My story “A Little Blood, A Little Fire” was featured in the June issue of Swords & Sorcery Magazine. I wrote this last summer, while house-sitting for a friend. It was an experimental little play-around with the backstory of Azarelle, the main character from my currently-breathing-a-bit fantasy novel, “Daughter of Wax”. I liked the way […]
I’m excited to be reading at the fantasy takeover of Shoreline of Infinity’s regular sci fi night Event Horizon tomorrow. Last time Eris from A&I hosted an Event Horizon, it was fabulous, so… no pressure. I read out loud all the time for my pupils. In fact, I read the end of Jamila Gavin’s “Coram […]
My SF flash fiction “Pauline and the Bahnians” was a runner-up in the inaugural Shoreline of Infinity flash fiction competition. This tickles me thoroughly, because it’s a light-hearted little scribble, and I’ve been writing such dramatic, grim fantasy for the past few months. I’ll take it as a sign from the universe to lighten up […]
“EVERYONE IS TALKING”, says the front cover of the beautiful ARC of Josiah Bancroft’s “Senlin Ascends”. Not just a wry allusion to the Biblical Tower of Babel, but a statement backed up by myriad Goodreads quotes, from writers and readers alike, all expressing huge enthusiasm for the book. Bancroft self-published “Senlin” in 2013, and put […]
My story ‘Song of the Land’ found a home in BFS: Horizons #5. It’s a little bit of magic realism, or maybe historical fantasy (what do these things mean? No one knows…) set in the English Civil War, and its protagonist is a blacksmith’s daughter, Beatrix Haywood. I originally wrote it as a flash piece […]
I miss reviewing stuff. There was a time – in another life, but spanning several years – where I’d churn out (sorry – lovingly craft) three or four album reviews a week. Hundreds and hundreds of the buggers. Hours and hours, words and words. It’s a mental jigsaw puzzle that goes together in a very […]
I’ve always found place explosively inspirational when it comes to writing. Reading prose and looking at art generate a little zap of imagination each, poetry and music quite a bit more, but actually going somewhere and breathing it in and absorbing all the little details has always worked wonders. A number of characters and settings […]
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