Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Power of Makeup

What's this? A non-writing-related blog post? Why, yes! Because this little corner of the Net isn't just for pimping my stories or begging people to come to cons and signings. I share a lot of personal stuff on Facebook (still can't quite get the hang of Twitter, although I tried this time), but sometimes I find myself wishing certain posts and threads could last longer than the insect-lifespan of a newsfeed.

So here goes. A personal post. **deep breath**

There's been a lot of "makeup shaming" lately - people (yes, women too!) insisting that those of us who like to glam up only do so because we're insecure, because we're hiding something or because we're all victims of celebrity culture who feel pressure to conform to some manufactured ideal of beauty, etc, etc. Apparently, we shouldn't take any pleasure in making ourselves look a little prettier, a little less spotty or a little less ordinary. We should just be happy to go out with all our warts on display.

This should be a frivolous issue, a simple decision an individual makes based on her (or his) own desires, a decision as trivial as choosing which colour socks to wear. (Although give it time - the sock shamers are probably just waiting for their moment.)

YouTuber Nikkie Tutorials hit back at all this nonsense with a fabulous clip transforming half of her face into full-on glam and leaving the other half "raw, unedited, nothing, me, just me". So I'm joining the hundreds of other women who have posted crazy selfies following her example.

Here's my own half raw + half glam look!

Half raw / half glam

I love makeup and no one will ever make me feel guilty about it. I don't wear it to impress or deceive anyone, or because I think I'm ugly without it. I wear it because I like it, because it's fun and because it's just another way of expressing my creative side.

Most importantly, I wear makeup because it's MY face and MY choice.

So if you're feeling brave enough (and yes, it does take some guts to do this to only half your face because that's when the postman is bound to turn up!), join the party and post your own halfie. The Twitter hashtag is #thepowerofmakeup and I'm @ThanaNiveau over there.

MY face . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MY choice

If I can end on a more sombre note, here's a powerful video showing the dark side of the makeup controversy. It made me cry. This is why it's not a frivolous issue.






Wednesday, 22 July 2015

a chat with Angela Slatter

The lovely (and hugely talented) Angela Slatter is doing a series of interviews with all the contributing authors of The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories and today it's my turn! Well, actually I'm the first one. You can read it here:

Angela Slatter dot com 2nd Spectral Interview Thana Niveau

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

a Spectral look at a Spectral book

Like I said in an earlier post, it's been a strange couple of years for me. So many projects have fallen through or been delayed or vanished altogether. Needless to say, it's rough when that happens. People start to think you've given up writing or just dropped out of the writing world.

But here comes Mark Morris to save the day! Behold the table of contents for the forthcoming 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories!

HOUSE OF THE HAG - Paul Finch
FLOTSAM - Tim Lebbon
TOYS FROM THE GINGERBREAD COUNTRY - Richard Jay Goldstein
SUGARED HEAT - Lisa L Hannett
A GIRL AND HER DOLLS - Adrian Cole
THE LARDER - Nicholas Royle
THE VEILS - Ian Rogers
JOE IS A BARBER - Paul Meloy
LITTLE TRAVELLER - Simon Kurt Unsworth
BEHIND THE WALL - Thana Niveau
MARY, MARY - Ray Cluley
THE MEANTIME - Alison Moore
MARROWVALE - Kurt Fawver
SCRAPING BY - Gary Fry
WHERE THE FOREST ENDS - Sean Logan
WRONG - Stephen Volk
LUMP IN YOUR THROAT - Robert Shearman
HORN OF THE HUNTER - Simon Bestwick
WHO WILL STOP ME NOW? - Cliff McNish

I'm truly delighted to be in such esteemed company, especially given the inspiration for my story, "Behind the Wall". As she did with the first volume, Angela Slatter is doing mini-interviews with all the authors and you'll be able to read the story behind my story there when it's posted.

In the meantime, just look at that fantastic cover by Vincent Chong!