beat my guest – adam and the ants

My first novel, ‘1919’, which I wrote in 2007/8, deals with the experience of a female-dominant relationship from the perspective of the male narrator. I suppose, looking back from five years after I began it, it’s easy to see where it came from, what was coming to the boil in my skull at that time. […]

Read More beat my guest – adam and the ants

f-oldin’ money – the fall

Got up at about 08:30 and wrung out another thirty-four-and-a-half hundred words of ‘Dystopian’, taking my total for the month up to forty-seven-and-a-half thousand. So far, I’ve added in three of the cut-ins I’d planned with two more to go. I guess tomorrow should see me completing it. And what a long, strange trip it’s […]

Read More f-oldin’ money – the fall

money – pink floyd

I’ve mentioned NaNoWriMo before, but in March of this year I decided to see if I had the discipline to write a novel without the support safety-net – before I got too used to it and reliant upon it. Part of the writing process, for me, is the constant search for new ways to do […]

Read More money – pink floyd

the crusher – the cramps

I’m writing this at work. darkness has fallen, all the lord’s critters are tucked up in bed, leaving your humble narrator listening to John Zorn’s Electric Masada and figuring out where to shoehorn in that extra scene to ‘Dystopian’. It’s an idea I’d had a couple of weeks back, one of those ideas you know […]

Read More the crusher – the cramps

108 – head of david

National Novel Writing Month ( takes place every November and I really can’t recommend it highly enough. NaNoWriMo (as well as camp NaNoWriMo, now held in June and August) give one the opportunity – and encouragement – to attack a novel, to squeeze out a first draft in a month. After a life spent waiting […]

Read More 108 – head of david

isolation – joy division

Another thirty-seven hundred words and that’s me cracked forty thousand words with one chapter (about two A4 pages) left of my outline to go. From my present perspective, I can’t see that amounting to more than six thousand words, so on tonight’s sleepover, I’m going back through that outline to see if (and where) I […]

Read More isolation – joy division

bring the noise – public enemy

A day off work! I’ve already, in less than three weeks, got used to these being a luxury. Anyway, I slept in until nine this morning, got up and wired straight into ‘dystopian’. There’s still a slight worry that I ll run out of plot before I hit fifty thousand words, but I think I […]

Read More bring the noise – public enemy

kill! – alberto y los trios paranoias

Up at four and another nineteen hundred words of ‘dystopian’ before work. I had a feeling this wouldn’t be a ‘three thousand day’, after my taking a couple of days off to do Saturday’s gig and generally rnr-ing in Edinburgh. and by ‘rnr’, I mean ‘compering, performing and finishing off the cut-ins for the dvd’. […]

Read More kill! – alberto y los trios paranoias

can’t stand my baby – the rezillos

I’ve just written an e-maul to a friend living abroad, detailing the events of this year. Fucking hell, bring it on, Mayans! It’s only now, adding it all up, I can see how antithetical things have actually been. And it’s a testament to my indestructibility that I haven’t gone under during this. If anything, I’ve […]

Read More can’t stand my baby – the rezillos

one chord wonders – the adverts

The Edinburgh gig was last night. It’s far easier to be objective about the other acts I saw than it is to be about my own. The evening was a ‘full moon reunion night’. Loads of us who’d performed at the full moon club back in the day and newer, younger acts who fitted in […]

Read More one chord wonders – the adverts