2019 Calendar – free download

Here's a post and resource shamelessly stolen from my wife's blog 'RagtagMagpie' where she looks at a variety of art, crafts as well as showcasing some of the things she has been working on...including this - a calendar using some of the iconography from my site. If you're looking for a quick calendar reference and... Continue Reading →

Movie Reviews: A Sunday Quiz

Everyone gets bad reviews. It's a given. (Except for me of course, Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing still riding on all 5 star reviews on Amazon...but hey, I'm not one to gratuitously plug my books...) But apparently not. Even the classics don't appeal to everyone: and boy, can it spark a spirited... Continue Reading →

William Goldman

In a week that's already seen one of modern history's greatest storytellers pass, in Stan Lee, another equally legendary writer in his own respective field left us today. William Goldman was, and likely always will be, my favourite screen-writer of all time. His influence on me through his films was immense: from an early age... Continue Reading →

Talk Radio Part 2: The Broadcast

Earlier this week I wrote about my upcoming appearance on Stratford Words - a weekly show ran and hosted by Nick Le Mesurier on Welcombe Radio: a community internet station based in, well, duh, Stratford-Upon-Avon. That's right - Stratford; home of Shakespeare and all that good stuff. And check me out - I did a... Continue Reading →

Where have you been all this time? Editing a long-sort-of-lost novel

I've published two collections of short stories (did I ever mention Basement Tales and You Could Make a Killing?) to test the waters in self-publishing, Kindle and so forth but these have been, in a sense, warm ups before I start publishing novels. I have a number of novels in various stage - one fully... Continue Reading →

Facts and Figures about the state of Publishing: Part 1

This is a bit of a random pot of ten statistics regarding the state of publishing today taken from the recent IBIS World report with very, very limited thoughts attached. There's little in the way of rhyme or reason to the structure of this post, but hopefully you'll find some tidbits of interest in it.... Continue Reading →

Grief: Nick Cave’s Open Letter

A more serious subject today than some of my posts. Nick Cave is a writer I like to listen to when I'm writing. I think he's one of the most talented writers around: not music, not fiction, not scripts specific; one of the best around regardless of genre or style. Over the last weekend an... Continue Reading →

Clive Barker and a story for Bonfire Night

The Forbidden - Clive Barker It seems to me there are a million and one short stories in the horror/ fantasy genre written around Halloween. I've written a few myself - including a couple for my young nephews just last week...(but that's a whole other story about 'acting like an adult' and 'why did you... Continue Reading →

Talk Radio Part 1

This afternoon, Sunday 4th November at 4pm UK time, I'm going to try something different: I'll be appearing on an internet radio show entitled Stratford Words¬†: (http://www.welcomberadio.co.uk) I've never done a radio show about writing in general, or my writing in particular. It's going to be a one hour interview with the show's host,¬† Nick... Continue Reading →

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