About

About

Croeso i fy blog! I’m Bethan Raeburn Morgan, SFF writer of dragons and gods and sisters who save each other.

I was born in Glasgow on the splendiferously named Rottenrow, but a certain parental unit Who Must Not Be Named was in the army so I have chapters of history in Scotland, England, the US, and Germany and a warped weird-ass accent that reflects them all. Predictably, only about 4% of people I talk to manage to correctly identify my origin. I moved to London when I was 17 to work for 8 months as a Business Analyst at an investment bank in the City. Then after a subsequent three years of tutoring GCSEs and bookselling at Waterstones Piccadilly, I graduated from UCL in the summer of 2018 with my BA in English Language & Literature. Hit me up if you need a hot take on any Old English verse or Shakespearean plot knot (because this is a daily preoccupation for everyone, right?) Forþon nu min hyge hweorfeð, ofer hreþerlocan, min modsefa mid mereflode ofer hwæles eþel…

Me then
Me now

I’m currently working with the underdogs at Canelo as the Editorial Assistant in charge of reissues. A big part of Canelo’s business model is rescuing books that are out of print but within copyright, launching them afresh for a whole new generation of readers. Of the 700 titles we’ve published so far, there’s a solid foundation of these reissued diamonds in the rough. We’ve got seven genre imprints at the moment, and I’m pouring my heart and soul into shaping the beginnings of the fantasy list so watch this space. Alongside the day job, I’m also working to get my first publishable novel ready for its own submission to the Pearly Gates. Plans for world domination start there.

You will most likely find me devouring an SFF tome (no surprises there), but I will literally read anything if it has a sensational story, be it a wickedly clever thriller, a dog-eared classic, a pop-sci masterpiece, a sweeping historical saga, or a meaty memoir. My most obsessive passion is for fantasy and sci-fi, and their intersections with YA. I love genre cross-pollination, especially books which exist in multiple spaces at once, and as a wizened member of the Gen Z old guard, I got to experience the birth of YA so am deeply invested in what it’s doing. It’s not just entertainment and escape when it’s for teens and kids or adults feeling unanchored and unseen, though those are no less vital pursuits. It’s about shaping future generations, planting a story like a seed into the life of someone who desperately needs to see themselves reflected and represented and not alone.

It’s impossible to overstate the power of a voice reaching out to you from beyond the dark place and simply saying: I see you, I hear you, your voice matters, your life matters, trust me, I’ve been there before and I know the way out. As Angie Thomas says, any reader could one day be a politician with a Twitter account.

This is the rich medium of inspiration and existential maturation I want to contribute towards as both an author and editor.

“For those of us who give our lives to it, for those of us whose lives were, at some time & in some way, saved by Art, whether music, literature or another art form, art is much more than entertainment or something to make the walls look pretty. It’s what everything else is for.” – Neil Gaiman

I write primarily fantasy, scifi, YA, and everything most strange and speculative in-between. On this website you can find a curated selection of my latest poems, short stories, and pitches for each of the novels I’m working on along with those percolating in the background (perennially in flux), and all my book reviews, which I also post on Goodreads.

Given I’m living in a state of net outcome (with all dribbles of income being blown into the chasm of student debt), and I do most of my writing in cafés, you could always buy me my next vanilla latte. You can do so here, *engages Jedi mind trick* you know you want to.

So, since you’ve landed on this page I’m assuming you’re at least mildly curious about my writing slash who TF I am, so scroll infinitely to find a complete distillation of my personality because hey, news flash, I like lists. Also my blog, my rules.

