I want this blog – my blog – to explore the relationship between reality and fiction. I have been writing on and off for many years and have come to realise that the fantasy part of me is as real as the flesh and bone me. And so, I am using this space to explore issues relating to self-identity, narrative and metafiction. I also want to experiment with the idea of Mise en abyme as a literary device. I am starting this online project as I prepare for an English and Creative Writing PhD at Northumbria University, where I will further explore such issues. 

Our real-life relationships are non-linear because we always meet people as existing stories (made up of both true and fictional narratives). Every time we meet someone for the first time, we begin a new, forward-moving narrative. And yet, this forward-moving narrative will inevitably anchor itself onto each individual’s history. Meeting someone new is rather like opening a novel at the middle page and exploring its contents from both directions.

Personal blogs are similar forms of narrative. As a new visitor to a blog, we may arrive several years after the blog was established and will need to search through old posts to fully understand the bloggers story. I believe that this modern format is also a great way of writing non-linear fiction: Fiction that can be taken-up at any point in it’s narrative and explored in any direction, without the reader losing the enjoyment of the story. So I’ll be exploring this too…

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

Dr. Seuss


I will try to use my own images where I can as I am a keen photographer, but otherwise I source the website’s images from Pixabay .