actually I’m not at all sorry

That thing I wrote yesterday morning? Well it clearly unblocked something inside me, I went on to work on my drafting of a short story that I’ve been reworking from a couple of years ago; and then yesterday evening after we decided it was too cold to go to the cinema – I did around 2000 words of a new story that had been percolating for a while.

This is what prompts are supposed to be about for me – getting those juices flowing, whether directly connected to the prompt or not.

oh dear. I’m sorry…

I do apologise for the story below, all I can say in mitigation is that Chuck made me do it. This took about an hour to write and you can probably tell right?

This story is basically Thomas the Tank Engine meets Die Hard

“Why me?” It was the perennial question Bruce Topham would ask himself as he found himself charged with another impossible job to save the world, or at least a medium sized city from yet another lone terrorist madman with a dodgy accent.

He sighed and banked the electric hang-glider following the curve of the railway a few hundred feet below. Continue reading

A rose by any other name

Originally posted on Clerkenwell Writers Asylum:

The Clerkenwell Writer’s Asylum inaugural writing prompt challenge!

At our first regular meeting of 2015 last night, the idea of using writing prompts to help encourage those of us who need an extra push to get writing, or just like prompts was raised.

I decided to take the initiative and launch our first but hopefully not last such challenge.

For those that haven’t used them before – here is a great tumblr which explains them and provides some good ones.

You could use the prompts to inspire a story for the CWA Blog or one you want to take further… If you participate in the challenge it doesn’t mean you have to bring the story to a meeting, just share them via email.  It would be great if someone else wanted to provide prompts for the next challenge in February if this takes off as an idea.

January Challenge…

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my review of the year

A brief post, which as this is a blog and as the role of blogs is to be solipsistic – it’s a review of my writing this year.

On the plus side:

  • I have read more books on creative writing, and hopefully taken some of their lessons on board.
  • I have written more, whether as a result of prompts (thank you Chuck Wendig) or just random early morning writing practice. Or as a result of;
  • I’ve started going to the Clerkenwell Writer’s Asylum. A great, really useful group of very talented and thoughtful amateurs that has been going for quite some time.

On the negative side:

  • I have failed to meet any of the challenges I set to push myself (350 words per day, a bit of writing every morning etc etc)
  • I have failed to submit much creative work for publication
  • I have failed to find a comfortable balance between creative and non-fiction writing
  • I have failed to complete the majority of things I’ve started.

On the whole I think there are more pluses than negatives (well obviously not numerically, but the pluses weigh more), but for 2015 I really want to set a few achievable writing goals that I can judge myself against at the end of the year.

These are as follows:

  • Finish (including drafting and redrafting) at least 6 longish short stories.
  • Submit at least 3 short stories for publication with different outlets.
  • Be more disciplined about creative writing – RITE MOAR!!!

Lastly – if you’re reading this – good luck to you in 2015!

orange juice sharks and cucumber shotguns

As ever inspired by Chuck’s prompt here – using these photos from here.

Obviously I got #16

Not totally happy with this one which took about an hour, spread over two days…

Orange Juice Sharks and Cucumber Shotguns

Daniel was shouting from the kitchen again. “Daddy my orange juice tried to bite me.” His shrill high voice could grate when it was early morning and Sam hadn’t had much sleep the night before.

He returned to the kitchen, shaving foam still covering his throat and spilling down the front of his t-shirt. Continue reading

emails not dead

I love email newsletters…

Not including work related ones, I get Warren Ellis’s Orbital Operations which is still going strong… And a few others such as from, AngryRobot and similar from various businesses.

Quite a few i signed up to a while back have long since fallen by the wayside.

But really, hands up if you regularly check your wordpress update emails if not actively participating in a conversation? Yep thought so, hardly anyone.

An email newsletter on the other hand, feels quite cosy and comforting. I may not always read every single issue of Dan Hon’s email, but I do read at least half of them. Nearly all newsletters I read on my phone, whereas blogs, especially fiction or creative ones feel better on a bigger screen.

With all this in mind I’ve decided to have a got at an irregular email newsletter for people interested in my fiction writing and half formed thoughts. It will have some content from here, but also stories unique to the email.

Let’s see how long it lasts…

If you’re odd you can sign up here – tinyletter