From Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture : Media Education for the 21st Century. What does it mean to live in a world where 1 in 5 people are bloggers? That’s the world we are entering according to a report of the MacArthur foundation. And it certainly tallies with my own experience of working withContinue reading “57% of American teenagers are media makers”
In a moment of idle bravado, I agreed to a smack-down NaNoWriMo word war with fellow authors of weird fiction Gra Linnaea, Paul Jessup and John Klima. So far the score is… …and as you can see I am losing. (At the time of writing.) So cheer for me or something.
There is a conflict being played out in the Hepworth Museum. The entrance space is occupied with a display on Barbara Hepworth’s life, each major step in the process of her growth as an artist expalined and illustrated. It was a process of discovery and loss, the apparent permanence of her sculpture contrasting the transientContinue reading “Hepworth Sculpture Garden”
Sunday was one of those days when all I could seem to do was lounge on the sofa and read, in that semi-dream state where words mingle with reality. In the morning I took a sojourn among The Sea Kings of Mars thanks to Leigh Brackett. I have had the Fantasy Masterworks volume of herContinue reading “A strange Sunday”
Andrezj Sapkowski has won the innugural David Gemmell award for Fantasy fiction (Fantasy with a big F, as the organisers say). There is a lot to like about the Gemmell’s. I loved David Gemmell’s novels as a teenager and was sad when he passed away. I can really enjoy a rollicking good heroic fantasy, markContinue reading “Gemmell Award Winner”
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about self publishing recently. I’ve been considering two projects that might be described as self publishing. And I’ve been looking at how self publishing fits into my professional life as a literature development worker. And I’ve just been following a thread incited by a Facebook status update fromContinue reading “To self publish or to not”
After much prevaricating I’ve arived on the eve of NaNoWriMo 2008 undecided about whether to take part or not. I made it to 24,000 words in 2006, then skipped 2007. But should I throw myself off the cliff and try again in 2008? There are many arguments for and against but after much consideration I’veContinue reading “NaNoWriMo 2008”
We are trapped in light Circling the destination Home ever more distant
In San Diego. Have not slept for 24 hours! Very tired, full update when rested.
In the excitement of my Welsh journeys, I haven’t mentioned that my story ‘Horizon’ is now confirmed for issue #6 of Murky Depths, debuting in December. w00t!
An extract from the opening of my new story, End Game. If anyone wants to help by offering feedback on the full story it is in the next post, password protected. Drop me a line and I will forward a password. firstname.lastname@example.org ***** Harvard names it a low risk run once too often. The fenceContinue reading “End Game Extract”
I interviewed Charlie Stross for todays Guardian. http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/sciencefiction/story/0,,2284587,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=10