That One Perfect Sound

I’m always questing. It sounds pretentious? Nerdy? Daft? Well it’s true. I’m always questing for that one perfect album or song that reverberates throughout my innards and lances down my back before lodging in my hind brain and demanding replay. When writing the sounds that come packaged with the world seem insignificant, yet filled with […]

The Hazards of Research

I have a love/hate relationship with research. It’s necessary but it can create a whole mess of issues… First there’s procrastination. You’re really into the idea behind your story. You want to know more so you can understand it better. You read and discuss and read and discuss (ad infinitum) all under the guise of […]

Career Writing? LOL

I’d like to start off by saying that I already have a career. I’m happy with that career. I don’t expect to ever make significant amounts of money from my writing. This isn’t pessimism based on a lack of confidence in my own work. Rather it’s based on observations and teachings. If there’s one thing […]

The Significance of Workshopping

Okay I’m going to make a sweeping statement. When you are doing a Writing MA the single most important thing you will do is take part in workshops. Forget the lectures where you write a few tricks of the trade (in a notebook that you rarely open), forget the critical essays (in which you do […]

Gender Politics

Dangerous ground this. I never feel comfortable talking about writing female characters, beyond saying that I don’t feel confident in my ability to do so. In the same vein I don’t feel comfortable talking about other women writing men because I tend to resort to stereotypes and in an ideal world any character could behave […]

First Workshop

So I volunteered to be one of the second years to submit a piece for the first fiction workshop. I decided to submit one of my more finished pieces and not surprisingly the reactions tended towards the negative. I enjoyed the experience at the time. The criticism and advice was all good. I left thinking […]

Update

So I went on holiday. It’s the first proper holiday I’ve had in a long time. That’s to say it’s the first holiday where the soul purpose was be a tourist, relax and take photos of things my camera isn’t nearly good enough to take photos of. Anyway the whole thing was just great but […]

Multi-Tome Epics

While in Waterstones on Saturday I made a list of fantasy books I thought looked interesting. When I looked them up on amazon to see if they’d be worth the effort I discovered that not a single one was stand-alone. Each already had at least one sequel and had aspirations towards longer series with a […]

Rat’s Tail

That’s the working title of the project I’ve set myself. I’ve got a world history. I’ve got a piece in the anthology that sets up a shit ton of questions. I’ve got another piece of back story. I’ve got the beginnings of an interview with a character who probably won’t even be in the story […]

Update!

It’s been nearly two months since I last updated. The lack of classes over the summer combined with a general winding down has resulted in less writing and more reading and even more thinking about writing. In short I’ve been relaxing and making notes. I keep promising that I’m going to write more and be […]