There was nothing to say. What could be said had been said. More words could only be vanity. Anyone of importance had already spoken. Nothing of great import had been said. Perhaps if we had been listening things might have gone better. Than they did. The only great thing left to do was be quiet.Continue reading “Literature”
I’ve never been upset about a media related issue before, but have been feeling genuinely enraged since I found out that HBO, the makers of Rome, have cancelled what is without a doubt the best written, produced and acted TV show of all time, and I really do mean that. There is a petion onContinue reading “The Fall of Rome”
Apparently when put under pressure to say something clever about performance poetry I managed this: ‘The performance poet is less like an actor or comedian and most like the church preacher or politician — who knows that there are many ways to skin a cat … humour, yes, but also anger, tragedy, joy … theContinue reading “Clever Clogs”
A catchy little 12 point guide to selling your self as a professional writer by Meg Rosoff. My personal favourite… ‘Contrary to popular belief, editors and agents are gagging for good books.’ Meg Rosoff Imagine you’re being paid 35k a year as an editor for Random House. You’ve got three kids, a husband / wifeContinue reading “Sell Sell Sell”
That’s it. It’s happened. I’ve been pigeon holed. My literary credentials have been measured and been found to be…twisted. And dark. Dark and twisted. Twisted and dark. However you arrange them they add up just the same. Just to be contrary I’m now going to write something bright and breezy. Or quick and funny. OrContinue reading “Twisted Mister”
If you were harbouring any ideas about the wonders of being a first time novelist, read this. So its a tough world out there. Does this really take anyone by surprise? Are there people out there who think establishing a career as a professional novelist is just a matter of pitching up on an MAContinue reading “Its Tough Out There”
The good people over at The Zombie Astronaut and Terrifying Tales have posted the Bloodlines season including ‘Cthul-You’. Listen to it on their site or just click on the link here. Isn’t the digital age a wonderful thing?
…is my new favourite word. There are many typographical variations: Woot! W00t. w00T! WOOt! An expression of joy and triumph. A full list of the meanings of wOOt!
An interesting breakdown of the literary fiction genre by Toby Litt. Its refreshing to see someone usualy heavily associated with LitFic abandon the partisan position and admit that at bottom is just another genre. Toby is in a good place to comment, being represented by the Mic Cheetham agency who happen to also have IainContinue reading “The Litt Fic Genre”
I spent most of Thursday pondering a project I’d been asked to do in the wake of ‘Cthul-You’ airing on BBC7. The Beeb have an Audio Music Festival happening soon as part of which the Festival Live radio station will be playing to staff throughout Broadcasting House. I’m guessing Festival Live isn’t just music, becuaseContinue reading “A Twist in the Tale”
Note to self: Writing with a strong, clear voice is good. Writing with a neutral or no voice is bad. Remember!
When I was a kid I used to be hooked on Lemon’n’Lime Tangy chew bars, purchased from the leisure centre vending machine for 5p each. Chewing a Tangy was somewhat like sucking down a cup full of sulphuric acid, but in a good way. 50p would buy 10 Tangy’s and I could happily sit andContinue reading “Tangy MySpace”