Oberon goes walkabout most evenings for two or three hours. Continue reading Miss Dilly & Co – smells
This recipe uses up all of those unripe green figs that are still clinging on to your tree as autumn approaches.
Across most cooler climates is wise to remove any unripened figs larger than a pea from your tree. This is because when larger fruit are left to overwinter not only will they seldom (if ever) ripen but they are also liable to deter new fruits from forming for the following season.
My latest blog on muses and blockages is up over at Authors Electric Here
Yesterday I was at a dog show. It was an open show for Irish Water Spaniels and it set me thinking about the breed and the part these dogs play in my books.
For those of you that don’t know, an Irish Water Spaniel is quite a rare creature. It looks a little like a poodle, with a brown curly coat. Unlike poodles, however, they have a bare chest and a thin whip like tail, which they wag with great enthusiasm. It is best not be anywhere near striking rage of these because they can really hurt. They also have a silky fringe which covers their eyes. Eyes which can be as melting as chocolate, or as evil as a large puddle of stinking mud.
Even the most loving and devoted of owners admit that these dogs have “character” which is, in the dog world, an euphemism for being bloody…
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Gluten free bread is somewhat better in general terms than the first products that came onto the market some years ago. Or at least that is what I have told myself. Continue reading GF: Tesco Free From Seeded Loaf
Ever since we had Miss Dilly and Betty Poop from the CPL they have had grubby noses.
Walking along the path next to the churchyard overhung by some very large yew trees and happened to glance upward as the sun came out. The boughs are thick with berries, bright red against the deep green needles and a Haiku simply wrote itself by the time I reached home.
Nestling within deepest green.
A toxic beauty
Generally speaking I write a short story (or novel) and once the serious editing begins cut a huge chunk of background info and scene setting from the opening because its only purpose is to tell me what and who I am writing about.
Tomorrow I shall be at Live Age with Misha Herwin, Peter Coleborn, Susan Boulton and Ralph Alcock talking about publishing!
Our panel is at 3pm at the Mitchell Art Centre Broad St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4HG
Whilst away for the weekend at a convention I went out at lunch time to see what GF snacks could be bought at M&S as the hotel had nothing to offer for the wheat-sensitive. Continue reading Thin Value
It is official. I am a now screen writer! YAY!!!!!!
Team comprises Jan Edwards, Debbie Bennett, Sam Stone, Raven Dane, Suzanne Barbieri and David Howe and features the wonderful Damaris Hayman in a reprise of her role of Miss Hawthorne from the Dr Who story The Daemons.
I arrived home from a morning in the office where I was split between my Italian colleagues and my English clients. Three and a half hours of swapping business style and language can really be quit…
Source: Loose Women and Feta Cheese
Our Spooks 6X6 event went very well despite the weather and people braved the storm for a great evening of spooky tales. The lightning and thunder was surprisingly apt!
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Stephanie Hutton: Stephanie has published flash fiction and short stories online and in print, including work in Friday Flash Fiction, Ink in Thirds, Sick Lit Magazine, Spelk and Bacopa Literary Review. She recently won the Writers HQ Competition and is currently shortlisted for the Cardiff Review Short Story Award and longlisted for the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition. Her 6×6 story was called ‘Playmate’.
Peter Coleborn: Peter is a writer of weird and dark fiction with stories published in the UK, USA and EU. He is better known as and editor for the multiple award winning Alchemy Press with over forty titles published since 1999. He has also edited a great many publications for the British…
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One of the oddest things about writing fiction, be that novels or short fiction, is that you never know where it will end up, or how it might return to you – if ever.
Good words from Des Lewis for Threadbare – more reviews from Something Remains on Des’s review page
Des Lewis writing a real time review of Something Remains over at his Gestalt Real Time Review page! Keep up with the reviews story by story – day by day.
Beginning a new piece of writing is always exciting, especially in that dry period that, in my case at least, invariably follows a major project. Continue reading To the Library!
Does JK Rowling do Housework? The thought came to me while I was vacuuming the other day; does J K Rowling do housework? She must have done at one stage, before she became mega-famous and super-rich. A state of life many of us writers can only dream about. Years ago, to be a full time […]
Bargain books! – Alchemy hardcover titles on offer!
Some of The Alchemy Press’s limited edition hardcovers are going for a song via Amazon. Okay, not a song, as such … but we are selling brand new copies at a heavy discount. Now is a good time to buy the book you’ve been intending to read!
- Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins is now just £10.00 on Amazon.
- Where the Bodies are Buried by Kim Newman is only £5.00 on Amazon
- Swords against the Millennium edited by Mike Chinn is just £5.00 on Amazon
- Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole is a mere £15.00 on Amazon
Don’t forget, these are all limited, signed hardcovers. And a warning: some of these books are in short supply so order them soon.
Peter’s 40th Fcon anniversary!
This year’s FantasyCon is less than a month away and that has set me reminiscing. Out with the abacas (actually, I checked in Silver Rhapsody) and – ye gods – this will be my fortieth British Fantasy Convention. Yup, my first was FantasyCon 2 back in 1976! And you know what: I have, for my sins, attended everyone since over these past forty years, even the one-day events in Champagne Charlie in London. Is this a record? Can anyone else match this claim to fame (or is it infamy)?
It’s silly regretting not attending the first FantasyCon. It was a one-day event held in Birmingham and the travel up from Portsmouth, where I was then living, seemed a bit excessive just to meet some people I had only encountered in name through the pages of Dark Horizons and the BFS Bulletin. There was no internet, no online social…
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September (and into October) will be busy!
Continue reading Forthcoming…
Peter Coleborn considers the value of maps. Perhaps you are writing a fantasy novel in which your characters travel across a fantastical realm. Or a science fiction story set on a strange planet i…
Source: Mapping your story
Is the penchant for photographing doors and pathways something innate to all of us? Or just me? Continue reading Pathways