Thursday, 23 February 2012

Review: Blow on a Dead Man's Embers

My review of Mari Strachan's Blow on a Dead Man's Embers is now up at The View From Here Magazine.

You can click through here to read the review > Blow on a Dead Man's Embers.

Spoiler: It was one of my favourite books from last year!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Dead Ink - Published Work - Cubicle Crimes / CVs are so last year

Dead Ink have republished two of my stories, Cubicle Crimes and CVs are so last year, over on their website. I think they work well as a pair - both looking at the passive aggressiveness of office life.

Here's the opening paragraph for Cubicle Crimes:
Armed with a freshly ironed pencil skirt, neutral make-up shades, non-offensive stud earrings and a briefcase with only jam sandwiches inside, I was a bundle of clich├ęs. I strolled across town muttering quotes from the employee handbook. My head was clogged with regulations for open plan office spaces. I would have scooped the top prize if there were a game show on policies and procedures.
And here's the open paragraph for CVs are so last year:
Eyebrows are concrete, not hidden behind metaphors like eyes and lips. They are the truth.

You can read both stories via this link > Cubicle Crimes and CVs are so last year

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

3 Hundred and 65

Dave Kirkwood is currently running a project called 3 hundred and 65. Everyday a new contributor writes a tweet-length chapter (140 characters) for a story that will grow and expand over the year. Each contribution is illustrated.

3 hundred and 65 is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust through donations and an auction of the illustrations and notebooks. (I'll be donating on pay day). You can make a monetary donation via the 3 hundred and 65 website. There are even a few dates left if you want to contribute to the story.

Back in January, I picked the 20th February (my birthday). If you click through then you can read my contribution to 3 hundred and 65 and see the fabulous drawing. Here's the link > 20th February.

I'm really looking forward to see how the story develops.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

For Book Lovers

To celebrate Valentine's Day, here is a short film made by Moonbot Studios, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore. This beautifully animated short is a love letter to the people who devote themselves to books. Fantastic Flying Books has also been nominated for an Oscar. 

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Snowman Who Said 'I'll Be Back'

Snowman: A Love Story, originally published at Metazen, has been republished over at Eunoia Review.

Here's the beginning to tempt you:
There was a woman down my road who fell in love with a snowman.
Margot wore only a thin nightdress and her slippers on the morning I found her transfixed by the snowman. The stout old woman’s usual trademarks were high heels and rouge lipstick. She scuttled back to her house without giving a wave or a cheery ‘hello’ like she did every morning. Margot glared through the frosted glass. She did not take her eyes off me until I had walked past the wonky-mouthed snowman.
You can read the story here > Snowman: A Love Story.