Hi everyone, How are you? Today’s post is my review of Irex by Carl Rackman. Thank you to the author and publisher for my copy of the book and of course Dave! Synopsis; In the harsh winter of December 1889, the sailing vessel Irex leaves Scotland bound for Rio de Janeiro. She carries three thousand… Continue reading Irex by Carl Rackman- Book Review!
ACTION: How Britain’s most brutal comic laid the real ’70s bare — Bigmouth.
In the long, hot summer of 1976, Action Comic’s bloody stories warped young minds across Britain. Creator Pat Mills recalls the ‘Sevenpenny Nightmare' ACTION: How Britain’s most brutal comic laid the real ’70s bare — Bigmouth.
Sometimes I get angry about stupid things. Not the usual stuff writers get angry about. You know, “your” instead of “you’re”, adverbs, Oxford commas, (<- there’s one!) and all the other inconsequential nonsense that passes for provocative on Twitter these days. No, these are passing clouds on an otherwise glorious day. I’m talking about STUPID… Continue reading Stupid Things
Voyager – an odyssey in the making!
Voyager, my second novel, was an anomaly, much like the central premise of its story. I’d just written Irex, an intense, brooding and claustrophobic historical mystery; I expected to continue in a similar vein.
Instead, I had a very vivid dream in the summer of 2016 in which I saw the central motif of Voyager’s story – a human hand against a bright light source. This would be the central, arresting image in a series taken by the Voyager spacecraft more than 12 billion miles from Earth.
I found this so compelling, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and began to write a story around it.
Unusually for me, Voyager had a very troubled gestation. I usually have a very strong story idea that carries the writing without losing my thread. This time, I ran into some problems (which you might expect, considering I was writing an entire…
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Writing, Creativity and Pain
Pain Isn't IN The Process....Pain IS The Process Sometimes life is just a minefield. If there is a mastermind behind the cosmos, they have not only superlative time-management and plate-juggling skills, but a wicked and nasty sense of humour. I'm not remotely surprised when I read accounts from antiquity about the belief systems of the… Continue reading Writing, Creativity and Pain