“I am all the writers that I have read” Etc

“Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.” ― Jorge Luis Borges P.s. This blog has halted over the past month – and remains in stasis for the time being – a (rare) hiatus to navigate some pivotal changes, as Bowie sang about… “turn and face the strange”. Spare time remains scant and snaffled up by … More “I am all the writers that I have read” Etc

The writing’s on the wall: From cave paintings to YouTube Mobile Live

It’s standard practice to show not tell in fiction -to sharpen your writing and, more significantly, shrink the gulf between reader and story. Your character does or says something, however brief -perhaps he/she whispers, gulps, blinks. This cuts boring words and, more usefully, shortcuts you to speech, sounds and actions that signal something human to … More The writing’s on the wall: From cave paintings to YouTube Mobile Live

You want to (re)read “1984”? Read “WE” – Orwell says so…

We is a cultish science fiction classic from an obscure Russian author, Zamyatin. It’s a sparse read, it plods, and it has -fittingly- few flurries of memorable phrasing… “I smiled, looking into the pupils of her eyes. I followed first one eye and then the other, and in each of them I saw myself, a … More You want to (re)read “1984”? Read “WE” – Orwell says so…

Pre-empting the Post-Fact Age, one final time

Tomorrow’s Presidential Inauguration is, perhaps, a fitting fanfare for the Post-Fact age. For in a world awash with fake news here is one, ironic, certainty: tomorrow will not be a false dawn. The show must go on… Still it is worth noting that the 24-7 prevalence of faux news* has occasional clouds with silver linings. In one … More Pre-empting the Post-Fact Age, one final time

9 minutes of fiction (plus 80 hours of goodwill)

Here’s a 9-minute reading, and/or read, courtesy of The MacGuffin platform. This is an easy to use, free to use resource for writers and/or readers (and listeners). The platform has ample tales to read or hear being read (I’ve heard multiple decent recordings and only stumbled upon a handful of old, hissy, rough audio clips … More 9 minutes of fiction (plus 80 hours of goodwill)

The 12 Facts of Christmas | #12. The Tweet

As the final taster from the book*, here’s the world’s greatest ever tweet… that is, according to ‘The Donald’ -as told to ‘The Ghost’ who eagerly transcribed it, verbatim, all 140 characters, for the record: Misogyny? Who’s she? Not seen her sex tape. Low ratings. Like crooked Hillary. Hey trolls, it’s called ‘free speech’. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain … More The 12 Facts of Christmas | #12. The Tweet