A bone is born

I’ve broken my elbow. To be precise, I’ve fractured it. To be utterly accurate, the end of my funny bone has been chipped off. I’ll leave the gags to you. I was knocked over by a group of charging youths late on Friday night. It was an accident; these things happen; it could have been … Continue reading A bone is born

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The Limehouse Golem review – a big helmet with lots of makeup – 3/5

The Limehouse Golem is a Ripperesque throat-slasher stuffed full of London fog, grubby horse-drawn coaches, grimy cockney characters and naïve prostitutes with dirt smeared on their faces. Was it ever clean in London? It stars Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth, ably supported by a bald Eddie Marsan who steals scenes and Daniel Mays … Continue reading The Limehouse Golem review – a big helmet with lots of makeup – 3/5

10 Don’ts & 1 Do

Six months after turning to freelance writing full-time, I've learned some lessons. Mostly about what not to do. Here are ten Don'ts and one Do. Don't blog about writing (hem) when you should be writing. You're not fooling anyone - you're playing for time. Don't get two-thirds of the way through the first draft of … Continue reading 10 Don’ts & 1 Do

That Moment

Five months ago a very important person in my life died. I was there. I saw it all. Senses diminished. Movement slowed. Breathing stopped. It might be witnessing the mechanics of dying, or trying to accommodate the loss, or just failing to comprehend nothingness. I don't know. But that moment, that image... it just won't go away. I do get it. … Continue reading That Moment

The Wrong Story – 503g of obsession

I am obsessed. For the past week The Wrong Story has been available for pre-order. I could go online and look at it, pre-order it if I wanted, search for it. And I have. I can't stop looking at it. Sales rankings and review stars. At the beginning of the week I was in the top 35000. Yippee! … Continue reading The Wrong Story – 503g of obsession