Fun facts

  • I couldn’t be more categorically Ravenclaw if I tried – my allocated patronus is a mole (I can work with this… the powerful, independent, resilient, brooding, abyss-seeking Lord of the underworld who brings light to darkness, Redwall‘s legendary pacifist literary guardian Egbert the Scholar), but my chosen patronus would be a fox or a snow leopard, fire or ice, both fierce, solitary extremists, the former based on Ted Hughes’ Thought-Fox, the latter on Tharaman-Thar of the Icemark; my secondary house is undoubtedly Slytherin (38%); my Animagus form is an eagle owl; and my wand specifications are: unyielding ebony, 12 inches, dragon heartstring, gnarled at the base, and engraved with ancient runes á la the Ruthwell Cross
  • I have a Shodan black belt in karate (I also did Kung fu when I lived in Virginia and my badass coach said I could go places if I stayed, even kick-box at the Olympics, which would have done wonders for my Black Widow aspirations; sadly, military child globe-trotting chaos ensued)
  • In Germany I played striker on an all-boys football team, a cohort of dads complained, I played anyway
  • Aside from my early The Story of the Lost Man instalments, I wrote my first novel aged 8 during the lonely stretches of a year at boarding school – it was called Ramosia, a sweeping epic inspired by Egyptian mythology featuring five fearless siblings, skies filled with flying unicorns, and an underworld-raising lobotomy machine, I still have it (the manuscript, not the machine)
  • I have 4 tattoos
  • I am a violinist, my favourite pieces to play are Vittorio Monti’s Czardas, the Vorspiel of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and pretty much anything by Lindsey Stirling or from Ronan Hardiman’s Lord of the Dance, especially Strings of Fire
  • I am 1/4 Welsh, a descendant of a long line of witches, writers, miners, servants, and smiths I can trace back to at least 1738 – after graduating top of music in Wales and running away with a Scotsman, my nana became the chairwoman of the Glasgow Music Festival and the BBC’s Welsh-speaking contact for Scottish current affairs, no joke
  • My sass-queen Slytherin sister is a musical prodigy singer-songwriter and all-round storyteller now training at the RCS (Rose Liana Morgan is the name, keep your eyes on that Hollywood Walk of Fame), also for the record as a big sister of a little sister, I’m truly in the ranks of the great, JK Rowling, Kirstin Maldonado, Lady Gaga, Alex Danvers… I’ll follow her to LA or New York as sure as I’d follow her through the ninth gate or into the upside down, I’m her original stan, her first disciple, her sworn sword, and if anyone ever tries to hurt her I’ll shred them alive, set fire to their dreams, and use their ravaged entrails to mop up the ashes
  • I’m currently writing a 5-book fantasy series with my best friend and platonic soulmate John (we met when we were 8 at school in Scotland and both moved to London, he did a law degree at KCL and is now the publicity & marketing assistant at Walker, he also speaks 4 languages and is conversational in 3 more, try wrap your brain around that fact)
  • I was wearing a black jumpsuit John had picked out and a long green cardigan/cloak-y thing with newly dyed hair, when at the VIP meet-and-greet of his concert in May 2017, Todrick Hall gestured at me from head to toe and said, “fashion!” (I will never cease to flaunt this anecdote)
  • Astrophysics is one of my favourite topics of conversation and I will wax lyrical about the cosmological secrets of the universe with only the slightest encouragement, tread carefully
  • ‘Bethan’ is the Welsh form of ‘Elizabeth’, though I want no one out there peddling any kind of association between Bethan and the English… it’s an ancient name of Hebrew origin… I’m sure Elisheva was a batshit badass broad of the most ferocious mettle too, also if you ever call me Beth, Bethany, or *entire body tenses up*… Megan, prepare to be hit in the face
  • My middle name ‘Raeburn’ is made up of the Scots words for ‘roe deer’ and ‘stream’, I love how if you remove four letters you get Rabbie Burns – it was the name of a hill farm in Annandale in Dumfries and Galloway, held by the family of Sir Walter Scott, and this strath gave its name to the region in Fairfax County, Virginia where I incidentally lived growing up
  • ‘Morgan’ is derived from the Old Welsh for ‘sea-born’, Morgans were water-sprites in Celtic mythology, and morgen means ‘morning’ in Old English, all these associations gave birth to Morgan le Fay, also known as Morgaine, Morgana, Morgant, Morgne, and Morgue, the most powerful and infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend, she had varying links to Merlin and Arthur and powers ranging from shape-shifting and healing to necromancy and control of dragons, she was also cognate with Morrígan, the Irish phantom queen of war and fate, portrayed as a mighty raven, indeed in this vein of storytelling and sorcery, my great-great-grandpa John Morgan was a stonemason, composer, choirmaster, radio personality, and prolific writer, penning histories, scripts, and compendiums of folklore – the Master of the King’s Music at the time, Sir Henry Walford Davies, apparently dubbed him ‘The Magic White-Haired Wizard of the Welsh Mountains’
Superhero me, illustrated by Rose

