shockwork – test dept

I realise I haven’t written anything about writing for a while. Last November, my health collapsed – right in the middle of NaNoWriMo – and I ended up taking five weeks off work, as well as really struggling to finish the book I was working on. Since then, my health has been intermittent, to say […]

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a little rain – tom waits

After last month’s read through of ‘Person Hair’ on my tablet (thank you Calibre!) I’ve been able to get started on editing it. Again, I’m using Aldiko on my tablet and forcing in notes where I need to make changes, anything from a wrNog word to an entire section that needs gutted and rewritten from […]

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aztec calendar – mick farren

And it came to pass that I got my goddamn mojo back and there was great jubilation and wild rejoicing – on the inside of my head if nowhere else. Last Monday, I finally had the stamina to sit down and nuke ‘Ladies and gentleman’. It took me two full days, but that’s it finished […]

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someone like you – adele

I don’t know about you, but with the government’s new anti porn law, I’ve completely forgotten that the economy’s arsed and sexual abuse of children has been endemic throughout our entire system for decades. So now, in a dazzling and inspired celebration of world AIDS day, our beloved coalition government have decided to put a […]

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in the greylight – virgin prunes

I contacted a couple of artists last night about covers for ‘1919’, ‘the C-word’ and ‘person-hair’. Then, to stop myself being bored, I exported the whole of ‘dreich NOiR’ from WordPress and started ripping out all the extraneous characters. I also watched ‘benefits street’ on 4OD, since people were still arguing about it on Twitter […]

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don’t look back in anger – oasis

My Owner and Goddess is going over ‘1919 (outside)’, so it’s starting to look as if it’ll be out there where people can touch it, in the next month or two. It’s been a long enough wait. The original plan was to have it out by the end of 2012, but reality was waiting to […]

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time we left this world today – hawkwind

I seem to be pishing ideas at the moment, haemorraging bookseeds like a knifed and shrieking sow. A conversation with #2 son yesterday that began with us agreeing that space aliens will never show up on our planet with their hyper-evolved technology soon moved into an un-twentieth century where scientific advances had shot ahead of […]

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hip priest – the fall

It’s been a week-and-a-half since I finished ‘person-hair’. Spent the time catching up at work, chilling and, most importantly, catching up on my reading. I also notice I’ve neglected my journal for the last month or so. Double-plus ungood. So I’ve kick-started that again these last couple of days. I need to write every day, […]

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twenty-four hours – world of skin

Less than twenty-four since I finished ‘person-hair’ and the ideas are coming thick and fast, like a porn-film plumber. It’s starting to look like there’ll be a third ‘dreich NOiR’ novel, mibby even a fourth. I feel like I’m churning, ideas exploding out of me like a collapsing star. Of course, this is the easy […]

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stop or I’ll scream – mute drivers

Wow, that’s another one done. ‘Person-hair’ is finished (well, the first draft is!) and I’m having a well-deserved breather. And, by ‘well-deserved breather’, I mean heading into work for what’ll no doubt be a really heavy week. It’s always a bit of an anti-climax, finishing a novel. I’ve been living and breathing the alternate edinburgh, […]

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