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January 26th, 2015

Fireworks-blogHey, I’ve made an album! All my own songs. I played most of the instruments too. It took a year to record, and we did the final session last Tuesday. So that’s it – job done. I’ve just got to sell the thing now and … oomph! … there I am, back to Earth with a bump.

Seems like polishing off an album is just like finishing a collection of poems, a set of stories, or a novel. After all the great creative work, you have to get down to business. Should you release the thing yourself (self-publish)? Or try for a record company (publisher)? Who’ll do the artwork? Should you get a stock of hard copies made, or just go digital? And what about marketing? Read the rest of this entry »

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Once Upon A Time

December 3rd, 2014

Grimm-blogHave you ever written anything really good? Well, once upon a time there were two brothers called Jacob and Wilhelm and, way back in 1812, they published a collection of stories which was destined to become really, really famous. They were, of course, the Brothers Grimm, and the Fairy Tales which have borne their name for the past two hundred years are now known all over the world. The 156 stories in their first edition included Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White, tales which went on to become the cornerstone of one of the twentieth century’s mightiest storytelling corporations; tales which will surely be with us for hundreds of years to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Are Poets

November 26th, 2014

We-Are-Poets-blogRight, listen, stop wasting time reading my blog and click on this link so that, at least once in your life, you get to see the We Are Poets Youtube Teaser. It’s not long – only three and a half minutes. But I guarantee that, unless you’re getting married later or waiting for the birth of your first child, it’ll be the best three and a half minutes of your day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Books Change Things

October 13th, 2014

Top-Ten-blogWhat are your favourite books? That’s a tough one. How about this – What are the books that changed things for you? The ones that made you think about yourself, or the world in a different way?

Here’s my top ten (whittled down from a short-list of some thirty-odd). Read the rest of this entry »

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A Deadline, a Deadline, My Kingdom For a Deadline.

September 24th, 2014

deadline-blogHow long does it take to write a story? Well … how long have you got? I am SO bad at getting things finished. I’ve even got the first draft of a story about computers taking over domestic life that I wrote long-hand nearly twenty years ago, sat on a shelf in a dusty old notebook. I never proofed it, never worked it up to a second draft, never even got round to typing it into my laptop. It’s still relevant, and still works. So why haven’t I done anything with it? I don’t know. I’ve been busy. Read the rest of this entry »

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