing our bit to clear away the racist remarks on our social media pages…

Just something to consider. These attacks have a clear purpose in mind, and that’s to widen the current gap between Islam and ‘the West’. To spread fear and contempt of each other, and to spark an Islamophobic reaction that brings out the very worst in humanity. Don’t let that happen.

By staying united in all of this, we can avoid giving the terrorists exactly what they want: to reinforce the idea we’re at war with each other over race, religion and whatever other differences we share as a people. Support each other through this, and don’t let fear and hatred win.

That’s all I have to say right now.

~B

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Illicit Ink Reading

Below is last night’s reading for Illicit Ink’s Toy Stories at the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. I really struggled to come up with something original to suit the theme, and the first thing I thought of was actually about an evil dildo… from the dildo’s perspective. Unfortunately, I decided I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face, so instead we have ‘The Unfortunate Tale of Cornelius Clunk’ (or ‘The Elf That Killed Christmas’).

I’ll actually be uploading the full thing on Kindle within the next couple of days, with some awesome artwork from me old mucker, @fudgecrumpet. Here’s a sneak peak of the cover:

In Which I Jump on the Russell Brandwagon

My latest blog post for Secular View asks the question, ‘Russell Brand, Idiot or Genius?’. I felt the need to write this, what with all the latest goings on. I literally couldn’t stop myself; it was spilling forth like a tidal wave of righteousness filled with tiny crustaceans of support for this man. BTW: I saw his show ‘Messiah Complex’ recently – it’s really very good.

Birthday Thoughts

Today I became 28. In my head, that was always supposed to be some magical age where I’d be a proper grown-up with a proper woman’s body. I’d know what I was doing, I’d have control and I’d be happy. That’s what I used to tell myself. Now, I’m 28 and in a lot of ways, I have grown into that woman who is comfortable and confident in herself… but in other ways, I still don’t know what the fuck I’m doing, and I don’t have everything figured out. Having contemplated this however, I don’t see it as a bad thing. As a kick in the ass? Maybe, but I could be in a far worse situation than I’m in right now. Especially as, the last few weeks, I’ve finally moved over the emotional block in my novel, and realised who needs to die (also in the novel). So, onwards, shall we?

~B

 

Writing for Our Lives

My name is Bronwen Winter Phoenix, and I’m a writer (What were you expecting, alcoholic? Impossible, considering I don’t actually drink). Yes, I’m writer. I’m one of the many, and I’m an adaptive one at that. I’m one of the many writers in the UK that live solely off writing, and therefore, it’s an unfortunate fact that I have to be adaptive. It’s not a fact that we all discuss, but it’s a true one.

Are you a writer? Are you perhaps sitting there, agreeing with me? Perhaps not. Let me elaborate on the point above; many people can choose to be many kinds of writer. They could be an author (tick), a journalist (tick), a copywriter (tick) or a screenwriter (tick). Whether they choose to be a scribe, or a blogger (tick), perhaps a critic? (tick) –  in order to succeed as a writer, and continue to grow and sharpen your skillset, you need to write as much as possible. Oftentimes, in order to be able to survive and feed yourself, you need to write about as much as you can possibly find on offer. Sometimes, you’ll get tired of one form of writing and aspire to something else entirely.

All of the above apply to me. I’m currently venturing into screenwriting, and have so far written a TV pilot, and am, at the moment (between other projects, of course) working on my first screenplay. It’s exciting. It’s a whole new world of possibilities, even. But that doesn’t mean I’ve turned my back on all other avenues; I’m writing away as I always have, and that’s how I live. I’m sure if you’re a writer, you’re probably the same.

There’s something about human nature though, which often prevents us from doing new things; which keeps us stuck in routine and makes us afraid to try anything new. There’s a tipping point, but what does it take to push it? Boredom? Lack of success? No other available avenues left? Who knows.

I’ve always preferred writing fiction, and venturing into my own  mind at any available opportunity, but it’s certainly taken me quite a while of longing before finally venturing into the world of screenwriting and buying my Final Draft software. What a revelation! Did you people know that it does things such as capital letters AUTOMATICALLY?! Apparently I can use it for novels, too. Sceptical, but I’ll consider transporting Meredith into there and seeing how that helps me complete that (Meredith’s my fourth novel). I may not like it.

I digress. Writing is my profession, and my game. And when people ask me what I do, I simply call myself a writer, when really I do all of those above-mentioned ‘ticks’ and perhaps even more. Some of them I’m happy about, some less so, but at least I’m doing the one thing I’m good at, which is writing. The truth is, I enjoy it, and I’m sure a lot of you do, too. Isn’t that all we ask for?