Monthly Archives: August 2010


Why We Shouldn’t Worry That My Mother Hates Fantasy

If I could dish out any single piece of advice it would be to never be ashamed about what you like. This week the Speculative Scotsman got a lot of shit because he argued that Fantasy was a bit crap and should be more literary. For the record I disagree with him, and it seemed [...]

August 29th, 2010|Genre|0 Comments

Queen of Sorcery Review

There are pros and cons to audiobooks. On the plus side, they allow me to effectively “read” at work, listening to them on my iPod as I go about various tasks. But on the down side, it’s not possible to flick back a few pages to check whether you misunderstood something (trust me, after falling [...]

August 24th, 2010|Book Reviews, Reading|0 Comments

The Most Boring Of Summers

I'm a sucker for craft. It may be some form of heavily disguised procrastination activity but I love reading about how some of my favourite novels were put together: what changes occurred to the manuscript and what real life incidents inspired them. Because writing isn't disconnected from the real world. Real life bleeds into writing [...]

August 23rd, 2010|Writing|0 Comments

Novel Progress

Things have been pretty quiet this week. Neon Lights & Green Fire is getting some good number of reads (all things considered) but although it could do with a bit of a push, my real focus this week has been the novel. When I was younger, I used to love the actual process of writing, [...]

August 13th, 2010|Writing|0 Comments

New Fiction: Neon Lights & Green Fire

So "Neon Lights & Green Fire" has been added to the website, a tale of elves, goblins, gangsters and fairy princesses set in Las Vegas. Thanks to members of Orbiters for their critiques, and thanks especially to Leigh Barlow for his last minute extra beta reading. As I mentioned before this story is a bit [...]

August 6th, 2010|Free Fiction|0 Comments

My Upcoming Experiment In Short Fiction

So this project is a story in itself. Are you sitting comfortably? Back in September, I wrote a short story I was very proud of. People say you can’t do Elves any more without it being derivative, so I attempted to do something that wasn’t. What I ended up with was something I think is [...]

August 4th, 2010|Free Fiction|0 Comments

Suckerpunch Trailer

This could be brilliant, or it could massively disappoint, but the thing that's got me excited right now is how it seems to be mixing up genres. Is that a World War 2 plane against a dragon? Oh, I so hope so! Let's hope the final film looks as cool as the trailer!

August 3rd, 2010|Movies|0 Comments