Where is all the writerly wisdom?

Well, Easter’s been a darn fine time. There’s been chocolate, there’s been tea cakes, and the cat has been in a spectacularly epic bad mood which culminated in savaging the mother in law (but at least it didn’t require a trip to the Emergency Room… let’s not talk about the last time that happened…) And, what’s more, there’s been extra days off from the daily grind, like the weekend just decided that enough was finally enough and went on a bender with Friday and Monday, only to be discovered a few days later handcuffed to a lamppost and talking to…

Grind Spark Earworm #9 – Radiohead

Last week the Grind Spark playlist took us somewhere dark and unsettling from the ’70s – the years when Ball Buster seemed like a good idea at the time. And the music was from the genius mind of UNKLE – go and disturb yourself now. So right now I imagine you’re soaking up the daytime beer with a steaming hot roast, and the kids are eyeing the Easter egg boxes on the shelf but they don’t know that you ate three of them last night so they’re just going to have to share what’s left… they won’t notice that the…

Easter eggs, buns or eternal damnation – the choice is yours

This week we’re getting into the gritty stuff. There’s decisions to be made and they need making now… RIGHT NOW… or the Easter rabbit will claw up your skirts and chew on your flesh with its stinking, foam-flecked teeth. And once the sweet, fluffy bunny is finished with you, then the chicks on your gran’s prized bonnet will peck at your eyes and bathe in the lumpy juices that flow down your face. They will forever plague you ’til you beg for forgiveness and drown your sins in unholy bottles of diet fizz, delivered straight from the bowels of hell…

Grind Spark Earworm #8 – UNKLE

Last week the Grind Spark earworm took us to the epic soundscapes of Sigur Ros – listen to it and get lost in mountains here. This week, well, this week it’s time for something completely different. It’s time for something that I didn’t even realise came from an advert before I searched YouTube for a clip of the song. It’s time for something that probably seemed like a good idea at the time (well, it was the 1970s). This week, we’re listening to UNKLE‘s Getting ahead in the lucrative field of artist management. Which also happens to belong to the…

Grind Spark Earworm #7 – Sigur Ros

Last week we took a break from the Grind Spark playlist to hear the sounds that whip your creative muse into action. Thought of some more? Then get yerself over there and add em in. But now we’re back, spiralling down into the dirty ribcage of the Grind Spark earworm. And this week it’s gone a bit epic. This week we’re taking in vast sounds and sucking up the power of nature. And it’s piping direct into our brain tubes, and there’s no escape. And it’s so much bigger than us. And the mountain doesn’t care if you’re beneath it…

Feed me horror, fiends

So, I finished a pretty darn big project last week. I mean finished it. I mean edited it right through to the end, and now, I think, most of the words are in nearly the right order. Or as much in the right order as they’re going to get for now. *Insert balloons, wine, general mirth and merriment here* And so, I’m already heading into the new, unknown territory of a story that’s been needling at the edges of my brain for quite some time. But I’ll tell you more about that later. Now I’m looking to feed my brain…

Grind Spark Earworm #6 – Boards of Canada

How’s the Sunday roast going today? Chicken? Pork? Bean-based baked snack? Well there’s more Grind Spark earworm to help you through the over-cooked broccoli and the burnt potatoes. Last week we were up in the fields with Aphex Twin’s Avril 14th. Listen to it now or forever lose the secret ballerina within your soul. And you shouldn’t lose the ballerina. Too many are lost to the wind already. This week we’re meeting up with the masters of the underhand marketing tactics. They released their album in the middle of the Nevada desert. They left clues as to the location on…

A moving experience

It’s been a weird week. It’s been packing and unpacking and cleaning and recleaning. It’s been shouting with letting agents and smooching with them. I’ve been stressed as a nervous hamster wired on coffee. But I think I’m coming out the end of it now and thank fuck for that. They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things to do. Bar marriage. Bar divorce. Bar adopting a feral albino skunk. This was the eleventh move in as many years. A move where it turned out I didn’t move. It turned out I just packed everything into…

Grind Spark Earworm #5 – Aphex Twin

It’s that time again. Time for the Sunday roast and your weekly hit from the Grind Spark playlist. The next Grind Spark earworm. The EARWORM OF THE WEEK. Somehow, that sounds like something we should get checked out at the doctors. Anyway. Back to business. Last week, it was all about Radiohead, which I’m sure by now you’ve heard but if not then get your crazy dancing ready and listen to it now. And now take your dancing shoes off. Take them off, leave them by the door. Unless you’re a plastic ballerina. Because this song goes with the music…