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, […]

Dip Flash

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 […]

Dip Flash

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 […]

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 […]

Love and Loss and Other Important Stuff

The Joy of Wikis

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Fans of this website will be delighted to know that I have added another Wiki to it. Sorry, you didn’t know it had Wikis? You’re kidding me. OK, the first one was, of course, Wickhampedia, which I originally conceived as a resource to help explain some of the more obscure references in MRS DARCY VERSUS THE […]

Dot Dash

Housekeeping News

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When I started having stuff published, I resisted the idea of having my own Facebook page, because it seemed a bit vain. Which is odd, really, because I’m actually quite a vain person. However, when I was campaigning to get MRS DARCY VERSUS THE ALIENS out in the world, it became a necessity, so I set […]

Acceptances

Novel Nights

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Now I know I should really be out and about promoting my poetry collection, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to stand up in public and read from The Next Big Thing But One at this month’s excellent Novel Nights event. I did make a slight faux pas with the first extract I submitted, as […]