Dip Flash

DIP FLASH Gets a Cover

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I once went to a talk given by the chief book-buyer for WHSmith Travel, where he talked about his process for choosing which books to stock in his shops (the branches of WHSmith you see in railway stations, airports and motorway service stations). First of all he looked at the cover, then at the blurb […]

Real life

Update on the Day I Went Viral

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Remember this? Best final line of any book I’ve read for a while. pic.twitter.com/xtbKLxHrxY — Jonathan Pinnock (@jonpinnock) March 12, 2018 Four days on from the original tweet and the crazy bandwagon is running out of steam. It passed 6000 retweets a couple of mornings ago just after breakfast, but by that point it was already slowing to […]

Real life

The Day I Went Viral

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Well, I was going to write an entirely different blog post today, properly on topic about my forthcoming short story collection DIP FLASH (gotta keep mentioning it, eh?) But then this happened: Best final line of any book I’ve read for a while. pic.twitter.com/xtbKLxHrxY — Jonathan Pinnock (@jonpinnock) March 12, 2018 At the time of […]

Acceptances

Exciting Times

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Well, things have certainly taken an interesting turn of late. First of all, I have had a couple of endorsements for DIP FLASH. And I am rather pleased with them. The first one that came in was from a literary hero of mine, David Gaffney a.k.a. the Godfather of Flash. (If you haven’t read SAWN-OFF TALES, […]

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Dip Flash – An Update

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I had plans. I really did. I was going to start blogging once a week again. I was going to brag, rant and generally pontificate about stuff I’d written and stuff other people had written and stuff that had nothing to do with writing at all. But an attack of real life (well, mainly the day […]

Reviews

What I Read in 2017

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I read 67 books in 2017, which was seven more than in 2016, but still a long way short of 2014’s epic 95. One of these days I’ll make it to 100. Anyway, here they all are: Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Half of a Yellow Sun Alderman, Naomi The Power Ball, James Post Truth Barnes, Adrian Nod […]

Competitions

So Farewell Then, 2017

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Well, that was an odd year for writing, that’s for sure. Some very good things happened, certainly, but a lot of things didn’t, and I’m only just beginning to work out why. The first amazingly good thing to happen was that I found a publisher for my second short story collection, Dip Flash. I’m particularly excited […]

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Putting It All Together

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Back in February of this year I signed a contract with Cultured Llama for my next short story collection, Dip Flash. One of the clauses of that deal stipulated that I was to provide them with a complete manuscript by the 1st of December. So it’s probably about time that I got this thing into […]

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 […]