Slice-of-Life SFF: a collated thread

I went off on a wee Twitter thread about slice-of-life SFF, because 1) I write it and 2) I want to see more of it in the genre.

We need to talk about slice-of-life SFF, because this is a legit THING.

How people eat, live, love, look after people they care/adopt/command (even), the moments ignored by the explosions, the big political scenes etc. How a matriarch holds her newborn grandchild. How the fam (bio or found) gathers around the table for a meal or even a chat.

How people dance, laugh, share jokes, hold hands (or appendages), breath together, recipes, to-do lists. I am sure all the great military sff commanders have someone to iron their uniforms. How the laundry systems works, how people relax in hot springs.

How people deal with emotions, like grief, how the community gathers around to deal with pain, grief, loss etc. Give me a recipe or a song to show me how they deal with it and grow stronger from it, when tears are dried, when people smile once more.

How people react to war and the consequences. Legit sff is all about the glamor. Slice-of-life seems how peope cope with it, with their new emotions, wounds, experiences. How slice-of-life scenes knit the bigger scenes together.

It is quieter, not as flashy as big SFF, but it’s part of it, it’s IN it, like the moments between important scenes. It’s like music. Slower, gentler, kinder parts where the souls rest, the bodies heal, nourished by food, love, care.

That’s how slice-of-life works. It’s worldbuilding too. It’s part of building your world to be more realistic, like how you live NOW. Like how a found fam treats the teen in their midst like a bio fam, how we resonates because we have seen such experiences, known them too.

Been writing slice-of-life since X years. Love it, will write it more. Because I watch, I observe and it’s part of who we are and what makes us whole. So, give me more domestic scenes, recipes, moments where we can breathe together.

Break is good.



We are not monoliths

Oh yeah. Chinese is not a monolith. Asians are not a monolith. A country is not a monolith. Even people are not monoliths. This is how diversity works: we are all diverse, right down to our race, background, country, orientation etc.

1st May/Beltane Card Readings are now OPEN

1st May/Beltane Card Readings are now OPEN

I got story (prose poetry story)!

Check out my story ‘The Bridge’ and the other wonderful stories!

Update from Upper Rubber Boots

Updates regarding the Kickstarter for Women Up To No Good

Oh yeah, universe…



Grimdark werewolves soundtrack.

As per all new projects, I like to come up with a soundtrack or playlist, so that I could get into the right mood. It’s grimdark werewolves, so it’s not the usual wolves I tend to write, though the primalness still remains and I want to capture this in what I am writing now.  Be warned: the current songs are metal (specifically Mongolian folk metal). I suspect the playlist will change and evolve.

Tengger Cavalry – The Wolf Ritual

The start of the song reminds me of the ritual items used by Mongolian shamans. Bone rattles, frame drums hung and decorated with bells and metal talismans. It immediately invokes a sense of primalness, a feral quality. Perfect for scene setting.

Nine Treasures – End of The World

A song you can use for ass-kicking scenes or a rollicking good time.

Nine Treasures – Wisdom Eyes

The same as above.

Lange – I Believe (DJ Tandu Remix)

I would play this song in all my playlists all the time. Perfect for urban fight scenes and when you rage and that man is going down! Hell yeah!


And from Val Helsing



Sometimes, the smallest object puts things in perspective




Water Into Wine made the longlist for the Saboteur Awards 2018. Congratulations to all the shortlistees! Chuffed to be part of such a stellar group of creatives and artists!

Previous Older Entries