OK, I admit it, sci-fi is boring. After endless Star Trek re-runs, innumerable badly scripted Hollywood movies and a thousand video games with pixel-deep narrative, the once wondrous ideas of sci-fi have become yawn-inducing. Fortunately for me, beyond the world of tedious mass media sci-fi, lies the exciting world of literary science fiction or “SF”Continue reading “Boring old sci-fi”
Alt.Fiction 2008 was, as predicted, fun, entertaining, enlightening and…expensive! Ticket to Alt.Fiction – £20. Various snack meals – £30. Too many excellent small press books and magazine subscriptions – £100. Getting to hear John Jarrold bang his fist on the table whilst telling us all that publishing is a commercial industry – £PRICELESS! I’ve seenContinue reading “The Alt. Report 2008”
I’d like to gamble that when clever people were kicking around ideas about how the internet would revolutise society, no one predicted the revival of the oral tradition. I know if anyone had told me I’d be using my super powerful computer to listen to stories much the same as my ancesteros told around theContinue reading “Audio is Our Future”
This is really sad. I’m watching Radiohead on TV. They suck. What happened people? They used to be alright. Now they sound like a nervous cough. Somebody give Tom York a Lockett.
A number of writers have declared places won on the Clarion West workshop, here, here and here. I still have seen nothing either way on Clarion East / San Diego which is where I have applied. There is still hope, but it is growing dimmer.
Rejection phobia has to be the number one barrier to development as a writer that most people face. Taking the raw material of your soul, crafting into over long hours of sweat and toil into a unique expression of your inner being and then displaying it to the world only to get a rejection letterContinue reading “Damo’s Guide to Embracing Rejection”
It occurred to me that submitting stories to short fiction markets is a bit of a mystery to many people, so I thought I would write a post about it that some might find informative. I hope others don’t find it patronising. Ok, like most people I quite like bragging about my successes so I’llContinue reading “Damo’s Guide to Getting Published More”