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

Road Liable to Flooding 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)…

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…

A Year of Writing: Days 301-310

Day 301 of #ayearofwriting and the draft of the Ms Hayashida shudders to the end. Something else is introduced, not of spirits or gods but of masks. The idea reminds me of the academic work is did on Ray Bradbury, how the late William Touponce was really kind to me over this discovery, stating that I had…

Does It Pay To Write?

Let’s separate the wheat from the chaff. If you are here reading this because let’s face it, it is a bit of #clickbait if you take the title alone, then you’re barking up the wrong tree. I am not here to endow you with a magic formula that means 1+1= riches and fame. You are…

A Year of Writing: Days 291-300

Day 291 of #ayearofwriting and when I am not writing or on here, I think about my characters and what needs to be done or could be done. I have been concerned at the ending of my Ms Hayashida story, this will be my last story before I move back into climate change fiction, that it simply…

A Year of Writing: Days 281-290

Day 281 of #ayearofwriting and I know repetition is a bad thing in writing but the opening line is channeling Laurie Anderson and for some reason it tickles me: ‘I take Sora every Wednesday to the American diner with American food owned by an American’ Day 282 of #ayearofwriting and the art of rejection has somewhat been lost in…

A Year of Writing: Days 271-280

Day 271 of #ayearofwriting and this is still my world. So much miasma. So little words. Day 272 of #ayearofwriting and I scribble and dribble. Day 273 of #ayearofwriting and my last week has revolved around a bed and a bathroom. Today, I felt I had the energy to pick up a book. Decided to revisit something that caught my imagination…

A Year of Writing: Days 261-270

Day 261 of #ayearofwriting and the great thing about moving into another draft is the shaping of it, like clay beneath your fingers as you pull out imagery that sits there. The story starts to take shape more and small vignettes, small moments become something larger than life. Day 262 of #ayearofwriting and I am often interested in the…

A Year of Writing: Days 251-260

Day 251 and I wonder when Ms Hayashida will reveal the truth and how she will reveal that she is a kodama, a spirit of the trees (we are not in Tolkien land here), a kodama is something that can bring terrible curses on the world but when the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,…

It’s The End of the World As We Know It

Day 279 of #ayearofwriting and I am fascinated with images of the Fukushima incident. For those of you have lived under a rock for the last few years this was the wholesale failure of a nuclear power station after an earthquake and tsunami. Like Chernobyl it has created a no go zone in our world,…

Give Us Your Gum, Mr Fisher

Looking back at how writers become, how they are created has fascinated me recently, I often question how I got here, how I became this thing that writes, that will sit happily in front of a screen tapping away, filling the space with language. My science was filled with Greek myth but at the end…