I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny. I didn't read them with any pre-conceived ideas - in fact, both were from NetGalley and I knew very little about them - it’s possibly only a similarity of my own thinking, but they seem like a match... Continue Reading →
At after work drinks I was introduced to a friend of a friend. My pal gave a brief preamble saying we both write fiction and left us to chat. The guy said, “Oh right, you’ve had some stuff published, I’ve got stories that need publishing, where should I send them?”I asked him what kind of... Continue Reading →
(Galore is a good word, I haven't used it for ages I don't think. I like it. Say it aloud - "galore", it sounds nice.)Anyway I have a bunch of reviews online and thought I'd link to them in case anyone fancies a read. WBQ is now available online as well as in print, and... Continue Reading →
The post-person delivered another book for me to review today. I always open review books hopefully, but a little nervously. Ploughing through something I hate and then having to write a review is tedious, and I resent the time it takes, but the lovely feeling that accompanies reading a fresh voice, a good writer, is... Continue Reading →
A new edition of The Short Review has just gone live.I reviewed Jen Michalski's "Close Encounters"
1 - The Burroughs book that my colleague was holding when he said "Look, it's Matt..."? Turns out it's subtitled "A book of the dead".2 - I am desperately struggling to edit a story I love. I love it but know that it doesn't work as it is. Now I have a new end visual... Continue Reading →
Reviewing is taking up a fair bit of my time lately. I think I should probably spend more time writing my own stuff than writing about others, but I love reading, and when I find something brilliant I really want to share.Anyway, I pride myself on integrity and honesty and all that good stuff.But.Yes, but.I... Continue Reading →
I have always been a sucker for a blank page, ooh preferably in a brand new notebook, lovely. A morning is good, a fresh week is better, a new year is glorious, just full of hope. I am forever full of the same resolutions that I first made as a girl: lose weight, exercise, write... Continue Reading →