Writer of the Week — inkbiotic

I've decided to add a new feature to the blog: my favourite writer of the week. This could be anything, from an intriguing political view I've been taken in by, to a fascinating sci-fi short story or heart-wrenching poem! It's so important to support other people's work, so I'd encourage you to have a read. Warning, this week's chosen short story contains adult content concerning: - Mental Health - Suicide Please take this into consideration before reading this post.

To the bone: It may be flawed, but at least they tried!

After watching the controversial 'To the Bone' I decided I'd like to do a review on it. The movie has had a lot of bad reviews, but I wanted to take a more balanced view and explore the negatives and redeeming qualities of the film. In advance I would like to say that this film is definitely not for everyone, and contains many upsetting scenes and depictions of eating disorders, so approach watching the film and reading about it with care. Especially if you feel you may be likely to be affected by it personally. Note: This review may contain a few spoilers.

Why are you like this?

We all have our bad qualities, and I openly admit to mine. I can be lazy, sometimes selfish and thoughtless, I don't stick to plans that I make and I am almost always late. 'Why are you like this?' may seem to some like a list of excuses, but that is not the case. These were all qualities I had before I started to suffer from mental illness. But back then, they were not my most prominent qualities. I was kind and compassionate more days than I was selfish. I was more outgoing, and had the motivation to live and love and face my fears. Depression is a dark cloud, with no explanation, no reason, only a purpose; It works to bring out the bad and suppress the good. But sometimes, the darker moments, all of this is not easy to put into words. So this poem serves to answer the questions that I get asked, for the times when I have no words.

Ghosts in the Shadows

Claire Faulkner is a 26 year old private investigator, working alongside her childhood friend and business partner, Jonny Wright. Their everyday job keeps them busy with a variety of cases: from catching out cheating spouses, to searching for missing people. But this particular case is personal, and Claire can't afford not to find her suspect.

Thinking of You, Dad

'Thinking of You Dad' is a poem I wrote as my tribute for my Dad's funeral in July 2013. Peter Fitzgerald was an incredible person, and an amazing Dad. I love and miss him every day. This short poem doesn't really do him justice, but I think it conveys the love and sadness of 15 year old me. I fixed a few flaws in it, but overall it is still the poem I used to say goodbye to my Dad, so I am very happy with it.

Butterflies…

'Butterflies', as a Haiku, is short and sweet, and pretty much summarises my inspiration for the name of this site. When I read a book, I know I am truly captivated by it if my heart races a little when the character is in danger, or if I get butterflies when they fall in love or find what they have been searching for. In almost all literature, you have a protagonist and an antagonist, and most of us are hoping that the protagonist can face their fears and conquer the danger they face, so that they get their 'Butterflies moment'. I hope to one day get to the level of writing where I evoke that response in my own readers.