Poetry/Life update

So, I've just submitted my six poems for the fourth module of my MA. I've got a dissertation to write between now and December (which is basically 15-20 more poems). However, the taught component is done, so essentially it's time to figure out the next thing. Doing the MA was a suggestion from my sister,... Continue Reading →

Short story: Coffee

I've reduced the number of works I'm making available on the site, in order to have a more honest go at having stuff published. This short story was written in July 2013, which seems a world away, and was put in front of the London Road Irregulars, which was a lovely support group that fizzled out... Continue Reading →

Writing books is hard shock

So, November 1st I embarked on NaNoWriMo 2015, which is a challenge to write a novel - beginning, middle and end - of at least 50,000 words between November 1-30. It's only the 25th, but I'm calling it a day at roughly 22,000 words. And yet, I would say that this month has been a semi-success.

Spectre review

I've been trying to review more things, just because it's good for the old brain. There's plenty of words available on Bond at the moment, and this one wanders around a bit, but you might find it interesting. Spectre (2015) Perhaps you can review Daniel Craig’s Bond films simply by looking at the theme songs.... Continue Reading →

Poems about Fishing

I wrote a poem. Well, some poems. The old line "there's plenty more fish in the sea" apparently bugs me a lot. I first wrote a short poem about it back in November 2012, thought it was pretty okay, and then earmarked it for a long-delayed fanzine, so it hasn't really been seen much. (I... Continue Reading →

Funeral #fridayflash

#fridayflash, wordbunches on a Friday. I wrote this in a cafe last month, because felt guilty for not writing much, but I couldn't be bothered to revise it heavily. We need to come up for a word that means "enjoy" but suits more serious stuff. Answers on a postcard. Also, yesterday was my two-year blogging... Continue Reading →

Dawn #fridayflash

#fridayflash, wordbunches on a Friday. New for 2014: nothing. This week’s prompt is “the hill at dawn”. We sat on the hill, waiting for sunrise. The grass had frosted over, and street lamps shone from the valley below, a starcloth that muted the stars. You were sat with your kneees tucked under your chin, and your arms... Continue Reading →

Diss: one year on

Near-exactly one year ago I submitted my dissertation. In honour of the sleepless nights, it is presented here in full. If you like science fiction, you might find it interesting, and if you don't, you might find it more interesting still. If anyone's stupid enough to try to steal this essay as their own, more... Continue Reading →

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