Along with writing, reading has always been my most consuming soul dependency, and I do so across every genre under and above the sun (currently only in one language, though the plan is to master at least Spanish and Welsh before shuffling off this mortal coil).

What I love most in books are always the flaws and fears and idiosyncrasies of the characters, especially if they are female, especially if they are intersectional. Nitty gritty nerd-level world-building makes me weak at the knees, fiercely crafted friendships forged in fire are my kryptonite, and women waging war on their oppressors and reclaiming their power are my muses. I will also never get enough of any of the following:

  • Casts of characters that are not predominantly cis, white, male, straight, abled, and neurotypical, if your feminism is not intersectional get out of my mentions
  • Dragons – I want to see every degree of sentience, every shape, size, colour, creed, and constitution, I want to see equally diverse children meeting dragons, loving dragons, riding dragons, I want to see magic dragons and imaginary dragons, dragon gods and dragon guardians, for in the words of Tolkien, “the world that contained even the imagination of Fafnir was richer and more beautiful, at whatever cost of peril” (and at this juncture, I will seize my megaphone and bellow go read The Priory of the Orange Tree right now, please, thank you)
  • Symbolic eye colour – listen, I adore eyes, I always imagine the eyes of my characters first, so if I come across something playing with eye colour in meaningful and powerful ways, it’s Christmas, basically – examples I have loved include VE Schwab’s Antari magicians, the purple eyes of the Targaryens, and Skybright in Cindy Pon’s Serpentine
  • Names holding innate power – the idea that your name is an innately powerful thing is as old as time itself, from the myths of the Celts wandering the moors to the rhymes of hip-hop culture; in The Neverending Story, my ultimate childhood film obsession, Bastian, the reader, must name the empress to stop the Nothing from eating the world – this idea sank deep into my creative cortex and is the reason why I spend so many hours naming and re-naming my characters until I find the right one, the one that crackles in the air like the electrical charge of a thunderstorm
  • Glorious supernatural twisted toxic darkness, especially if it’s female, intersectional, eldritch AF, and spectacularly grey – subversive femme fatales, Lady Macbeths, assassins, black magic witches, vengeance-wreaking werewolves, necromancers, demons, devils, basilisks, banshees, blood, blades, I WANT IT ALL

My most anticipated upcoming books & comics

On the Come Up, Angie Thomas (Feb 2019, Bri wants to be the greatest rapper in the world, but then she gets assaulted by the new security guards at school and her mom loses her job, a must-buy for poets, wordsmiths, and dreamers)

The Weight of Our Sky, Hanna Alkaf (Feb 2019, Kuala Lumpur, 1969, a girl with a djinn trapped inside her, a city descending into chaos, a race to save her mother’s life)

The Priory of the Orange Tree, Samantha Shannon (Feb 2019, DRAGONS, f/f, DRAGONS, a feminist retelling of St George and the DRAGON entwined with Japanese mythology!!! Did I get my claws on a proof of this most hotly coveted tome? Yes… yes I did, see my review here)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James (Feb 2019, a sweeping African Game of Thrones from the winner of the Man Booker, there are shape-shifters, children made of air and dust, and vampires who hunt in the daylight, be still heart, be still)

We Hunt the Flame, Hafsah Faizal (May 2019, a magic-starved kingdom swallowed by a cursed forest, a cross-dressing hunter determined to save it, a murderous prince sworn to defend it, fates will collide, hearts will shatter, readers will weep)

Hollow Crown, Zoraida Córdova (May 2019, a memory thief must save her island from the royals intent on destroying magic forever)

