Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sale to Far Fetched Fables

What a week! I just received a lovely email from Far Fetched Fables accepting my short story, The Economist and the Dragon, for their podcast. I'm really looking forward to hearing their audio adaption :)

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sale to Kzine

An acceptance email is always guaranteed to brighten up a writer's day!

My short story 'Surviving Life' has been accepted by the excellent Kzine. They have a lot of horror at the moment so it will be a while before my story sees publication, probably late 2018 or early 2019.

After a glut of rejection emails for various stories (boo! hiss! mope!) it's great to get an acceptance.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

James White Award Winner

So I didn't win the James White Award in the end, but it's still a great thing to have been shortlisted in the first place so I take heart from that.

The winning story, 'The Morrigan' by fellow Glasgow Science Fiction Writers' Circle member Stewart Horn is an excellent and well-deserved winner. I'll look forward to seeing it in print in a future edition of Interzone.

Monday, 19 June 2017

James White Award Shortlist

This morning I awoke to some good news - my short story The Dying Glass has been shortlisted for the 2017 James White Award.

The stories that have made it through to the final selection are:

Don – Steve Dubois
May the Pain Guide You Home – Daniel Roy
The Morrigan – Stewart Horn
Skin and Bone – Beth Plutchak
The Cut – Elsie WK Donald
The Dying Glass – Cameron Johnston

My short story has some really good company on that list :)
We should find out soon who the winner will be *fingers and toes and eyes all crossed* *falls over*

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Special Effects


I am finding myself a little bored of all the CGI special effects in movies at the moment. It feels like they are all too often sacrificing character, plot and dialogue for whizz-bang spectacle.

While I enjoyed Wonder Woman I was switching off during the third act with all the lingering on big fancy explosions and magical effects. I would much rather have seen more of that screen time devoted to the Amazons and more of Diana exploring the modern world. It was the same with The Avengers, which I loved, and the countless CGI enemies in Avengers: Age of Ultrabore - I'd much rather have had more character interactions than yet another mashing of an anonymous metal face. Man of Steel was interesting to begin with and then quickly descended into a one long, drawn-out duel with buildings exploding everywhere. Lots of spectacle and some amazingly cool visuals, but at what cost?

Practical special effects and clever puppetry have always appealed to me more than CGI, things like Gremlins, The Terminator, Aliens, Dark Crystal and Robocop. Heading further back, I will always watch Ray Harryhausen animations.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

On Submission

The editing and rewrites have all come to an end annnnnnddddd my agent has sent the manuscript out on submission.

Phew! So, what now I hear you ask? Waiting...mostly waiting...and hoping...and trying not to check my email every now and again...knowing that realistically very, very few books ever get picked up and published, but also that hoping bit is back again...

I'm finding this wait a little different to my short story submissions. Partly because there is a much larger chunk of time, effort and imagination invested, and partly because if this novel does get picked up then I'll have books in shops and libraries - something younger me had dreamed about ever since I first set foot in my local library. I frequently left that hallowed hall with shaking arms holding ten books at a time, and I would be delighted to find my own writing fuelling other people's imaginations in the same way.

I suppose we will just have to wait and see, and hope.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

John Constantine LEGO

So my latest dabble with LEGO has been building a John Constantine minifigure, bottle of booze in hand, ready to glass the sodding demon in the eye. From Hellblazer thanks for asking, not the Keanu Reeves movie, you vile heretic! (Actually, it was an OK film)

Now if only the TV series had taken off and been allowed to go darker. *sigh*. I thought Matt Ryan was pretty good.

So here it is, with a little help from the Dr Strange set:

"I'm the one who steps from the shadows, all trenchcoat and cigarette and arrogance, ready to deal with the madness. Oh, I've got it all sewn up. I can save you. If it takes the last drop of your blood, I'll drive your demons away. I'll kick them in the bollocks and spit on them when they're down and then I'll be gone back into darkness, leaving only a nod and a wink and a wisecrack."

Hellblazer was bloody brilliant!




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