My pc is fucksy. It is full of wrongness. I haven’t posted much anywhere, haven’t been able to comment on my favourite blogs and so on, because at any time, without warning, crash, it chucks me off, it deletes my email/post/whatever.Just thought I should say so…Of course this happens when I am supposed to be […]Read More Argh pc fucksy grr ness etcetera.
This is part of an interview with Ray Robinson that I found at http://www.panmacmillan.com/interviews/(The link won’t work for some reason when I insert it.) “I have a very blue-collar approach to my work. Writing isn’t some esoteric art; I don’t sit poised, quill in hand every morning, waiting for my monkey muse to throw some […]Read More Writer’s block…middle class bollocks.
Rather depressingly it has become apparent to me that there are a substantial number of people who are women writing competent stories. What worries me is the notion that perhaps we are possibly interchangeable but for one or two quirks of style. That sucks. Are we going to spend the rest of our lives submitting […]Read More It’s the difference that matters.
Vanessa Gebbie has put up details of a competition that she is hosting on her site.http://vanessagebbiesnews.blogspot.com/“HOW TO BUILD A MAN” COMPETITION I’ll give a £25.00 PRIZE to the best short story inspired by Alison Dunne’s poem, How to Build a Man. It must be unpublished, your own work, and under 1250 words. The winner will […]Read More Vanessa Gebbie’s competition.
I approach things in an optimistic fashion I think. When I pick up a book to read, or settle down to watch a film or TV show, or play music, I am hoping to be absorbed and delighted. I want it to be great, really, that’s what I am rooting for.It seems ages since I […]Read More Searching for the dazzle.
After my disgusted outburst at myself yesterday I am pleased to report that I managed to write a (very short flash) story last night. Woot!Read More Stern words work!
Just about the only thing bringing me joy right now is Veronica Mars. Living have been repeating series 1 and 2 daily for the last few weeks, and it is ultra delicious. The writing is uber snappy and funny, but there are also those quiet vulnerable moments too. I think the actors are doing a […]Read More Veronica Mars.
I read about this over at Danuta Kean’s blog (link on right). National Book Tokens launch Not Yet Published, a literary prize exclusively for booksellers. The Not Yet Published prize celebrates National Book Tokens 75th anniversary and long association with the book trade. Inspired by Man Booker nominees Sarah Waters and David Mitchell, who were […]Read More Book tokens competition.
There was an article in yesterday’s Independent by Frances Wilson entitled “True romance – private lives of the lady novelists.” It begins with the line “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in pursuit of a literary career will never find happiness with a husband, particularly if she writes about love.”Per-lease.The next sentence […]Read More Oh for fucks sake…
I have several short story ideas bubbling around. Plus of course, my novel is always in my head (never on the page, such fear!) The two email fiction things I did have broken my inertia a little. I sat down yesterday to write, and instead of one of the story ideas I have been brewing […]Read More What is the point?