Hot Jupiter

Astronomers have discovered a blue planet which looks like planet Earth 63 million light years away, it’s a gas giant in a class of planets called “hot Jupiters” and scientists describe its atmosphere as “changeable and exotic”. The cold luminous blue is caused (they think) by liquid silicate – glass to you and me – […]

This Rough Magic a SyFy Story

This Rough Magic a SyFy Story “What to do if your robotic parents don’t live up to your expectations.” I am so excited about this, and I was fascinated to hear this interview with Richard Manley about his play, This Rough Magic, a syfy story which deals with the relationship between a boy and his robotic […]

Boilerplates and Handcrafting

Writers Readers & Genre I’m talking about meeting genre expectations here, first with my writer’s hat on. Boilerplates and handcrafting, that is, which plot template should you use, are important considerations at the concept stage. As a reader, becoming a fan of Young Adult (YA) Dystopian, I’ve got stuck into the big names since His […]

Hang Out

Hang Out I’m reading THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi. He uses language the way an abstract painter uses paint. Some writers have the universe, or multiples, inside their heads. I’m only at page 15, and I feel like I’m there. To be honest I’m not too worried where the plot goes, I just like […]

Point Of View

Weaving the Strands of Plot I shouldn’t have relaxed so soon, thinking strands of plot were coming together, like barely visible wisps of moisture gathering into a cloud. I’m having a rethink about the point of view. I had thought my MC (main character) was the elderly physicist. He was the first to appear and […]

Fighting Yer Demons

On the nose? They’ll punch yer lights out If you are so unsubtle as to mention fighting yer demons, or his, or hers, or theirs. Screenwriters, don’t, please. Not unless you are strictly within a supernatural, vampire or fantasy genre, and safely enclosed in the charmed circle of salt. As a long form fiction writer […]

BLANK

‘What you got Marsha?’ ‘Someone sent me a card. It’s mine. Get off.’ ‘Who’s it from?’ ‘Get off! Hey!’ ‘It’s blank.’ ‘It’s a Valentine, dummy.’ ‘You gotta boyfriend and you never told me.’ ‘I do not have a boyfriend.’ ‘Who’s got a see-cret ad-myr-ah?’ ‘Piss off Jen.’ ‘Is it lame Derek?’ ‘You’re just jealous. Gimme […]

Keen

Two writer friends discuss the difficulties of getting published. “You need a good beginning.” “How about, It was a dark and stormy night?” “No! Cliché! Cliché! Cliché!” “You talk about clichés with those exclamation marks? Wash your prose out with soap and water.” “The WP will do it. Find and replace; search and destroy…” “I […]

The Day Death Wore Boots

The Day Death Wore Boots is an anthology of ghost stories is out from Alfie Dog Fiction, the first stop for short story downloads and other fiction. Sometimes Death Wears Satin Slippers The collection of twenty spine-chillers includes one of mine, The Bed. It is based on a true story. My mother actually had a […]