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 →

New ventures

Tl;dr - making creative things in Leicester. Get involved. Over three years of living in Leicester, I met a load of talented people, who just give away their time either through generosity or because they don't quite realise how special they are. Also, I made friends with these people. The other thing that happened is... 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 →

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