An interim update (2nd June)…

Although this is undeniably 'off piste' in terms of my daily diary, given the bleak nature of my earlier post - and yesterday's 'black day' - I feel it incumbent on me to offer a glimmer of light sooner rather than later. And if not for you, then for me..! Merely as a point of … Continue reading An interim update (2nd June)…

“A Horse at Night – On Writing”

While I know lots of people will love Amina Cain's A Horse at Night, I'm afraid it wasn't for me. I found it somewhat self-indulgent and confusing; perhaps it was a little too 'meditative' for my taste. And I couldn't help but find in it an air of boastfulness in terms of citing all the … Continue reading “A Horse at Night – On Writing”

Yesterday & Today: 2nd June

It is quite rare that I have truly bad days, but yesterday was one of them. It felt like a very black day. Perhaps I should have been warned of what was to come when my run-through of Crash was interrupted twice and I ended up limping through the piece drained of any real conviction … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 2nd June

Yesterday & Today: 1st June

Yesterday was one of those where I seemed to spend a fair amount of time engaged in chasing my tail to some degree. No, perhaps that's not correct. I'll explain. As planned, I did a little more work on the opening of 'Z' - a chunk of that time spent re-writing what I'd already written … Continue reading Yesterday & Today: 1st June

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