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    A short short autobio piece I wrote (and illustrated) is included in Anything That Loves, an anthology of comix about the B and T in LGBT, published by Northwest Press, to be released next week at SDCC. Not the first story I've had accepted by a publisher, but this is the first one to actually make it to paper.
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2013
    FINALLY decided to quit faffing about with random scribblings and nail down an outline for the damn Beer Book.

    This is page one of about three, which has the basic basic stuff that almost every book has, but is still important to put in (especially since this one is for beginners). Other chapters will include a beer fest survival guide, dispelling some myths, cooking with beer, and many other practical tips for a person who doesn't want to read a 300 page book full of lingo.
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    I want your book on my shelf, Oldhat. If you need any help with it, consider this an offer to beta read/shout from rooftops/whatever.
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    Been a while since I visited whitechapel. So much cool stuff here!

    I've got a comic coming out with Arcana comics at SDCC Booth #2415. I'm doing a signing on sunday from 11:30-12:30 so come and say hi if you're around.


    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2013 edited
    Doing a show with my fiction workshop/performance collective Writers' Bloc at the Edinburgh Book Festival, in a collaboration with musicians Poppy Ackroyd & John Lemke. If anyone's about, come along it's going to be an incredible show. Details here. I'll be about throught the Bookfest as a journo scumbag, so if you're in town, look me up. I'm also competing in the BBC Poetry Slam on 13 Aug against the likes of Liz Lochead and a selection of the country's finest spoken word artists.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2013
    Liz Lochead is going DOWN!!!
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    I sent out the second-to-last draft of the novel to proofreaders a week ago. Now I'm waiting for them to send a version where I can fix all the zillion misplaced commas and suspect agreements that are certain to be there. Then it's editing and print, and out in early October.

    I'm slowly starting to realize it that this is finally happening. So many times it's been yanked away that I'm slow to trust things are going somewhere, but barring a meteor strike or a zombie holocaust...
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    doing a creative writing course this week, with Scott Bradfield who wrote this among other things

    It's called 'Towards a Novel' and so far at the end of day two it's been really useful, the man knows how to cut the crap away from your writing.
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    Got a WIP workshopped properly today, got some really useful feedback maybe it will turn into a novel of sorts at some point
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2013
    A professional editor friend of mine (who also has been my editor for Cthulhurotica) is hosting a four-week, online writing workshop on micro and small fiction writing and editing. Info here.
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    Wow, and that's very affordable, too. Thanks for posting that.
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    I've not been about for a while, because I like to contribute properly here if I can. However I'm going to indulge in a bit of shameless self promotion.
    It's been busy on the writing front. The big news is myself and a photographer friend, Lucy Carolan, won the commission for this project Runs On The Board which has meant I can focus completely on writing over the whole of the summer.

    I've also had a story accepted for Napkin Stories, which is one of one ideas you read about and wonder why it isn't happening everywhere. Basically thirty stories, 300 words each, will be put on to napkins and left in cafes for people to read while they have a drink. This year the project is running in Leeds, Brisbane and Toronto. There's some more info Napkin Stories

    Then finally my website has had a lick of paint. There are a couple of things to finish, but in the meantime I'm currently adding content, including some full stories no longer available online
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2013
    The realization that I am halfway through a novel makes me feel like I can fight dudes. It ain't done yet, but I'm hitting my stride. Getting about 6K words per week in, though I could probably bump it up to 8.

    Feels good, man
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2013
    Our very own Internet Jesus and Uncle Warren writes about why we need violent stories.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2013
    All you talented bastards making headway, good for all of you. I'm still maintaining a baseline on a comic adaptation of my grandfather's ww2 memoirs with my cousin on art. It is taking too long and is stretching my procrastination to the limits.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2013
    Haven't really had the time or inclination to be on message boards recently, work and having a life have been consuming me. Figured I'd use this thread though to make my grand re-entrance.

    I've written two e-books, short story collections. One is called RUNNING THE TRAIN AND OTHER STORIES, featuring my private eye/bail bondsman character Ben Miles. The other is called A FLASH OF DOOM, about Victorian-era supernatural detective Sir Ian Quarry. Both are e-books available via Smashwords right here.

    I also serialized short fiction, two ongoing free monthly online novellas, THE FOLLOWER and BLACK INK. One is also a Ben Miles-related story. Periodically I do short one-offs here, as well.
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    Is anyone going to Worldcon/Lonestar Con 3? Apparently a book I have a story in is debuting there, so I may try to get out there last minute.

    It's a cool anthology, from Bruce Bethke's Stupefying Stories line, and is called WILD WEIRD WEST. I'd love to be there to see what they do with it and meet some of the other authors in the book (they seem really cool!). Just not sure I'd have anything else to do.

    But if any other Whitechapel writerfolk are going...?
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    @John Skylar - Afraid I'm not, sir, but you should go anyway. Good things come to those who...grab them and hold them down and make them give them money. Or something like that. [Ya know, opportunities aplenty.]

    Been a while, Whitechapel. A hella while.
    Damn fine to see all the progress going on - @oldhat, when you've written it and you're doing a launch tour, you should make a challenge that if anyone can bring a homebrew better than yours to the show then they get a free book! Or somesuch thing that involves lots of drinking, yes?

    Good news: Purefinder has a publication date and an ISBN!
    December 13th: 978 1 78279 098 [yet to be put on Amazon, I'm afraid, but I'm told that happens in October.]

    Also, off the back of a real world games company reading that, I'm writing an adventure for a castle!

    In order to develop interest in the book, I'll be writing a HuffPostUK blog every week [the 1st of which is here] so give it a read.

    It's been a weirrrrrd year. Let's hope it gets weirder.
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2013
    I'm struggling with finding something to read for tomorrow's Telling of Tales. Anyone got anything lying around between 800 and 2000 words? I'd love something with a light touch this week, but I'm up for most kinds of things, really. :)
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2013
    what is this "light" you speak of