Archive for August, 2011

how to write a terrible first draft

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Yesterday I finished writing the first draft of my novel. It is a really terrible first draft. I’m not being modest. I’m not showing off, either. It sucks. The characters are weak and do things for no reason. They can’t even hold onto their names for the length of the story. The plot is unjustifiably [...]

the illustrated dreams of the editor

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Got my contributor’s copy of Dark Tales XV in the post this morning, thank you very much.
My story is blurbed on the back – go me! It’s called ‘The Illustrated Dreams of the Ancestors’ and it’s a ghost story set in a small town in Okinawa. I lived in this small town for a [...]

five writers with teeth and claws

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

A few years ago, I became scared that I was losing my lifelong passion for reading. So many mediocre books! So many bad ones…  I threw ‘Atonement’ across the room in disgust. ‘After Dark’ was a yawn fest. ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ made me sick with disappointment. It was a dark time in my reading life. [...]

terrible news for terrible people

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Thanks to my extraordinarily talented brother, Matt Bruce, I now have this spanking new website with which to inflict myself, my writing, and (worst of all) my opinions upon the world.
This can only spell disaster.
Watch this space.

some stories

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Many of the stories on this list are free to read – just click the links.

Convent Geometry – Ideomancer
A Rose is Rose – Strange Horizons
Miss Lonelyhearts – Expanded Horizons
Witchwood – Three-Lobed Burning Eye
Ghost of a Horse Under a Chandelier – Strange Horizons
Broken Heart Champagne – Flashquake