Creative Input: Turning up the heat

It’s holiday season – time for ice cream and deck chairs and the aromatic burn of barbecues. It’s time for mosquito bites and criss-crossed tan lines. It’s time for my legs to shine bright like matchstick beacons during the one week of the year they’re let out from their shroud of denim. And this year, for the first time in five years, I partook of an actual holiday. A holiday in the sun. A break from the pressure and the strains of everyday life. And I went italianing. It was hot. And it was the best of holidays. Good friends,…

Creative Input: the weird and the blues

First up – there’s still time to enter my giveaway to win a signed print copy of Double Vision. You’ve got ‘til Monday 2nd May at 5pm BST and all you’ve gotta do is follow me on Twitter and retweet the below tweet. Win a signed copy of DOUBLE VISION. Out 30th April. Follow and RT to win. #DoubleVision pic.twitter.com/COFg2Q5QAG — Tamara Rogers 🎃👻🍁 (@tamrogers) April 29, 2016 Easy, right? But right now it’s time for some creative input. I feel like I’ve been talking a lot about me recently (apologies) so time for a refreshing break into cool stuff…

Creative Input: The reading, watching, listening files

It has a name, it has a name! *Flails arms, watches lightning crackle down the tower, smells hair burning* And it is called CREATIVE INPUT. Creative input to expand your horizons and fill your brain with ideas and inspiration. Creative input to perhaps try something new, something you might not have picked up before. Creative input that hopefully you’ll love and share with someone else, and they’ll love it too and pass it on, and it will be like some sort of brilliant, magical plague made of words or sounds or pictures. Because everybody needs a magical plague in their…

Reading, watching, listening

Last time in Sharing is Good, I talked about the joys of Chuck Wendig, The Bridge and the brilliant David Bowie. I also got to hear a bit about The Man in the High Castle, a tip from Brum Radio Book Show over on Twitter, a series that’s going straight on my watch list. And in this latest instalment of reading, watching, listening, here’s the creative crack that’s been going down. Reading: Did I mention that I pretty much devoured The Death House by Sarah Pinborough? It made me cry. And it wasn’t pretty crying. It was all red eyes…

Sharing is good

This year, I’ve signed up to the Goodreads reading challenge. That is to say, I’ve marked down in digital pixels a number of books that I’m hoping to read during the course of the year. I’ve signed up to read 25 books. I’ve not said what books. I’ve not said how long the books should be. I’ve not picked genre, author or title. Just a pledge to read that many books. And I hope to read more than that. Not because I want to ‘win’ the challenge, but because reading is goddamn cool. Because it’s not about quality, but about…

What’s that bleedin’ racket?

Erm… Sorry… That’s me… Me and my harmonica… AKA Tam is making a noise that sounds something like what happens when a crow takes up the bagpipes and starts a punk rock band with a group of asthmatic cats. Well, maybe not quite that good. And if you ask the Beast, then definitely not that good. As soon as I pick up my trusty harmonica she dives across the room in the general direction of my face, claws outstretched and digging into any available flesh that comes to hand. I’m not sure that she’s a fan. But I’m goddamn giving…

Grind Spark – the complete earworm sessions

It’s time to close the book on Grind Spark. Not completely, there’s still tweaks and edits afoot. But times are a-changing and new WIPs (Work in Progress, Walrus in Pants, Wet Insidious Pulses… whatever takes your fancy) with whole new earworms are calling. So it’s time to wrap up the Grind Spark playlist. I present to you here, in one place, for your most decadent earjoy, the majority of songs that I listened to while fighting words and wrestling keyboards, and also while writing Grind Spark. Genesis by Justice Utopia by Jackson and His Computerband Ain’t no sunshine by Liz…

Grind Spark Earworm #15 – John Murphy

It’s Grind Spark earworm time everybody, and this week we’re sort of staying with the soundtrack theme. Last time we listened to the hauntingly beautiful Hungry Face by Mogwai, featured on the TV series Les Revenants. This time we’re listening to a song that still sends shivers up my spine. A song that spreads out across an empty city, while a lone man looks at empty roads and wonders what’s happened. A song that sets music to zombies, with a backdrop of cruel humanity. Not that there are zombies in Grind Spark. But if I was all alone at the…

Grind Spark Earworm #14 – Mogwai

HAPPY SUNDAY, GUYS! HAPPY FIRST DAY OF JUNE! Wha’? IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF JUNE, MAN! Are you smoking that shit you bought off the purple crocodile living at the bottom of the garden again? ERM… NO… Right… THAT WAS THE SEASONING FOR LAST NIGHT’S PIZZA. *Rolls over, digs in under the blankets* BUT IT REALLY IS JUNE. Which it is, as I gulp down mugs of coffee and wonder what’s happened with the rest of the year – perhaps that pizza knocked me out for months and now it’s Summer (only wet and quite cold). So now it’s time…