Still there?

Two years, actually.
Is anyone still out there?

A silent, cobwebbed site, this, and here I come, a voice from beyond the… whatever. Oooohhh.

Thinking of reviving this blog. Thinking of – perhaps – doing more book reviews? More updates. Or slightly more themed posts. Useful ones, or not, like:

  • how to cope when your 13-and-a-half-year-old dog goes blind and the other one is going deaf (you just do, and make them happy as possible)
  • surviving a cost-of-living crisis as a freelancer (I have no tips, just stress)
  • taking up running again a decade later, and why it is less fun than I remember it being (knees mostly. And preferring bouldering now)
  • being 40, faulty and flailing (shout-out Poise magazine for the catchy title. Shout-out Reynauds’, low confidence and interesting times for the actual subject)
  • how to bury your head and ignore the furore around a new head of state and a new prime minister in one week (return to blog writing, obvs)

Have you missed me? Probably not. But if you did and you want to read some stuff I made up (but forgot to add to the writing credits page until just now) check out my long short story ‘Guest’ published by Nightjar Press. Or get issue 80/81 of Black Static for a sad haunting (‘Traps’).

Want to hear my annoying voice? I interview authors for a podcast for NARC Magazine now – you can check that out here: https://open.spotify.com/show/1fCyg9wfTYiiLzDRA8cHnx

What else? I’m on an art rap album. That’s still available. I’m officially featured on one song, and in the background of a bunch more.

Anyone alive out there? Can anybody hear me? Comment a little comment and let me know…

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Book review: ‘The Searcher’ by Tana French

Thanks, as always, to Net Galley and Viking for setting me up with a copy of The Searcher. Four out of five stars – which is still a high rating and I’d still very much recommend it! Read on for blurb and opinions…

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Awards Eligibility Post – 2020

I’ve never done an awards eligibility post before, because I didn’t know they were a thing until late last month. But for regular(ish) readers, youse can look away. This is just a quick list of links to writing I’ve had published this year that’s eligible for the upcoming SFF awards season. As I understand it, nominators (who number in the squillions or more, probably) find these helpful to discover magazines/stories/issues they might not otherwise have come across.

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Quarterly Review

Today I took Dog 1 for a walk, and very deliberately didn’t take my phone with me. Usually I wander along behind the Mud Beast with an eye out for things that make a good photo. Often, sentimentally, it is the dog who is the photo. At nearly 12 years old, and having been worryingly ill this past week (entirely due to her garbage-eating bad habit) – and me with a memory like leaky wellies – I know I’m trying to capture exactly the light and exactly the expression and the movement of her exploring the fields. Today I decided I wanted to just enjoy the walk and disconnect. It’s also been a day of Social Media, since HARK! Online takes place tomorrow* and I just wanted to step away from those increasingly fraught spaces.

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Where are you going? Where have you been?

I’ve actively avoided writing any kind of blog post for the past four months. I had intended to go back to writing monthly updates – or at least an update about my changed circumstances – but roughly a week after my last day at my old job, COVID-19 reached the UK and everything went… well, you know. So late, as ever, but with the benefit of some hindsight, here it is.

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Book review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Again – a NetGalley ARC review. I stumbled across Stephen Graham Jones’s short story collection After The People Lights Have Gone Off several years ago in a secondhand bookshop, and ever since then I’ve always kept half an eye out for books by him. So I jumped on the chance to review this, and will be buying a copy. Five stars, of course.*

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