Creative Input: Dystopian Times

I just love a little bit of dystopia. I think I might have an addiction. But it’s a damn good addiction – one, incidentally, that can be enjoyed while eating enough chocolate to make you sick over a bank holiday weekend. Just saying. And here’s how I’m currently drowning myself in dystopia – in the…

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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…

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Long live the beards

So it was my birthday this week. I know, I kept that one quiet – announced with the hushed reverence that goes hand in hand with the celebration of another day more mouldy, another day more rickety. But on the plus side, it involved CAKE, some more CAKE, and BOOKS. Which is always a good…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Grind Spark Earworm #11 – The Prodigy

This week I am finally able to share the news that Grind Spark hit the longlist for the Bath Novel Award – one of only 32 novels out of 649. This is all pretty darn cool and since I heard the news I have celebrated appropriately with wine, beer, chair dancing and shouting HAVE YOU…

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