Your indie book shout outs

First things first – you lot are bloody lovely you are. It’s true. Since my last post where I shared the news about venturing into the lands of self publishing, I’ve had so many kind messages offering support, advice and general all round fuzziness it nearly made me emoticon everywhere. It means a lot to hear from you. In order to avoid criminal emoticonage, I hereby present to you this video to express my fuzzy gratitude.   Since then, things have been steadily progressing (my face mostly looking like one big question mark during the whole process) but Double Vision…

Stepping into self-publishing

This is it, guys. This is me, checking out my New Year’s resolution-y things and getting some plans in place. And it’s time to get some wordy goodness out there in bookish form, which you’ll hopefully enjoy and share and generally have a damn good time with. It’s scary, stepping into self-publishing. Stepping in. Stepping out. Tripping on my shoelaces and teetering at the top of the stairs. *flails arms* But it’s damn exciting too, right? It’s a big learning curve – looking at formatting, design, marketing – all those things that eat into the actual writing hours that are…

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…

This heinous hiatus is nearly over…

Ok. You got me. I put my hands up. There has been an overly long break between blog posts and this is something that should not be allowed to pass. *Shelters behind the Beast against volleys of rotten fruit* Suffice to say, general life, work and an impending house move (got a good feeling that this one might actually happen) rather disrupted the steady flow of writing wordage. All of these are good things, just things that have kept me preoccupied, and finding the time to hole up in my writerly spot and wear through my fingertips until my bones…

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…

Goddamn my writerly Achille’s heels

What do you do when you’ve finished writing something like a novel, eh? Well, I mean, after the obvious bit where you get pissed on whisky and give your mum a lap dance. … what… … is that just me…? Well, whatever, we’ve all got our own parties to get on down to. (I saw you with that fluorescent orangutan. Don’t tell me you didn’t. Facebook says you did.) Anyway. After the party, what happens then? Well, the streamers get cleaned up, the balloons deflate and whither like used condoms in the corners of the room, and the left over…

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…

Grind Spark Earworm #13 – Moloko

Woah, it’s only come around to that Grind Spark playlist time again. There’s been less posts recently due to my head being buried in a couple of new WIPs and running through final edits on Grind Spark – don’t worry though, there’s wordage being stored up to shortly be spewed into bloggity format for your eyeball delectation. Last week we went on a little trip off piste to check out DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s Turn Down for What. I trust you all played it appropriately loud. This week I’m picking probably the lightest song from the playlist. Well, when…

Grind Spark Earworm #12 – DJ Snake and Lil Jon

Is it Grind Spark playlist time again? I think it might just be. Last time we went for rage and dancing with The Prodigy. This week we’re doing something different. This week we’ve got a BRAND SPANKING NEW addition to the playlist. Not spanking like paddles and chains and red lights. More spanking like Julia Childs with a nice piece of tripe. And the new addition was suggested by Gabriel Novo (find him on Twitter as @GabrielNovo). He’s a pretty darn cool dude, who seems to have got things pretty much right when he suggested my musical tastes seemed to…