The Candle and the Flame, Nafiza Azad (2019, a YA fantasy set along the Silk Road with clans of djinn and unlikely alliances, it’s mostly about women being women in the most fantastic ways possible, YES)

This Moth Will Not Burn, Alyssa Carlier (possibly 2019, she’s literally still writing this but it’s a Mulan/Swan Lake retelling starring a runaway witch-princess, TWO OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS)

The stories that made me a writer

These eight gems were the stand-out gateway books of my childhood. I discovered them all before high school and have re-read each countless times. I credit them more than anything else for shaping the storyteller within me. Unsurprisingly, they’re all fantasy/scifi, a lot of them involve anthropomorphic characters, and epic female warriors abound, from Sabriel the necromancer to the indefatigable Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield:

My favourite books of all-time

NOT including the eight childhood cornerstones above (yes, my imagination is an octagon), the following are some of my favourite books/series of all time. The first two are my soul books, the rest are in no particular order:

Top 5 dragons

  • Falkor – just look at his beautiful face, he can sleep while flying, he survived the Nothing, saved Atreyu from the Swamps of Sadness, flew him over 9000 miles to the Ivory Tower, and in one of the most enduring images of my childhood, Bastian chased down his bullies on Falkor’s back, “having a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a quest” – The Neverending Story, I first saw it aged around 4 and spent the next gazillion years searching for the film with “THE GIRL ON THE ROCK”, in those quaint days before one could google such things
  • Penelope – was anyone else raised on the Barbie films? Rapunzel is in my top 5, along with Swan Lake (also my favourite ballet), Princess and the Pauper, the Nutcracker, and the 12 Dancing Princesses – the moment when Penelope overcomes her fear of flying to carry Rapunzel over the wall, proving herself to be a “mighty dragon” despite what her father has always said still makes me WEEP
  • Toothless – NIGHT FURYYYY, as a Scot with a bastardised accent, I fully endorse the American voices in this very tartan setting, at least the non-Scots didn’t try to do Scottish accents (the brain-breaking stunt pulled in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, contributing to its esteemed status as the worst fantasy film I have ever seen despite starring some of my favourite actors)
  • The soup dragon – my Clangers fam, where you at? Have you ever seen anything more charming than the soup dragon, she lives in the glowing green soup wells within the planet itself, filling up jugs for the Clangers while murmuring away in her baritone burr
  • Drogon – I binge-read the entirety of A Song of Ice and Fire in the summer of 2016, and my favourite scene remains the end of chapter 52 in A Dance with Dragons when Drogon descends into Daznak’s fighting pit, drawn by the blood and chaos, only to be beset by Hizdahr’s men, Dany leaps into the inferno to her dragon’s aid, rolls beneath the flames, launches herself onto his back, and they soar away into the sky… I literally read this scene prancing around my garden in fits of glee, book in hand, yelling (the garden had high walls)

[Special mentions to Norberta née Norbert, bless her, to Smaug, fearsome fire-drake of the north, and to the sleek, silver, serpentine, shape-shifting Haku from Spirited Away, who I only discovered very recently, short for Nigihayami Kohakunushi, ‘god of the swift amber river’, an ancient river spirit bound to the service of the malevolent witch Yubaba]

Top 13 TV shows (I tried to make this 10 but I physically can’t and I’ve still missed off ones I adore)

