Don’t faint. I know it’s a little out of the ordinary to see a non-fiction post up in here. I did have this whole swathe of them planned, but what is it they say about our best plans? Sheesh. Anyhow, I have been saved from boring the tits off you all with constant serial fiction […]
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http://www.pinterest.com/renbolina/idea-factory/ This is a little experiment of sorts. I’m compiling an idea factory. Every week, or every other week, there’ll be a series of images, a couple of curious things to research, or a news story or essay/article about some fascinating thing I’ve discovered, maybe a music video to add to the collage. Now this is […]
Read more "Idea Factory…Take 1"
First order of business in this update is to send a big shout-out of thanks to my two sponsors! Many, many thanks! Have raised $30 thus far, and am delighted! That’s two flash pieces to write after the write-a-thon is finito. Exciting! I am all the exclamation marks. 🙂 Second order o’ business. Words. How […]
Read more "Clarion Write-a-thon Update: Numero Cuatro"
So, I’m participating (again) in the Clarion write-a-thon, you can find my profile here. I’ve edited it a touch since I first decided to re-register, and my new aims (not yet updated, but hopefully soon) are at least 1k a day, with aspirations of up to 3k. My over-arching goal being to finish a little […]
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Lately I’ve been thinking about what’s missing from the way I read. I read a lot, you see, but I’ve noticed a definite disparity between not only the kind of books I tend to read, but what I take from them. I don’t really learn. I read for pure pleasure on the whole and it’s […]
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You ever feel the pressure to be an ideas factory? All those authors constantly wagging on about how they’re so brim full of ideas all the time they can barely buy enough notepads to cram them all into. It’s almost sickening, because, really, where the hell are they all coming from, these ideas of theirs? […]
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This past weekend I finally took the plunge and popped my con cherry at AltFiction. Re-locating this year from Derby to Leicester, under the management of the mighty Adele (@Hagelrat of twitter & a head Apoc Girl) and her team, it was held at the Phoenix Digital Arts Centre, which is a lovely venue; modern, […]
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I wrote a rather odd little number for Colin Barnes City of Hell Chronicles, Volume one. I thought it might be interesting to use this particular story to share a little of the varied lightning bolts that pulse life into the dead meat of a story, as it’s something I see asked often (though of […]
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Well, so, over at Terribleminds Chuck Wendig has set the formidable task of pressing shuffle on our iPods and writing a 500 word flash to the first tune that peeps its eyes up at us from the screen. Now having been to uni and committed workshop crimes, I am no stranger to this sort of […]
Read more "The Wendigo’s flash fiction challenge… and my response."
I could start screaming like a maniac knowing the New Year is breathing down my neck like the proverbial alien in a dark corridor, its acid sputum carving rivulets through my trembling flesh. But I won’t. This is because I have, for the first time in a long time, got plans. They aren’t set in stone […]
Read more "Queensbury Rules, old chap, pip pip… or… Plans and Resolutions."