Rants

No Explanation Required

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Well, it’s been a while since I last blogged. A few weeks back I did start on a rant inspired by that daft open submission invitation from Angry Robot (remember?) that specifically excluded anything humorous ( I mean, FFS), but then I realised I’d gone on about the problem of humour before and the world hadn’t changed […]

Rants

The Curse of Comfortable Reading

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I’m a big fan of the BBC Radio 2 Book Club. However, there’s one thing that happens almost every time it’s on that exasperates me as a writer (and, in fact, as a reader). But it’s also quite fascinating and revealing, and I’d like to talk about it a bit now. For those of you […]

Competitions

Fish Off The Hook

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Excellent news. The people at Fish have sorted out the problem with my entry. The problem – as far as I can make out – seems to have been a twofold one. First of all, there definitely seems to be some kind of issue with the “buy one entry, get one half price” offer. I […]

Competitions

The One That Got Away

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UPDATE This issue has now been resolved satisfactorily. More information here. Attention short story writers! Has anyone else had problems with their entries for the Fish competition this year? Or is it just me? This is what happened to me. I’m a pretty regular entrant for the Fish competitions. They’re pricey, but there’s potentially a […]

Rants

Vast Emptiness

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So, Gravity, then. I’ve been wanting to write something about this ever since I saw it on Tuesday, but for various reasons haven’t got round to doing so. This isn’t a bad thing, because it’s given me a bit more time to think about what I wanted to say. Here goes. Oh, and there will […]

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Funny Stuff

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There was a really interesting piece in The Huffington Post yesterday on “what makes a good short story”, by Heidi Pitlor. Heidi is the series editor of the mighty annual Best American Short Stories anthology, so she can safely be taken to know a little of what she writes. There’s plenty of excellent advice in […]

Mrs Darcy

How to Avoid Being the Worst Among Sequels

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[Thought I’d have a bit of rant every now and then to liven things up. I’d be interested to see what you think.] We live in strange times. William Boyd’s Bond novel, “Solo”, is just about to be published, following in the footsteps of – amongst a surprising number of others – Sebastian Faulks and […]

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Read This and Act Now

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Apologies for the peremptory nature of the post title, but quick action is required here. It emerged today (although the press release announcing it is dated a week and a bit ago) that the BBC (who had the stupendous good taste to broadcast my story “The Amazing Arnolfini and His Wife” last year) are reducing the […]

Competitions

Word to the Wise

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Now listen ‘ere, you lot, he says with a conspiratorial tap of the nose. On checking my site stats (which I do from time to time – oh all right, every day), I’ve noticed that an awful lot of new people have found this site either by a direct link from this post on Teresa […]