As someone without any published novels (as of the time of writing), it might seem a little hypocritical of my to be giving this sermon – but I’ve been involved in the process for a couple of years now, on retainers with several publishing houses, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the process. 1) Find a Professional Agent. Whether you’re a … Continue reading Getting Published; Some Tips.
1990, 2015, A litany of fire in the East. This road leads into the city In Which History Is Seen to Repeat Itself Endlessly; And blessed are the meek. (give me your tired) A Magic Scroll to fend off evil, for the use of those whose roof is the sky. (give me your poor) An endless procession of refugees passes through Europe towards our city … Continue reading Thematically Unhinged.
In 2007, Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend were assaulted in Stubbylee Park, Bacup. The couple had not been acting offensively, nor had they any disagreements with their attackers; but the attack was born of hatred all the same. As Rachel Austin, who plays Sophie in the BBC short film Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, recites: ‘So the blows fly in with that level … Continue reading Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, BBC4, October 11th
“Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.” -Terry Pratchett. Death is a funny thing. I don’t think anybody really believes in it, because it is a truth, and we humans are very good at ignoring those. Lies are our forte. After all, we invented them. Before us, the universe was chaos, as true as … Continue reading WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR (a goodbye for Terry Pratchett).
To make a ‘How to Write’ post would be a little pretentious, so instead I’ll try to write about the ways I put my thoughts to paper (or Word document); 1) Do Other Things. Any aspiring writer will know the feeling of sitting down, determined to enter ‘writing mode’ and focus on nothing but the task of creating. But the human brain doesn’t work that … Continue reading How I Write!
Let’s step outside the box. The Outsider, as a character trope, has existed since before written history. Ancient South American folktales speak of the Coyote figure, a trickster spirit or spiritual guide offering new perspectives. Cross half the world to ancient Scandinavia, and the Viking Sagas tell of the meddler Loki, who, not quite a god, stands outside the pantheon, and yet whose schemes affect … Continue reading The Outsider