The Writing Life: Chopsticks and Dust

Sometimes you just have to start writing in order to get anywhere. This is another made up as I go along blog - welcome to spontaneity land! I am still editing. That basement full of dust covered tables? I'm working on them with chopsticks, one tiny clump at a time. I can't say it's ideal, …

Continue reading The Writing Life: Chopsticks and Dust

Advertisements

There’s a sale on…

Hey folks, Just to let you know the kindle versions of my book are on sale in the UK and US for 99p and 99c respectively until this Sunday and Saturday, again, respectively. My apologies to the rest of the world to whom I cannot offer a discount! Of course the book is free to …

Continue reading There’s a sale on…

The Writing Life: 108+ Steps from Victory (Or – Keyword Search Hell Awaits!)

You know, I really wanted to be done with The Killer and The Dead by now. I haven’t fallen victim to perfectionism, honest. What has happened is I have realized in the course of reading the book again, that in addition to making semi-final additions to the manuscript for clarity, plot, and theme advancement, and …

Continue reading The Writing Life: 108+ Steps from Victory (Or – Keyword Search Hell Awaits!)

The Writing Life: It’s just 30 minutes…

I’m tired. I’d rather go to bed, but I’ve bargained with myself and asked for thirty minutes of writing, just thirty minutes and then bed. See what I can produce now (Wednesday night) to make it easier to get my blog out on time tomorrow, after another long day. I realized yesterday that I have …

Continue reading The Writing Life: It’s just 30 minutes…

Why I Write Fantasy: To Explore the Meta

To be honest, in writing The Killer and The Dead I didn’t set out to explore aspects of metafiction, which I define as fiction that interrogates itself, and that can operate in a separate space in the reader’s mind beyond merely the ingestion and understanding of the narrative: it just kind of happened. In meta …

Continue reading Why I Write Fantasy: To Explore the Meta

The Writing Life: Imagining Success

Hi there folks! I did finally finish my vocalization of The Killer and The Dead today, and many improvements have been made, and a mere thirty two notes to self generated. You know, changes, continuity checks, questions for proofers and beta readers, that kind of thing. I’m still a few steps away from hitting the …

Continue reading The Writing Life: Imagining Success

Why I Write Fantasy: To try to Touch the Unknown.

The adventure of a blank page is the infinite possibilities it represents. Each word written at first narrows the choices left for those to follow, words determining their most likely successors, options being lost due to the rules of grammar, the syntax of language. But, after a time a magical thing can happen: the groups …

Continue reading Why I Write Fantasy: To try to Touch the Unknown.