London is ancient. The Romans built a settlement sometime after 43AD and called it Londinium but historians argue there is evidence of a town before that. Currently London is home to 8.63 million people and is the setting of countless stories. I’ve visited the location of three well known stories set in London to see how they compare to their literacy counterpart.
Last week I stumbled across this article on Facebook.
It’s about writer Michael Derrick Hudson who wrote under the pseudonym Yi-Fen Chou in order to have his work published in an anthology. Writers using pseudonyms isn’t uncommon but why did Yi-Fen Chou cause such controversy?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.