Goals

So, 2010 then …

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Around this time of year it’s traditional to reflect on the year that’s been and set some goals for the year to come. I tend not to write down the latter, because there’s a massive element of hubris involved in doing so. I did in fact post a list of targets here at the start […]

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Mrs Darcy’s Christmas Carol

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‘Tis the season of good cheer, excessive consumption and Christmas Specials. My good friend Toby Frost, author of the fabulous Space Captain Smith trilogy, has made a habit of producing one of these for the last few years and here is the latest one, “A Fairytale of New Dorchester.” Go and download it now if you […]

Competitions

Slingink Scribbling Slam

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I came home from a week’s holiday on Friday to find that I’d managed to bag third place in the fiction section of this year’s Slingink Scribbling Slam (formerly known as Eurofiction), alongside Jocelyn Hayes and behind the awesomely prolific and consistent Stef Hall and Sallie Tams. I was particularly pleased about this because I […]

Anthologies

52 Stitches

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My little friend here would like to draw your attention to a splendid new 52 Stitches anthology which is now available to buy. You really should buy this one, for two reasons. First of all, it’s very good and contains some splendidly creepy flashes from the likes of Cate Gardner, Mercedes Yardley, Barry Napier, Rachel […]

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Happy Birthday, Jane!

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Just a very quick post to wish Ms Austen a very happy one and hoping that it proves as auspicious as her birthday in 2009 when *ahem* Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens was launched on an unsuspecting world. I’d like to think that she’d take it in the spirit that it is intended. Anyway, here’s […]

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Mrs Darcy, the Epilogue

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So with this unexpected and frankly rather intriguing epilogue, “Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens” comes to a close – not, however, without leaving the door open to the first of many sequels. What an extraordinary year it’s been for Mrs D (I was about to say “journey”, but I stopped myself just in time). When […]

Anthologies

Body Parts and Coal Dust

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Now there’s an arresting cover for you, eh? This year’s Whittaker Prize anthology is now available, and what a stunning piece of work it is too. Massive kudos to Donna Gagnon Pugh, the editor, and her cover designer, the enigmatically-named Five Seventeen. Oh, and I’ve got a couple of poems in it, “Rock Bottom” and […]

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Mrs Darcy, Episode One Hundred

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And so the story comes to a close – although do watch out for Saturday’s epilogue. After a final dramatic confrontation between Elizabeth and Lady Catherine (in which, true to tradition, the latter is accused of being insane), Rosings burns to the ground and everything ends happily-ish after. Or does it …? In other news, […]

Broadcasts

Mrs Darcy, Episode Ninety-Nine

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And so we reach the penultimate episode of the story (although there is a rather tantalising epilogue as well) and we find most of the supporting characters in a bit of a pickle. Who will come to their rescue? In other news, I’m recording my Radio Verulam “Tracks of My Life” tomorrow morning. After far […]

Anthologies

Secrets and Silent Times

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Some time ago I took part in the Slingink Prize and managed to get shortlisted in the poetry section with my piece “Imitation of a Suicide”. The resulting anthology is now available from Lulu and a good read it looks too. I’m looking forward to getting my copy and I’ll be particularly intrigued to see […]