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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edgar allen poe – lou reed

The planning for next month’s NaNo was pretty much finished as of last week. I had a basic outline, scrawled on fag-packets, toilet walls and untattooed body parts, which I’ve been mind-mapping – in reverse order – one scene at a time. This lets me spot and iron out logic bubbles before they creep into […]

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hello there – foetus

I’m feeling a bit stronger although I still can’t push myself too hard without crashing all over again. I get good days and bad days. I’m trying to force myself to sleep eight, nine hours a night, which I’m finding difficult. The main problem is, as soon as my eyes open, my brain kicks in […]

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false grit- half man half biscuit

This blog was originally going to be a warts ‘n’ all writing procedural. Over the last year or so, the process of continuing to exist has meant a lot more focus on politics and the criminal behaviour of our betters, I’ve been looking into the Victorian era of late, an idea I’ve had for April’s […]

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it’s the new thing – the fall

Just one more month to go before the referendum and Project Fear seems to be working, sadly. Otherwise intelligent and reasonable people are suckling the media’s sorry teats, lapping up every word of the propaganda, designed to maintain the status quo. The ‘aye’ camp have economic plans, the nawbags seem to have nothing but hand-wringing, […]

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complete control – the clash

That’s it finished. Another year of NaNo under my belt and another novel first-drafted. I’m so glad it’s over, too. Much as I enjoy the adrenaline, the sheer up-against-it-ness of my month in a parallel universe, I’m looking forward to coming back to earth and catching up on all that sleep, food and personal hygiene […]

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second honeymoon – deaf school

I’m well over forty thousand words now, hurtling downhill, using my face and balls as brakes. This novel’s really coming together now (it’s a plus, when you can see yourself fixing what’s wrong with this draft in the next one, right?) Instead of writing profiles for my characters, this time I downloaded photographs and I’ve […]

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