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Rejection and the Avoidance of Grudges

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I’m going to change the nature of this blog very slightly this year, as there probably won’t be so many of the breathless “Look at me I won something” and “Look at me I’ve had something published” posts. This is mainly because I’m intending to focus a bit more on writing longer stuff – but do […]

Reviews

Thursday Miscellany

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In the absence of any coherent theme for a post, I thought I’d tell you about a few things that have caught my eye lately. This may become a regular feature or it may not. Here goes, anyway. First of all, I’m assuming that everyone has already read Nik Perring’s “Not So Perfect“? If not, […]

Other people

The Art of Promotion

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At the last meeting of the ever-wonderful Verulam Writers’ Circle we had a workshop led by Miles Barden – who, you may recall, was one of the members of Obstacle Productions who did a few staged readings of (amongst others) a story of mine last year. The theme of the workshop was essentially how to […]

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Let the Festivities Begin

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At around this time of year, I feel an urge to write a post listing everything I’ve done this year and setting goals for the next one. In fact, around this time last year I did indeed write such a post – then I took one look and deleted it. As it happens, I have […]

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One Year On

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Hmmm. Looks like it’s a year to the day since I posted this. Doesn’t time fly, eh? Interestingly, I notice that I didn’t quite stick to my original intentions. Ah well. These things are meant to evolve, and when you’ve got your own platform, it’s hard to avoid the temptation to use it. I just […]

Real life

So, Where Was I?

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Back from a week’s break in the Peak District – the excuse being that it was our daughter’s 21st birthday and she’s at University up there. Beautiful part of the world, and the sun even shone on the day we climbed Mam Tor. Nice one, God. However, despite having plenty of time to let the […]

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Blood on the Streets in Greyling Bay

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Or “When Collaborative Fiction Goes Bad”. So let’s imagine that you’ve written a piece as part of a collaborative fiction venture, and you’ve created a character that you like and that you want to develop further. In fact, you’ve already written more about him, and you feel that you have something really interesting emerging here. […]

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Stumbled Upon

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Good lord. I was just checking my site stats when I noticed that the number of visitors to this site has soared over the last couple of days. Looking into it further, it appears that someone on StumbleUpon has recommended it (although I can’t find the actual post). Well, all I can say is many […]

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“Greetings in Jesus’ Name!”

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Move over Jack Straw. I was contacted just now by someone who’d had this rather curious e-mail regarding an apartment in Nob Hill, San Francisco (yes, honestly), and was wondering if it was some kind of scam or not. Hmmm. All I can say is that we Jonathan Pinnocks don’t half get about, don’t we? […]