  • Star Trek: Voyager – words cannot express how much this show means to me, meeting Kate Mulgrew is on the bucket list, read my review of her beautiful memoir Born With Teeth here
  • The West Wing – CJ… need I say more, also Jed’s Latin rant at God is my go-to dramatic monologue, GRATIAS TIBI AGO DOMINE… imo Aaron Sorkin is the Shakespeare of the silver screen, rivalled only by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – “Y – you’re back on the magicks?!” … “No, honey, I am the magicks” … Buffy, Willow, Tara, the musical episode, this is how art saves you
  • Killing Eve – by far the newest instalment on this list, but holy HELL did it bewitch me body and soul… Villanelle, Eve, the music, the editing, the script, I JUST ADORE IT
  • Doctor Who – my Doctor will always be 10, but my heart belongs to River Song, don’t ask what my favourite episode is or I’ll give you the full list of my top 50, also I adore Jodie and Thasmin is real
  • Battlestar Galactica – whadya hear? Nothin’ but the rain… so grab your gun and bring in the cat! BOOM BOOM BOOM… I wanna write books that make readers feel how I feel watching BSG
  • The Newsroom – IT’S TIME FOR DON QUIXOTE, this show is everything I ever wanted journalism to be, I am Mac
  • Supergirl – so this show is so adorable it melted the icy shell of even my most guarded of hearts, it’s fabulously feminist, tries its best, and all the warrior women are on FLEEK (best portrayal of a sister relationship I’ve ever seen in any medium, up there with Emma Thompson’s Dashwoods… also Supercorp is real and I will blindly still believe we’ll get it until the final wrap, you can’t watch 4.2 and tell me otherwise, thank u, next)
  • Game of Thrones – Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Cersei Lannister, Sansa Stark, Missandei, Olenna Tyrell, DRAGONS
  • Friends – can quote every single line though, think I’m being hyperbolic? Think again, friendo
  • The OA – utterly sensational storytelling, when Rose & I first watched the finale we both SURGED to our feet yelling at the screen, it overWHELMS, in fact it probably whelms more than anything I’ve ever seen before
  • Eureka – adorable timey wimey techno babble scifi, and a fabulously camp and empowering excuse to stare at Salli Richardson-Whitfield for five seasons
  • The Vicar of Dibley – Dawn French is a gift from the gods, period

Top 8 OG scifi queens (I had my 3 main gals but then couldn’t bear to omit the rest)

  • Captain Kathryn Janeway of Star Trek: Voyager – my number 1 childhood idol and scifi muse, the first female Star Trek captain, deeply compassionate, relentlessly human, the baddest ass of the Delta Quadrant, she makes the impossible decision to save an alien species from an ancient threat, thereby stranding her entire crew 70,000 light years from Earth
  • Lieutenant Kara “Starbuck” Thrace of Battlestar Galactica – the reckless, abrasive, ferociously daring firebrand pilot, unapologetically hotshot, infinitely vulnerable, my love for her is like the eternal rocks beneath
  • General Leia Organa of Star Wars – I could write an essay about this phenomenal woman, all I’ll say is that she drowned in moonlight strangled by her own bra
  • Dr Allison Blake of Eureka – biochemist, quantum physicist, aerospace engineer, Allison literally knows everything, with two PHDs and a penchant for the impossible, she is also a ferocious mother who will literally attempt to beat a supervillain to death to protect her children
  • Professor River Song of Doctor Who – spoilers! I actually physically cannot comprehend the existence of humans who aren’t obsessed with her
  • Captain Amelia of Treasure Planet – I was 6 when her badass feline badassery hit the screens and so she was probably one of my earliest crushes? To be honest, I desperately wanted to BE her in every regard, captaining my own starship through the cosmos *blinks back tears*
  • Lieutenant B’Elanna Torres of Star Trek: Voyager – QAPLA’! Voyager’s tempestuous, half-Klingon Chief Engineer, gorgeously complex, and she has an intense sororal relationship with big sis Janeway, ‘IwlIj jachjaj!
  • Chief Audrey Ramirez of Atlantis – this remains one of my favourite films of all time, my OG steampunk obsession, also it’s amazingly feminist and diverse for something that came out in 2001, I was FIVE, and Audrey as the tough, genius engineer? No way she wasn’t becoming an immediate idol <3

Top 3 underrated fantasy films of all-time

  • The Dark Crystal (1982) – Netflix… I can’t believe I’m typing these words… is making a 10 episode prequel series to be released next year starring three Gelfling as they light the fires of rebellion and discover the secrets behind the power of the Skeksis, I can’t get over this announcement, this remains one of the most beautiful, soul-stirring films I have ever seen and is rooted deep in the molten core of my creative cortex
  • The Neverending Story (1984) – as I said above in my Falkor tribute, I first saw it aged 4 and spent the next decade desperately searching for the film with “THE GIRL ON THE ROCK”, in those quaint days before one could google such things, it is without a doubt one of the greatest films ever made
  • The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010) – undoubtedly just one of the most underrated films of all and every time, it’s actually incredible, and features probably one of my top 5 favourite scenes in the history of motion picture…

