Archive for November, 2011

half-face illness

Monday, November 7th, 2011

A bits and pieces sort of post this morning.  Brain is not cooperating fully and is demanding eggs and fruitcake.
Working on novel yesterday – not the ‘finished’ draft, but the half-written novel I abandoned in order to write the other novel. I was so incredibly stuck with it when I gave it up, and [...]

sympathy for the devil?

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

I think it is a very limited sort of person who can’t find compassion and forgiveness for ordinary human faults. We probably all know a difficult, demanding person who expects too much from people and has no time for normal human shortcomings. Is it a lack of imagination, or simply a deep self-centredness that makes [...]

mr white umbrella

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

I’ve got this story that I’ve been writing for about three years. It’s called Mr White Umbrella. It’s kind of a time travel story, it’s built around a paradox, and it’s pretty riddlesome. It has caused me an awful lot of headaches.
I’m pleased to report that Fantastique Unfettered have bought it for their next [...]

er… thanks

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Actually I’m a bit embarrassed by how kind and congratulatory people have been about the Bridport shortlist thingy. I was rather excited about it, it’s true. But in the cold light of day I see that all I really did was lose a competition and I’m not sure that this deserves as much praise as [...]

the joy of being a loser

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

So, there’s this major writing competition called the Bridport Prize. It happens every year, there are huge prizes, and the standard is absolutely immense. Thousands of writers, both established and emerging, enter. This year there were over 6000 entrants. I was one of them.
Guess what? I didn’t win.
But I found out yesterday that [...]

unnecessary wafflage

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I abandoned writing yesterday in order to start reading 1Q84, which I am enjoying so far. It doesn’t have the immediacy and instant ahhh of his other novels (except for After Dark, which I loathed), but then again it is a MASSIVE book. I know this probably makes me sound shallow, but I do prefer [...]

stuff and things

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Wrote 400 words of a new short story yesterday. (Go me!)
After the thoughtful discussions here and on facebook yesterday about settings in fiction, I found myself having a very clear idea of when and where these new characters were. It’s interesting to remind myself that the very fact of writing about a place adds [...]