“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

The 12 Facts of Christmas | #11. The Earth

With the holiday, and for some holy, season looming a lot of thoughts turn to perennial classics like ‘peace on Earth’. Perhaps even ‘The Donald’ might like that one – though it still seems many lifetimes away… Meantime, ‘The Donald’ does some of the ground work for the world, by setting so many facts straight … More The 12 Facts of Christmas | #11. The Earth

The 12 Facts of Christmas | #10. The Hill

Hmm, another tough news day for the President-Elect. Maybe today’s headlines will build enough to jeopardise the journey to the White House. Then again, maybe he doesn’t really want to visit D.C. anytime soon, never mind the The Hill. Take for example this excerpt from the book*, as told by ‘The Donald’ to ‘The Ghost’: … America … More The 12 Facts of Christmas | #10. The Hill

The 12 Facts of Christmas | #9. The Gays

In the post-fact age, differentiating between things is blurry at best… it’s all too easy to get mixed up, to miscommunicate a message, to misplace a word -even just a letter. As ‘The Donald’ says in the book* there’s not much difference between a ‘fact’ and a ‘fart’. Hence today’s, very short, excerpt: …I love … More The 12 Facts of Christmas | #9. The Gays