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Teenage Wasteland 4: The Legend of Catherine of Gawthwate – Finale

Here follows the last installment of The Legend of Catherine of Gawthwate, a truly terrible piece of my early writing that I have dredged up for your amusement. (Catch up on parts one, two, and three of TLoCoG here, here, … Continue reading

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Teenage Wasteland 3: The Legend of Catherine of Gawthwate continues some more!

Sorry no proper reviews since last week. It’s been busy times in Womblevonia. In lieu of exciting commentary on other people’s work, I give you: terrible writing from my childhood! (Catch up on parts one and two of TLoCoG here … Continue reading

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Teenage Wasteland 2: The Legend of Catherine of Gawthwate Continues!

So, people seemed to enjoy reading my horrifically bad early writings, last week. Favourites including my unique spelling of the word accent ‘exuent’ and Sir Richard’s horse, Belinda. For kicks and giggles, and so you can find out what happens … Continue reading

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Teenage Wasteland: Old Manuscripts

Inspired by Lou Morgan’s post on discovering an old manuscript, I dug out a few. It wasn’t hard. I knew exactly where they were. I know some people who are happy to throw out their writing – one person who … Continue reading

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I had an idea, but I’m unsure how to realise it

So, I had what I thought was a really great idea. I checked it with some trusted friends who would have pulled faces at me if it were utterly daft, and they agreed that it sounded like a pretty good … Continue reading

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Exciting News!

My short story, ‘The Will to Live’, has been short-listed for the Dark Fiction Magazine Epic Flash Fiction Contest. I am most excited about this and really hope to win, but I’ll be thrilled if this is as far as … Continue reading

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Writing News: The Giant

After really helpful and insightful comments from the awesome Steve Cooper, N K Kingston, Paul Stephenson, and Derek Muir, who carefully read through all 25,000 words, I have now performed the final, pre-submission edits on my novella, The Giant. Credit … Continue reading

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The Giant, redrafted

After reading through the whole thing again I have tightened the earlier chapters and was able to identify the point at which the Suck started. Surprisingly, it was only a couple of pages from the end, which was good. I … Continue reading

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Genre For Japan

On Thursday, the amazing Amanda Rutter of Floor to Ceiling Books asked Twitter: ‘Can the spec fiction community not to do something like #AuthorsforJapan?’ I’d been wondering much the same thing, and so had several others. The upshot of the … Continue reading

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We Are the Champions, My Friends…

So, I was totally planning on hacking away at the cliff-face of The Giant this evening anyway, but spurred on by my fiction publication, I decided to sit down, shut up, and get the bloody thing done. And it is. … Continue reading

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