If you are interested in reading some work of mine that has only been published in print, a few short stories are now up over at Medium. There are also old stories previously published online, now Medium is their new home. As a platform it is easy to use, and sleek to look at. It's been … Continue reading Some small Mediums at large
Some days it's me and the pixels, typing things and making stuff up. On some rare days, it's me celebrating some good news. Today is that day. Yes, indeed, it's that time again everybody, when I get an electronic communiqué to inform me a lil thing I wrote has found its home in the world and it's … Continue reading Here Be A Story
I want to demonstrate why, despite the many rejections and deafening silence at times, I will I keep writing and keep sending pieces out. This is the story of a short story. There was a thing, a scrap of an idea pullulating away in its own stew in a quiet corner of a sprawling mess … Continue reading Little victory
I'm in the midst of editing and putting together some of my short stories. My novella is in competition stasis and while I thought I had time to enter it in a slightly later competition for novellas I was wrong. So, because of submission overlap and the fact this second competition is accepting novellas but … Continue reading Collected work – in progress
Where I have the most experience as a creative writer is in the submission rejection process. No, no need to get all sympathetic and tut tut. It's true and it maybe true for a while yet, for a myriad of reasons. On the bright side it indicates I'm still sending stuff out there. And that's … Continue reading Lessons from rejection
When I have doubts about what I'm doing, which can happen, say after a bad submission rejection (there are good and bad ones) I stand alone on the shore of the wide world, like Keats once did, and think about chucking it in, in much the same way he didn't. Maybe I could get an easier … Continue reading Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain
I'm in research mode right for a short story. I like this bit of the process, this and the editing part. Mostly the connecting of ideas from research is conducted inside my head. A lot of copying and pasting and browsing and reading and happening across items and ideas online and IRL (yeah I know) … Continue reading A crevice for an idea, Guv’na? Researching a short story.
2014 Update. Since blogging this in 2011 and writing my review of Liam Davison's Collected Stories a few years before that, I wish to acknowledge the passing of Davison and his wife on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine. I, like many, am saddened by the loss of such a talented story teller. I am honoured … Continue reading The long and short of it