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The Key to Writing: Take Your Time


Originally posted on Tammie Painter:
In a couple weeks the mad frenzy known as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) will begin. During this month, during these 30 short days, writers are encouraged to write a novel. All I have to say is please don’t. Now before you start throwing tirades at me saying NaNoWriMo is…

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How times have changed…


When I was a child, I was always very excited to hear the sound of a handbell, and the cry ‘Rag and Bone! Rag and Bone!’ – I would dash out to the street to pet the Rag and Bone man’s horse, Dolly. For those of you too young to remember, this is what I’m […]

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Ian Weir: Rude surprises


Interesting blog by Ian Weir about the differences between writing a screenplay and writing a novel:

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Yeah, that’s what I meant to write


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Why I’m supporting The Ethical Hedonist


Two reasons – the first reason being that Alison Jane Reid (formerly of ‘The Times’ and ‘The Lady’) did a fabulous online three-part video interview with one of my favourite actors, John Simm, last year (you can view it here) and she is now about to publish a new, in-depth profile interview with John in the […]

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‘What if…?’ From death comes life (and a story)


I’ve been writing ‘The Methuselah Gene’ (previous working titles have included ‘All Our Yesterdays’, ‘All Our Tomorrows’ and -very briefly- ‘Time Will Tell’). It evolved from a mind-bending time-spanning love story to a much darker tale of death, kidnap and genetic research I could hardly have imagined when I wrote the very first line back in 2011.

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And finally, we’re here – Publication Day!


Before you wonder if I’ve written at a million miles per hour, it isn’t ‘All Our Tomorrows’ but a collection of short stories I’ve been working at on the side. ‘The Journey and Other Short Stories’  is now available in paperback from Amazon here  – it will also be available in electronic form very soon.    The […]

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who I am, what I did, what I do now


Who I am:  A fifty-something reader, writer and all-round drama and theatre geek. I won’t bore you with the usual ‘I’ve always loved books and in particular science-fiction’ (although it happens to be true)…. long story short (ish): What I did:  In 1980, I founded the official ‘Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ appreciation society, ZZ9 […]