Top 5 musicals

Creating this ranking is breaking my heart, but I’m going to do it, I MUST, because I solidly believe that musical theatre is the most emotionally affecting medium of storytelling on this planet. Nothing can do those first few seconds of a performance justice when the lights dim and the curtain rises and the music begins. The most powerful incarnation of this for me was seeing the opening number of Hamilton live, one of my favourite songs of all time, after more than a year of listening to the cast album every single day. That was also the West End production’s opening night, the first performance to an audience EVER outside the US.

A close second was getting to watch one of Ben Platt’s last ever performances in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. Through a stunning alignment of factors, I managed to fund and plan this utterly insane 5-day trip to New York with Rose and we squeezed every last drop of opportunity out of the adventure. I have never wept like I wept during Ben Platt’s rendition of ‘You Will Be Found’.

Sandwiched in the hair’s breadth between them in my top 3 is Wicked, which couldn’t mean more to me and probably has my favourite opening notes of any show. We finally got to see it on the West End in December 2016, the night when we also discovered the incomparable Rachel Tucker. She bewitched our souls on the spot and we were back less than two months later to see her again in her last ever performance of the role on the final night of the 10th anniversary run. Then we went to two of her sold-out cabaret shows in London, before moving the earth to follow her to New York for the final stop of her tour (we stan):

Top 5 (non-musical, non-film score) albums

Top 10 Disney films

  • Mulan
  • Tarzan
  • Treasure Planet
  • Dinosaur
  • A Bug’s Life
  • The Incredibles
  • The Tigger Movie
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Lion King

What does your favourite Disney movie say about you? SO MUCH. Again, this is a ranking that is tearing me apart, but I think I can lock the above in. Shouting in disgruntled fury from the bench in no particular order are The AristocatsLilo and Stitch, Robin HoodToy StoryHercules, Finding Nemo, Beauty and the BeastLady and the Tramp, and Moana.

Top 3 poems

Top 5 period adaptations

  • Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • Pride and Prejudice (1995)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2009)
  • Emma (2009)
  • Wuthering Heights (1998)
  • Honourable mention: Lost in Austen (2008)

Top 5 Shakes plays

  • The Tempest – the play that made me see the light and re-apply to study literature instead of economics, an astonishing allegorical exposé of the brutality of colonialism in which an old sorcerer forgoes vengeance in favour of mercy, Shakes drew on the darkest energies of his day to pen his final word on the riddle of humanity and it contains some of the most beautiful poetry ever written
  • Hamlet – I got to see Benedict Cumberbatch play the Danish prince on the West End but in my opinion no one has yet rivalled David Tennant’s intensely nuanced portrait of neurotic withdrawal and tortured epiphany, it’s all about passing through the liminal space of uncertainty and isolationism and realising that nothing has innate meaning, it is substantial because it is believed, that gives it meaning, you are made of the stories that are told of you
  • Macbeth – I’m writing this as I’m reading that Margot Robbie has announced she will be producing a women-led Shakespeare drama series and CAN I PLEASE NOMINATE Megan Followes to play Lady Macbeth, she would utterly slaughter this role
  • King Lear – I will never get enough of Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia
  • Troilus and Cressida – an unusual entry, I know, but this play is GENIUS, Shakes at the top of his most devious existentially fraught game, I gush here

