Further to several paragraphs of angsting and thinking out loud, I have made some decisions about what I want to write and where that fits in long-term. The first decision is to cease writing short stories for the moment. While it is pleasant when I do well in competitions, and even more pleasant when IContinue reading “My Writing Plan”
Recently a professional in the business, someone whose opinion I respect, asked me where I saw myself as a working writer. He meant, what sort of thing did I want to write? What genre do I want to work in? What is my plan? And I realised I didn’t have a plan, at least notContinue reading “What Kind of Writer Are You?”
Having completed the novel and being on a break from writing, it was time to relax. I am just about to return from the City of Lights, where I was whisked away on a beautiful long weekend. I have been to Paris several times, and it never gets boring. The beauty of the place justContinue reading “Paris”
…you know what I hate? Well, dialogue. I hate dialogue, when you have to be constantly on the alert for the bits in the middle of the conversation where you “zoom out the camera” so you don’t have talking-head syndrome. Or when the dialoguing characters get lost and you have to pull them back toContinue reading “I Love Writing, But…”
Ten years ago, I left my job in Galway and became a student of the inaugural MA in Writing programme headed by Adrian Frazier in NUI Galway. I have very fond memories of that time, and of the encouragement given to me by Adrian and by my tutors such as Mike McCormack and Louis deContinue reading “Watching My Hands At Work: Festschrift for Adrian Frazier”
The people organising the Bath Short Story Award are having quite a bit of fun tweeting teasers about the content of their longlist, due up Saturday. Rachael Dunlop blogged about her opinion of longlists here – she is not impressed in general, though finds the Bath tweets entertaining – and Tracey Upchurch is also quite amused. Got meContinue reading “Longlists and Shortlists”
The title of this blog entry comes from a Kelis song entitled “Lil Star”. It’s the song of a tired, demoralised woman who “forgets herself when there’s so many others around”. I certainly can’t be accused of that. As my immediates enjoy reminding me, I have nothing of the carer in my nature. But IContinue reading “Being Human Is My Crime”
that all has been signed and I am now represented by Svetlana Pironko of the Authors Rights Agency. I am very much looking forward to working with her.