Character Study: Ophelia

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While writing my upcoming novel Ghoul, I created a character designed to serve the function of a ‘talking head’ aka someone for Mya, the protagonist, to bounce ideas off. However, I understand talking heads are bad, they result in clunky dialogue that’s obviously just exposition in the form of dialogue. So, with that in mind I tried to turn my talking head into a semi-developed character with her own goals and motivations.

I made this character a Sphinx. I’ve always been fond of a bit of Egyptian mythology, as those who read Amenti will have noticed, and it didn’t take me long to decide where in London my Sphinx would live. She promptly moved into the Egyptian walk of Highgate Cemetery.

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Ghoul Snippet!

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This week I thought I would share a little snippet from my upcoming novel Ghoul.

In the below snippet Mya is on the run, she’s hidden her boy, Eli, and led her pursuers away.

NOTE

This is a work in progress and will be heavily edited so the below snippet may not appear in the final version.

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Writing rants: How to pass the Bechdel Test

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In this blog, I want to talk about the Bechdel Test, a test used to measure gender bias in fiction.

The Test

Does your work of fiction have at least two women in it? Do they talk to each other? Do they talk about something other than a man?

When I was growing up, especially in my university days, I considered myself something of a feminist (I hate the idea of being treated as inferior just because I lack a Y chromosome). I campaigned for equality in the workplace, and I ran the Pro Bono Legal group for Woman’s Aid. Shortly after leaving university I volunteered for a Domestic Violence group that offered legal advice to women in terrible situations. Put simply I noticed there was a problem in our society which affected the way I and others of my gender were treated and I did some small activities which I hoped would help. When I started working full time back in 2010, I stopped.

I still want equality, and as and when the opportunity presents itself I will do something to help move that day when all are equal, a little closer.

But now looking at this test I’m disappointed in myself.

Some of my novels fail the Bechdel Test.

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