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.

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 →

Blogging in 2014

A post summarising what blogging means in 2014, and where I'm taking mine. I've had a blog a while now, since mid-March 2012 (which is a while in Internet-time), so I've been asked a couple of times by people looking to get into blogging how on earth you do it. (I've given various garbled guidance... Continue Reading →

Wrapping up 2013

Hello again. Sorry the blog went quiet without warning. You know how it is, once you stop doing something, it becomes harder to start it up again. Plus, an awful lot of life seemed to be happening for a while there, so I didn't really feel like doing much of anything. Still, cusp of a... Continue Reading →

Tech Support #fridayflash

New #fridayflash for you all. Wordbunchings every Friday(ish). The Internet isn't working again. This is worse than last month, when it started to slow down incrementally on each page you opened, until it reached the slowest of crawls, and when I hit refresh the whole thing just packed up and refused to load anything, even after... Continue Reading →

Putting on a Show – Week Four: Melvin

Welcome back to our series on Nando’s and Nandon’ts. Last week, you heard James Bloomfield talking about his role, Melvin, and this week you’ll hear myself and Will. Melvin’s been the most difficult character to crack, and has certainly been the one under most discussion in the super-secret writing meetings. Our protagonist has always been... Continue Reading →

A Chapter of Writers

As a bonus for today, here's a post from Nick Palmer's blog about the writer's group we are both a part of, and I have failed to mention. It speaks truth. It has inspired me to keep plugging away at that play I've been guiltily referring to since last year, and is a wonderful group... Continue Reading →

Putting on a Show – Week Two: Q&A

So, a definitely-not-self-indulgent Q and A. I shall begin. JAMES: So, Will - why me? Oh god, why me? WILL:  Well, I’m not entirely sure. We hadn’t known each other too long when I approached you. You’d foolishly cast me in a play you were directing in 2012 and so I guess I’d got used... Continue Reading →

Putting on a Show – Week One: What and Why

As you may know, I have an ongoing collaboration with William Breden (@WinsomeVogon is one of the few places he concedes to being online). It is called Nando’s and Nandon’ts. To the right is a poster designed for its first public outing. Here, we begin an irregular series documenting our folly. Here’s Will, with a... Continue Reading →

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