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Make Good Art

POSTED ON May 25th, 2012  - POSTED IN Writing

Life has been unpredictable the last few months and if I’m honest, it’s still not all settled down. Which probably means that projects I’m currently working on probably haven’t sunk in yet. Somewhere along the line I realised I was a much better writer than I gave myself credit for. Still far from perfect with so much to learn, but I kinda looked at my absence of a career and saw only possibilities instead of brick walls. And like a wall that crumbles as roots attack its foundations, I’m starting to see the seedlings sprouting in the mortar.

My reading is all over the place, my new novel really hasn’t progressed anywhere near as much as I would have liked, but I’m writing exciting things that I think are pretty good. It’s chaos, but in a good, exciting way.

So because I’m busy, I’ll leave you with this very inspiring video of Neil Gaiman addressing a group of recently graduated arts students. “Make good art,” he instructs them and I’m trying to do the same.


POSTED ON May 22nd, 2012  - POSTED IN Writing

Sometimes, you don’t update your blog because you have nothing to say, or more accurately, the time to say it. Moving was expensive and coupled with a few big bills, it’s meant that you’ve bunkered down and shut yourself away. Sometimes it means you’ve decided that since playing World of Warcraft costs under a tenner a month, now would be a good time to focus efforts on the time sink that is getting your bank alt’s guild bank clear of old stock, making a bit of gold in the process.

Sometimes, you’re busy with writing. You’re playing around with a new novel trying to get the voice and tone just right. You’re sending it to friends and asking what they think. Or maybe, sometimes, you’ve got an exciting secret project in the works you can’t talk about. You’ve just knuckled down to get work done rather than blog about the adventures and challenges you face.

Sometimes ‘real life’ work gets busy. You’re still enjoying it and have great work colleagues but there’s a lot of work to do and you’re getting on with it. Sometimes life isn’t interesting, but a lot of stuff is getting done. And whilst not everything is great, not everything is bad either.

So you don’t have time to think or even write interesting blog posts, even though you have a list of topics and promised yourself you would blog regularly.

And sometimes you look and think “wow, was it really 2 weeks since my last post?”

New Story Acceptance

POSTED ON May 8th, 2012  - POSTED IN Featured, Writing

I’m happy to announce that my short story, Jetsam, has been accepted by Dark Fiction Magazine for a future issue. They’ve audio-fied a number of great stories in the past so I’m honoured that Jetsam will be joining the ranks. I’m genuinely excited about an audio version of Jetsam and can’t wait to hear what they do with it.

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the past issues.

The World Of Harry Potter Attraction

POSTED ON May 2nd, 2012  - POSTED IN Travel

As everyone gets older it can get more and more difficult to find xmas presents for people. The family decided to do arts and crafts a few years back and that’s been a lot of fun. But for people like my brother and parents, finding presents has been a bit of a pain.

When stuck for something I usually go with the “day out” choice. It gives them a memorable day and something to look forward to. A few years back I got my brother an Aston Martin experience and he had a lot of fun.

So when I heard that they were doing a Harry Potter studio tour, I thought it would be a great idea for a present. My brother and father had made it a tradition to take my father to see the movies since the books made him start reading, so it seemed a good fit.