Crucible of Time (1983)

You can follow me here each Wednesday through the #clifimadness project which chronicles my research into climate change and how addressing it in fiction, the novel form, may be the answer to reaching a wider audience. I will chronicle my everyday ramblings on twitter and Facebook, please sign up for info there. Published in 1983,…

After The Dust Has Settled

So, let’s do a few checks: #100daysofwriting, done, #ayearofwriting, done, sanity, gone long ago, work produced, more than I have produced in several years of procrastination. I have written nine short stories and there’s one yet to complete, I average around 21,000 words a story when writing. Now, here’s for the Rachel Riley moment, 21,…

A Year of Writing: Days 351-360

We’re on the final homestretch, you can see it unfold day by day at my Facebook page. Day 351 of #ayearofwriting and my scribbling over the last few days has started to hone down to a single idea. There is something about the outsider that appeals to me. I consider myself to be an outsider, looking in,…

A Year of Writing: Days 341-350

You can follow my daily rambles on twitter and Facebook. Day 341 of #ayearofwriting and throughout this project I have not had a space of my own. Now, after many years the bookcases are in my office. Craft books, poetry books, collections and fiction burbles out of boxes and back onto the shelves. There are text books I have taught,…

Let’s Talk About Climate Change

Have you got your biscuits and a nice cup of tea? Have you cleaned up? Done the pots and hoovered around? Have you made sure that you’ve dusted? Do you see where I am going with these questions? It’s an analogy for how writers are tackling climate change. It’s one of the reasons I am…

Can You Predict A Rejection?

The simple answer would be, ‘No’. That would be a very short post. Yet, the industry thrives on workshops and posts that tell you how to minimise rejection. Funnily enough you never see this when it comes to dating, who would attend such painful, public workshops? Steve from Bolton states that after dating Tracey from…

A Year of Writing: Days 331-340

You can follow my daily rambles on twitter and Facebook. See you there,  eyes down for a full house… Day 331 of #ayearofwriting and I am at the end of draft 5 of Ms Hayashida. I have cut around 2000 words, pointless tangents that bring nothing to what the truth of the story is. What it is…

A Year of Writing: Days 321-330

Day 321 of #ayearofwriting and exciting news, new story, published today in Mechanics’ Institute Review. Find out more here https://andrewoldhamsboneyard.wordpress.com/?p=3634 Day 322 of #ayearofwriting and I am seeing how the whole story is like a dance. It takes time to perfect. Thankfully, I type better than I dance. I write better than I move. Day 323 of #ayearofwriting and sometimes you can…

Can You Predict The End?

Remember you can stay tuned every day to what I am up to on a number of channels. Be all last season with me on Facebook. You can be all of a flutter with me on twitter or see the latest writers’ fashion craze on Instagram. You know you want to, darling. Back in the 1970s when I was…

A Year of Writing: Days 311-320

Remember you can stay tuned every day to what I am up to on a number of channels. Be all last season with me on Facebook. You can be all of a flutter with me on twitter or see the latest writers’ fashion craze on Instagram. You know you want to, darling. Day 311 of #ayearofwriting and…

New Publication in Mechanics’ Institute Review

Great news, on the 19th November, 2019, as part of the preliminary world building work I am doing around my novel,  The Song of the Metal Grasshopper, the short story Road Liable to Flooding will be published in The Mechanics’ Institute Review. The story was selected by Toby Litt (deadkidsongs, Journey into Space) for publication and can…

How I Stay Ahead When Writing

Just over six weeks to go and a promise I made at the start of the year will be over. I will have written for 365 days. I am getting excited, I am getting to that point where I want to rush for goal but that suggests that I won’t continue. That I have put…