Jeff Noon, British cult novelist, playwright and one of a small but very recognisable group of contemporary writers of weird, or new weird fiction, was in the Forbidden Planet London … Continue reading Jeff Noon and the really weird
“Heinous fuckery” is not my description, I say with great regret. It belongs to @ChuckWendig, who is wondering how to keep writing while being in the middle of it. He’s … Continue reading Writing in a time of heinous fuckery®
Francis Spufford’s review of This Census Taker in The Guardian, heads the “stoic bleakness” in the novel with a choice of author photograph designed to bring out the same qualities. The familiar image … Continue reading The Naked Author 1: This Census Taker
I feel an attack of slottishness coming on. Slottishness is when the book you’re submitting is the wrong genre for the current climate. You’ve learned, painfully resuscitating the trampled … Continue reading Urban Fantasy is dead – What?
‘ Well, maybe not “real” in the usual sense. Re-reading one of my fanfics it is a heady brew of reverent but extreme use of Joss Whedon’s wall-to-wall fan catnip, Buffy … Continue reading Fanfic is Real, OK?
Writers are well known for making things up. Neil Gaiman is known to over two million Twitter followers as someone who will eventually grow up and get a real job. … Continue reading Are writers the worst liars?
The unstoppable force in agenting known as Juliet Mushens tweeted on the last day of Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014 Please can I live here. … Continue reading Living in Nine Worlds
http://uploads4.wikiart.org/images/katsushika-hokusai/ningyo.jpg The sun’s come out and you may have something better to do than burble around with me on this one. It was a very interesting Twitter with Amy Boggs … Continue reading UF or Hokusai’s Manga
Credit: BBC/Steve Brown In Handing Over the Sonic Screwdriver I wrote: Nine-hundred odd years of knocking around the universe, you’ve got to see in the Doctor’s eyes when it’s just … Continue reading No More Puppies in Who
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2013/12/09/lifestyle/otaku-culture-gets-under-the-skin/#.U11GQCgnwVR The last time I spoke to a Japanese tattooist working outside Tokyo he said inking was still connected – not for the customers but for some of the neighbouring shops … Continue reading Otaku tattoo yo
Where do you get your ideas? And I was embarrassed, because I didn’t want to say they just turn up when I start writing, to someone who has spent years … Continue reading So, my hairdresser said …
Still putting my writing through trueness to SFF. Memo to self, of all fake genres, using bits of SFF to sex up a straight-down-the-genre-line romance, crime thriller, action, etc is … Continue reading Not true dat?