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Jan
11

Paper or PC?

Do you work on paper or on a computer? This is a question that I get asked surprisingly often, and this time I am answering it for myself, to remind me how to write at my best. The answer is – both… and neither. Both. I used have a pattern in writing where I would write my … Continue reading »

Jan
04

Where do I disappear to? And where’s Jack 2?

Yes, even though I set out a new blogging rule for myself – ‘No rules’ – I still end up going weeks on end without writing a blog post. So where do I bugger off to in between? And why have I barely been on Twitter at all lately? Well, the answer is really very … Continue reading »

May
22

The Sequel (The Torture)

I am happy to announce that I am REALLY excited about the publication of ‘One Seriously Messed-Up Week…’ (11 days to go)! Unfortunately, hand in hand with that excitement, comes an equal amount of excruciating pant-crappings. But not about this book. I have been warned that writing book two can be tricky, and, to be … Continue reading »

May
18

The Big Blog Giveaway!

Welcome to another week of giveaways of ‘OSMUW’, where you have another chance to win a signed copy of my debut novel. We are now at week 3 of giveaways, which means two things: The giveaway home, for this week, is right here at my blog. Only 2 weeks to go until publication day! The excitement … Continue reading »

Apr
25

Is It Just Me…?

When I’m writing stuff I always feel it’s best to get the right balance of ‘Ooh‘s and ‘Me too‘s. ‘Ooh’ s are the parts where the reader feels that they are learning new things about certain types of people (eg. in One Seriously Messed-Up Week a girl might read it and go ‘are some guys … Continue reading »

Apr
20

Woof!

Yes, ‘Woof!’ Why woof? Because, just when I was begining to think the country had been ‘cut’ and bled dry, I got a welcome surprise. When I applied to The Arts Coucil, UK, for their ‘Grants for the Arts’ scheme, I wasn’t really expecting to qualify. More often than not these kinds of applications come … Continue reading »

Apr
09

The Journal: 2

Last time, on The Journal… Knowing there is very little room in the market for an unknown not-very-good writer of mild poo, I devised a clever and cunning plan… The clever and cunning plan was simple – if I was going to stand a chance of writing anything worth reading, I was going to have … Continue reading »

Apr
04

Threes and Firsts

The past few weeks has been all threes and firsts. I saw my first 3 reviews of my book, I did my first 3 interviews in 1 weekend, and I tried Rolo ice lollies for the first time (and ate 3 in 1 day)! Which is all really exciting… and kind of scary (apart from the … Continue reading »

Mar
30

The Journal: 1

2006. After nearly a year of unemployment and making ends meet by selling a couple of paintings and working 1 day a week as an extra on Hollyoaks (stop laughing, we were desperate!) my plans to spend 6 months travelling Australia seemed to be growing increasingly unrealistic. Then, a strange little Swiss film called Max & Co. came … Continue reading »

Mar
22

Other Things Are Ruining my Life!

As my follow-up to a previous post – ‘Nintendo Are Ruining my Life’ I had intended to reveal my awesome cure for all things Distractive, (which I will do anyway), but have found that this cure has been snatched away from me! Twice! Allow me to explain… As I have already said, I pretty much get … Continue reading »

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