Archive for ‘Writing’

March 29, 2014

Bright Red Pen (Drive)

I have this bright red pen drive containing my novel. It’s on a cord so I can hang it around my neck and update the story, write extra chapters and generally go nuts on it whenever I am struck with a creative lightning bolt.

You may think this is a good idea.

I have lost the bloody thing.

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February 25, 2014


Ellis Nichols, Cryogenic Chamber Technician – Personal log.

Day 2

You’d think there’d be a better way to transport all these people. Stacked up and subjected to the rigours of thrust as Earth recedes into the distance, their bodies, slack and unconscious, becoming distorted, misshapen, a disfigured abomination of the perfection and purity we’re supposed to be carrying to a new Eden.

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January 11, 2014

The Story of My Creativity (Sort of)

charlie the invisible thingI’ve already spoken about the crazy, creativity-stifling art teacher who bollocked me for drawing “New Life” (her brief) in the shape of a plant metamorphosing into a man, well, she wasn’t the only one as I was growing up.

When I was about 11 we all created “Charlie” stories. We each picked an inanimate object, called it Charlie, and wrote about its adventures. So my classmates invented, Charlie the Spoon, Charlie the Bucket, Charlie the Pair of Curtains etc.

They were boring as shit.

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January 1, 2014

What is Creativity?

When I was 12 our art teacher gave us a homework brief of “New Life”. That was all she said: “New Life”.creativity

I went home, my head fizzing with ideas and finally settled upon a black and white line drawing of an agonised man growing out of a tree, his limbs merging with the branches as he sprang forth.

I was pretty proud of it.

The teacher gave me a bollocking for “drawing something stupid”.

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December 31, 2013

Obligatory Resolutions Post

Well, here we are, on the cusp of 2014 and another year of pretending to be a writer, faffing (my dad’s word) about and not doing anything concrete. Meandering aimlessly through the writer’s universe, talking toot and marvelling at my own inability to motivate myself.

Well not anymore!Anne Tyler Quote

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December 30, 2013

Why I Write

I write to get things out, be they good or bad. Not as a diary, my life isn’t that interesting, but when I’m faced with something so incredibly dumb it offends my sensibilities (such as a poor boardgame or crappy soccer performance) or something so wonderfully profound that it lifts me (such as a well crafted novel or my wedding anniversary), I am compelled to write.Writer

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