Sep 27

Review: Doctor Who Series Nine Episode Two; The Witch’s Familiar

What did you think of episode two of Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar? On the whole I enjoyed it, a few nit picks but nothing that distracted me too much. I’m going to discuss it in detail but be warned I will be mentioning SPOILERS from the first two episodes. Just to note, I won’t be reviewing every Doctor Who Episode. My plan is to do the opening, final and a few episodes in-between that stand out either because they are particularly great or no so great.

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Sep 20

Review: Doctor Who Series Nine Episode One The Magician’s Apprentice

This is the first of my review posts. In these posts I’ll be reviewing recently released books, films and Television shows and discussing them, good points and bad. I’ll try and keep these reviews spoiler free and if I can’t I’ll be sure to place a warning. I won’t be speculating on what I think will happen next if I’m reviewing a TV series or a film that is going to have a sequel and because I don’t like making guesses and I will only be reviewing things that have been recently released so you won’t find any Shakespeare or Dickens here. Now I’ve said all that let’s talk about Doctor Who.

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Sep 06

Metamorphose Fundraising

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Hello Everyone,

A few weeks back I announced that Metamorphose had decided to award my short story “Sher’s Wood” first place in their Science Fiction Category (due out in November). Their fundraising campaign has been restarted and since they have helped me in regards to editing and promotion I wanted to explain the work they do and how you can help them.

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Sep 05

Metamorphose: Featured Author

Exciting news!

Yesterday (04/09/2015) Metamorphose posted a lovely article about me and my previous successes to promote the launch of their first issue (due out in November).

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Aug 30

Top Ten Urban Legends, Mysteries and Conspiracy Theories

One the most common questions writers are asked is where do you get your ideas from? The answer is anywhere and everywhere. Anything can spark an idea, a clipping in a newspaper, an overheard conversation or perhaps a well-known mystery, legend or theory. These ideas give writers a lot of wiggle room as the line between fact and fiction is blurred. I’ve listed ten of my favourite urban legends, mysteries and conspiracy theories that could be used as inspiration by fellow writers or are in some way writing related.

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Jul 17

1st place in Metamorphose Science Fiction Short Story Competition.

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Fantastic news. My short story “Sher’s Wood” will be published in the first issue of Metamorphose this November.  I’ll also be the featured author on their website on 4 September.

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Jul 14

I finished my Creative Writing Degree with a 2:1.

Great news everyone. I’ve finished my Creative Writing course (BA Hons) with a 2:1.

In September of 2012 I started my Creative Writing Course at London South Bank University. In my sixth form I was the only self-proclaimed writer, now I was amongst a group of likeminded individuals. You can image my feelings on my first day, a mixture of fear and excitement.

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Jul 12

Keeping Track

How do you keep track of your writing projects? Do you have a computer file with a list of the current condition of  each project? Maybe you have your writing in paper form around the house somewhere? Maybe you just have it all in your head. How do you keep track of how far you are in each project?

I do this.

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Jun 28

Five explanations and solutions to procrastination

Procrastination – “The action of delaying or postponing something”

Procrastination – “The action of delaying or postponing something”

I am an amazing procrastinator. It’s taken me a week to pen the first draft of this blog post. Why? I’ve been settling into a new job, true but it’s not that. I’ve made myself find other things to do. Why? I don’t know. I always enjoy writing blog posts and working on my stories.  I don’t know why I procrastinate but I know that it’s a trait many writers share and that it’s annoying both for the writer and those waiting for his/her work.

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Jun 10

Does life imitate art or is it the other way around?

It’s a big and complicated question. In the red corner stands Aristotle who says “…art partly completes what nature cannot bring to a finish, and partly imitates her.” In the blue corner is Oscar Wilde who says in The Decay of Lying that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. It’s like the famous question “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” There isn’t really a solid answer but it’s interesting to think about.

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