June 26th, 2015
First , thanks to Mike for last Friday’s blog. Whatever he chooses to call it, I just wish I could write humour half as well as he does!
Summer seems to bring out a spate of literary festivals, big and small. There’s the Ampthill Literary Festival on 11th July; the Buxton Festival from 10th to 26th July; the Ledbury Poetry festival from 3rd to 12th July… the list goes on and on and full details can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 8th, 2015
Our kids dragged us to the Manchester Film and Comic Con last weekend. Well, I say dragged … I was more excited than them. It was a huge event, packed with dealers, big screen TVs, an auditorium for talks, and rows of desks where celeb’s were signing graphic novels, DVDs, original artwork, baseball caps, etc.
My ten year old son was after ‘retro’ games, and we soon found some. So while he hummed and hahed over Pokemon and Donkey Kong I had a look round. I noticed one particular table which was quite simple (by comic con standards.) On a plain black cloth, it held just a few piles of books, all copies of four paperbacks that were neatly laid out on display – all clearly part of a series. Behind the table was a woman in a striking outfit – part Tolkien’s Rivendell, part Mos Eisley spaceport.
“Are you the author?” I said.
“Yes,” she said
And that’s how I came to meet the inspirational C. G. Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
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April 27th, 2015
You won’t believe this story, but I’ll tell it anyway because I’m seeing Sally tonight, and that’ll be hard. So, if I try it on you first, I might just get things straight enough in my head to tell her. And then maybe … well … y’know.
Anyway, here it is. Read the rest of this entry »
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March 9th, 2015
Back in August I wrote a blog called Every Writer Should Have One.com about building your own website. I linked from it to Wix, Yola, Webs and Moonfruit – four online companies who help put sites together. I also talked about my own experience, building a site with Wix – Phil Busby Acoustic Blues.
Well, that was over six months ago, so I wonder how you’re getting on? Is your site up and running, still under construction, or languishing on the ‘To Do’ list? No criticism if it’s the latter. I know, there’s always a million other things to be getting on with. But a website is a handy thing to have … Read the rest of this entry »
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February 9th, 2015
It may not be your cup of tea, but if your writing career starts taking off, at some point you’ll have to get up in front of an audience and either read them a piece, or tell them about it. Now, way back in another life (before we had kids) I worked as an actor and, though I never got anywhere near even the suggestion of a shadow of Hollywood, I did pick up a few pointers on speaking in public. So, if and when you get the call, I hope they’ll be of use to you.
1. Know Your Audience. First of all, think about who you’re speaking to. Between a primary school class, an open mic in your local pub, and a literary festival crowd, there is a world of difference. If you manage to pitch things right, you’ll make life a lot easier for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
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