What happens when you ignore your only female advisor

By Wilhelm von Kaulbach — [1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10370751

The decision was probably made in seconds. As the wood of her ship, and the ships around her, splintered and broken apart. The screams of men mixed with the screaming of the wood, orders were yelled, panicked, words lost in the mayhem.

This was war but Artemisia had predicted this.
So why was she stuck in the middle of it on the losing side?

Described as a scheming pirate by some and an intelligent, brave woman by others, Artemisia was born in the fifth century BC, in Caria (which was south west of modern day Turkey) to a government official…


A reminder for myself (and you) when life gets low as a full-time writer

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I wrote the original version of this article as a newsletter a few months ago, back when I was still running my newsletter for writers. It was copied and pasted onto here and then remained in my drafts while I battled with some inner demons.

Having just re-read it, I found it surprisingly helpful (thanks Past Me). So here is the majority of the original article with some updates thrown in. …


And the folklore surrounding them

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England is full of places that bear the Devil’s name. He seems to have enjoyed rollicking around the English countryside seeing what he could get away with and, as a result, there is folklore hidden in various parts of villages, towns, forests and nature reserves.

Wherever he has visited, he has been busy building, digging and trying to manipulate and trick people into handing over their souls.

Here is a taste of what the Devil has gotten up to when he has visited England.

There’s more than one version of this legend but in the…


Why I unpublished a novella I released last year

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Quick! Duck!
Cor, you were nearly hit by another article banging on about how to be more productive then. Don’t worry, I think the coast is clear.

For now.

Productivity articles are akin to ‘how to make thousands a month’ articles. They’re everywhere, feeding the algorithm, searching for readers who want just that; to increase their productivity and, therefore, their income.

And for some people, they work.
But I think we all need reminding sometimes that for other people, they don’t. …


Writing a book isn’t for everyone

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A while ago, I found my flailing around on the internet (never a good thing) with the sole purpose of wasting time so I couldn’t possibly do the work that would pay the bills.
I ended up on Medium, flicking through headline after headline of how to write this, how to earn this much money, why you’ll fail as a writer unless you do this, why you’ve already failed but you just don’t know it yet, why Medium now sucks and is full of awful writing articles (those are their opinions, not mine).

One…


Six months of experimenting, royalties and a kick in the gut

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There’s just no other way to start this story. I’m aware that a lot of articles start this way these days but…
Wasn’t 2020 a shocker!
It was a huge year of huge deeds and, it turns out, huge lessons. Including a rather hefty business one.

In June 2020, I started using Amazon Advertising and my sales did a wonderful whoosh up.
A month or so later, the returns started coming in. …


Put on your research hat, we’re going in

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A couple of months ago, I was researching for my first full length romance book. I’m so used to writing fantasy that my usual research is always a little odd, such as injuries (what part of the spine needs to be injured for this particular paralysis to occur?), pirate ship anatomy and history (that was fun!), what it’s like to lose a limb, and police procedurals.

But this romance book involved something a bit more…substantial. It wasn’t just little tidbits I was looking for, it was the setting, the concept, the whole…


And it’s so simple, maybe even fun!

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Remember last week? I told you how I’d stopped working on my new paranormal fantasy novel because the plot wasn’t working (it’s here if you missed it).

Well, it resolved itself…

I was out running. It’s something I try and do at least twice a week to combat the cake I eat, the coke I drink and the amount of sitting I do. It helps keep the sugar at bay but it also makes me feel good.

And I run while listening to the Couch to 5k app and my own music. I’ve…


A fictional short story. Join us in the cemetery

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George Warner sat on top of his grave and watched his granddaughter walk away. She lifted an arm, perhaps to wipe at her eyes that had filled with tears as she talked to the air beside him. She still couldn’t see him. He’d told her it would take time, that she’d get there. He’d run his fingers over her hair and attempted to hold her hand. Erica had shivered, wrapping her coat tightly around her.

“You can feel me. I’m right here,” he’d whispered to her but she’d given no sign…

Jen Writes Nice

Novelist and freelance writer specialising in the strange, the stories and the characters. Find my fantasy novels at www.jenice.co.uk

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