Top 12 superheroes aka Marvel/DC characters

  • Supergirl – I’ve already waxed lyrical about this show, it just has my heart, always will… At the Foyles SFX book con in Nov 2018, a panel featuring Lauren James, Pat Cadigan, Peter F Hamilton, Tade Thompson, and Richard K Morgan were asked which comic book character they would most like to write a novel for… I would murder people to write Supergirl
  • Black Widow – where in the ever-loving hell is our trilogy, is my question, at long last is lasting a little long, boys… fingers fracking crossed Jac Schaeffer’s standalone moves forward *screams into universe* WITH A FEMALE DIRECTOR, here are all my thoughts on the matter
  • Shuri – I MET HER AT COMIC CON, can words actually do her justice?? Thank you fates and furies for giving us Shuri, I can’t wait to see her annihilate Banner and Stark even more in Avengers #4 and hopefully take up the mantle of the panther, that’s basically my dream at this point, ALSO DID I MENTION I MET HER
  • Captain Marvel – when that last shot of Infinity War came on screen I SCREAMED, cannot physically wait for her to save 2019
  • Gamora – between Elphaba and Gamora, I dunno, I just have a thing for the green gals *plays Green from Straight Outta Oz*, and can we all agree that the music-less Nebula/Gamora fight in GotG 2 is one of the greatest scenes in the history of film, the fate she was dealt in IW could not have resonated with me more, there’s still a chance she could return when the soul stone is destroyed (perhaps in exchange for the lives of the OG Avengers) or time is rewritten as per Strange’s cryptic comment, and she BETTER return so she can reclaim her power from her abuser, and her and Nebula can find peace, and kick names, and take ass, and centre stage in GotG3… also please read this article by the singular Sailor J, I was literally crying by the last paragraph
  • Valkyrie – I could not be MORE HERE for Tessa Thompson, “CHOOSE YOUR NEXT WORDS WISELY!!!”, we all heard Thor say only half his people had been destroyed, right?? SHE’S OUT THERE SOMEWHERE PROTECTING THE REST
  • Nebula – beautiful beautiful Karen Gillan, she is KILLING it, here’s to our Pond teaming up with Tony in IW2, lang may yer lum reek ya beauty
  • Spider-Man – this one makes the least sense, I am the biggest arachnophobe I know, and yet my entire life I’ve wanted to shoot webs out my wrists and swing between the spires *bursts into tears*, Tobey Maguire is my OG, but IW put Tom Holland ahead of him, christy croo, what a performance, I also can’t wait to read Miles Morales’ stuff, and for the record this will never not be the greatest thing on the internet, we are all Zendaya
  • Okoye – Danai Gurira stole every scene she was in, also her team-up with BW and Scarlet Witch in IW is the GREATEST minute of the ENTIRE film, WHERE’S OUR DORA MILAJE FILM RYAN COOGLER THIS IS THE PERFECT SEQUEL, also I desperately hope Aneka appears in any such sequels given Ayo was there looking fierce AF
  • Ms Marvel – I’m just getting to know this gal and I already love her dry no f***s given nerd stoicism, a role in Captain Marvel #2 would be the perfect intro into the MCU, CM being her mentor Tony/Peter style, I hope she gets a glorious trilogy
  • Storm – in the COMICS, lordy lord above, I hope someone one day does her justice on screen, could a Black Panther sequel appearance be possible? Because her powers are, like, the coolest
  • Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins, take a bow, here’s hoping Diana’s bisexuality will be canonically established in the sequels

My children

One of the hardest things about living away from home is being completely cut off from the dogs. My beautiful Hector, prince of Troy, passed away in my second year of uni but I got to be with him at the end. Padmé, Queen of Naboo, just turned 6, and Prospero, our resident sorcerer, is now 2.

Hector (2004-2016)
Padmé
Prospero

Idols

And finally, the idols. I unhealthily worship the ground these humans and their legacies walk on, but there’s no choice when it comes to adoration. The big 4, Carrie Fisher, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Todrick Hall, and Jo Rowling, the acerbic wit of Dame Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry, music gods Lady G and Beyoncé, the indomitable Kate Mulgrew and Katee Sackhoff, and more recently, VE Schwab, Letitia Wright, Angie Thomas, Rachel Tucker, and Tomi Adeyemi. I’ve been spectacularly fortunate to meet some of these all-time faves already in encounters which rank among the coolest moments of my life and I hope one day to get to thank even more of them in person for being pilot ships in the storm.

“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.” – Steve Jobs