Author Archives: Rhube

Games of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 1 – aka, why should I bother?

I adored Game of Thrones when it first came out. I had been excited for years before it came out. But even I approached this season with trepidation. I’ll be blunt (trigger warning: rape mention) I’m talking about the rapes. … Continue reading

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Officially a Doctor

I graduated on 22 January 2016, and am officially Dr Ro Smith, a doctor of philosophy in philosophy, passed with no corrections. Apologies for not posting about it at the time, I didn’t have any photos myself and only just … Continue reading

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The Apocalypse Allotment No. 2: Planting and Paths

Things move fast in March, and I don’t just mean the new suped up zombies. You’ll find there are a number of things you’re trying to get done at once, but it’s OK to take things a bit at a time. … Continue reading

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‘A Receipt for a Novel’, by Mary Alcock

I enjoy celebrating women’s voices on World Poetry Day, as they are so often forgotten. A few years ago I recorded Aemelia’ Lanyer’s fiery ‘Eve’s Apology’; this time, I’m going for something a bit more lighthearted. ‘A Receipt for a … Continue reading

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The Apocalypse Allotment No. 1: Starting Out

A few years ago I wrote a series of posts for The Girls’ Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse called ‘Dig for when the Canned Goods Run Out‘. They were fun, and I’m still proud of them, but it’s long been … Continue reading

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Bad Representation vs No Representation

Guest Post by Jessica Meats [trigger warning for discussion of eating disorders]. Representation is an important subject when thinking about books and writing. It’s something I’m trying to do better at in my own books and something I try to … Continue reading

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Hey, who wants to see Star Wars from Leia’s perspective?

[Cross-posted from Tumblr.] Imagine the ‘New Hope’ is Princess Leia, not her farm boy twin. Imagine the tale starting with how the princess becomes a youthful senator, but when her idealism hits the corruption of the Empire, it doesn’t crumble, … Continue reading

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2015 – that was a year that happened, didn’t it?

I wasn’t going to write one of these. 2015 is… exhausting to think about. I was so poor, and depressed, and ill at the start of the year. A week into January I had to ask for your help to … Continue reading

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Review: Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is dark and thorny and sometimes difficult to watch, but it is also the best superhero fiction I have viewed in a long time. I want to recommend it, but not without caution. Jessica Jones should come with … Continue reading

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Today I cut up and threw away a friend

Melony the cactus has been my companion for the past 18 years. That’s longer than any pet I ever owned, and equals the longest I ever shared accommodation with any person. She lacks a central nervous system, so I doubt … Continue reading

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