August 26, 2019

I make no secret about my love for warrior women. My favourite fantasy tropes involve swords and playing hero, thus I tend to gravitate towards stories featuring women who run around whacking people with swords. A story with strong female characters doesn’t need to have buff women waving swords around, but hey, swords are cool. In…

March 8, 2019

Today is International Women’s Day, so to celebrate, I wanted to talk a little about the female characters of Sand Dancer. Sand Dancer is the tale of Mina, a sixteen-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy so she can enter an Academy of noble boys and find her father’s killer. Due to the nature…

January 18, 2019

The girl-disguised-as-boy trope is one that I enjoy reading and writing about. For me, it’s part breaking down gender roles and exploring those roles, and part living a secret, dangerous life whilst fighting back against those roles assigned to them. Many of the stories featuring these tropes have a history or culture steeped in sexism…

July 26, 2018

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a knight. I used to drag my dad around English castles and study up on medieval history. Warwick Castle was my favourite because it’s largely intact and felt like a castle should feel. I wrote my own code of honour, rules to live by. I played…