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NaNoWriMo and my part in its downfall

Today is Monday November 9, which means I have for the past week been one of the half-million writers who have signed up to write a 50,000 word novel this November. For those not in the know (lucky you!), the lunatic endeavour of National Novel Writing Month takes place every […]

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“On Another Plane” – SF story published

Published by AudioArcadia October 2015 I’m excited. Very excited. Superlatively excited. Not that you would notice. What immensely significant event has occurred, you ask? Only that my SF short story “Calypso Solo” has just been published by AudioArcadia in their anthology On Another Plane, edited by the wonderful Lindsay Fairgrieve. […]

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Surviving BristolCon

BristolCon, the annual SF and fantasy convention for the south-west, has warped through and swept me up in its wake. Off I tottered last Saturday (just on a single crutch, getting bolder now) to the Bristol Doubletree Hotel, transformed for the day into a galaxy far, far away. Rubbing shoulders […]

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Red Riding Hood

This very very short flash story – indeed at 100 words it qualifies as a Drabble – was the first story I was paid for. It’s a contemporary take on the classic tale, with a twist ending. Click to go to EveryDayFiction To follow my blog posts, click on the […]

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SF Success

It’s taken a while, but I’m very happy that I’m about to be published in the UK – in a book! – for the first time in the science-fiction genre. My short SF story “Two’s Company”, retitled as “Calypso Solo”, has recently won a competition run by publishers Arcadia. Alongside […]

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My news spring 2015

It’s been a busy couple of months. Last week I sent off the final assignment of my Open University A215 creative writing course, ‘The Bath Curse’ a Romano-British historical fiction story which I hope will get me a good pass. The week before I was kept inspired and frantically writing […]