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A postcard from writing hell

I am still in recovery. *Peeks out from beneath mountain of blankets* It’s taken me two weeks before I could even talk about it. *Stares at pile of screwed up paper barricading the door* Two weeks ago, I wrote a synopsis for Grind Spark. *Gnaws knuckles to the bone* Now, I’ve seen the warning signs.…

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Grind Spark Earworm #4 – Radiohead

Last week Grind Spark’s earworm gave us Liz Hodson and Josiah Wolf’s god darnit awesome cover of Ain’t No Sunshine. It’s amazing, no two way’s about it. This week we’re moving into Radiohead territory. If I’ve ever had a band obsession they’re probably it (or, at least, the first) – got all their albums, practice…

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World Book Day – Gimme your kids’ books

Ring out the bells and put out the cake, it’s only WORLD BOOK DAY today! *Sirens wail* *Ticker tape floods the streets* *Cat looks up, squints eyes slightly at commotion… returns to ignoring world… because… well… cats* And, madams and sirs, we should make this a fine party because 1. Books are cool 2. Books…

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Shhh… It’s only more free shit

*Shhhh* Don’t you be a-telling nobody, now. This is just between you and me, right? I mean, you and me, like, you and me and the rest of the entire internet, right? The internet is ok. The internet knows how to keep a secret. Just ask Twitter. But other than that, we’re all hush-hush, right?…

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Killing your first draft

It’s not easy. You’ve been working for months, maybe years. And you’ve finally typed THE END in as big a font as you possibly can and made your very own typewriter ‘ding’ noise when you saved it. And it’s done. It’s finished. You’re ready to get published and start your book tour. The police put…

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Grind Spark Earworm #1 – Justice

Everyone’s got at least one playlist, right? There’s the mix-tape you made when you were eight by recording tracks off the tv (for my younger readers, you can find out what a tape is by watching the Antiques Roadshow next time you’re at your Gran’s). There’s the iPod tracks you put together for your first…

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Take a seat in the dust lounge

Welcome to the Dust Lounge. It’s not picky about who can come in. There’s no dress code. There’s no entry fee. It’s somewhere I like to hang out. And write. And chat. And eat. And drink. I’ll be sharing some of my writing, thoughts on writing, mind meanderings into whatever else passes through, and occasional…

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