Yesterday & Today: 31st May

One thing ticked off yesterday: the first round of editing of 17 Alma Road. I will probably put it away for a number of weeks now before another review, and then get it sent off to agents and advance copy reviewers after that. As a book it currently weighs in at 217 pages and, based … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 31st May

Yesterday & Today: 30th May

There is something quite magical about penning the first few words of a fresh story; I think it's about embarking on a new journey - and not being sure where that journey will take you, nor how long it will absorb you for. Indeed, you are not even confident you will make it all the … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 30th May

New podcast episode!

I have just published a new episode to my "WalkingThruFire" podcast. It is "What he knew", a short story taken from my collection, Degrees of Separation. I hope you like it. 'Walkingthrufire' can also be found on Audible, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts etc.

Yesterday & Today: 29th May

Yesterday was my 150th consecutive day of posting to this site - or roughly 5/12 of the way through. The other day someone asked me how I was able to keep these posts going; the first answer is the one I gave yesterday about 'heartbeat', the second is that I know they have a definite … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 29th May

Yesterday & Today: 28th May

Although these posts create a kind of 'heartbeat' for the day, it's hard for me to know just how interesting people find them or how much seeing inside the heart of my writing journey may be appreciated. The only measure I really have is visitor stats from WordPress. So how's this? As individual months, both … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 28th May

Yesterday & Today: 27th May

If yesterday ended up being a little out-of-the-ordinary that was probably only because I managed to break the little toe on my right foot first thing and was in various states of pain and wooziness for a fair chunk of the day! That didn't stop me spending a chunk of time on 'Z' plotting (there … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 27th May

Yesterday & Today: 26th May

Yesterday's highlight was the monthly Contextual virtual poetry reading event, the 18th in the series! There was some very strong work which tackled difficult subjects like terrorism, dementia, and abortion. This prompted a short conversation about what might be termed 'taboo' subjects in poetry. I think the conclusion we reached was that you could legitimately … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 26th May

New podcast episode!

I have just published a new episode to my "WalkingThruFire" podcast. It is an untitled piece I wrote when at the 2022 Swanwick Writers' Summer School. It emerged from two workshops, one on the short story and one on general fantasy. The amalgam is - I have always assumed - the beginning of something rather … Continue reading New podcast episode!

Yesterday & Today: 25th May

A good day yesterday, not so much in terms of the total time spent working on projects but rather the sense of progress made with each. Often it's the intangible and immeasurable which gives the greatest sense of satisfaction, don't you think? All of which goes a little bit against the grain and my instinct … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 25th May

Interesting TV – but you’ve got to go searching for it…

In the last week or so I have seen three interesting chunks of TV - but I had to go looking for them. And I'm afraid that as these are all on BBC iplayer, if you're outside the UK you may not have access to them... Mark Lawson talks to Martin Amis. an hour-long interview … Continue reading Interesting TV – but you’ve got to go searching for it…