Long Read: The Female (And Male) Myth in Beauty And The Beast

One of the advantages of having daughters is that one becomes extremely well-versed in the canon of Disney movies, and particularly Disney Princess flicks. As a cornerstone of modern culture, this is no bad thing (though upon watching Frozen for the forty-seventh time this assertion does buckle somewhat), and the fact that many of theContinue reading “Long Read: The Female (And Male) Myth in Beauty And The Beast”

Resurgam: Chapter 4

Last time Vivienne turned her back on Ignatius and his strange shenanigans, but when he made her a scoop interview with the billionaire Aton Petrowski, she sparked back into interest. This time Ignatius talks about space, time, and fire, and gives Vivienne a history lesson that turns her understanding of London – and the worldContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 4”

The Ten Year Plan, And A Podcast.

As I’ve set about organising my thoughts and reassessed how and why I write, and how and why we publish, I’ve thought about different ways of reaching an audience. What strikes me about writing is that, even though by the very nature of writing something long-form like a novel, or a screenplay, or whatever, isContinue reading “The Ten Year Plan, And A Podcast.”

Resurgam: Chapter 3

Last time Vivienne was shown things by Ignatius Von Brandt that she could neither understand nor explain. In the heat of the night she extricates herself from his triangular penthouse and gets back to work. The sceptic in her tries to reason away what she’s seen, but there’s another part of her that’s warming toContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 3”

Resurgam: Chapter 2

Last time, science reporter Vivienne met an unusual man called Ignatius Von Brandt. This week he takes her to his apartment and shows her something that her enquiring, analytical mind cannot fathom. Things are heating up… Viv and Ignatius slipped out just as the rich and fabulous were brandishing their chequebooks. It seemed typically ostentatiousContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 2”

Long read: Drowned Books

At the end of my as-yet unpublished novel The Green Man there is a sort scene that echoes one of Prospero’s final lines from The Tempest, “I’ll drown my book.” Prospero (and the character from TGM) realises that investigative rationality (symbolised by his book), and the ability to control aspects of the world with theContinue reading “Long read: Drowned Books”

Resurgam: Chapter 1

Resurgam is a novella told in eight parts, plus an epilogue, which I’ll release on Fridays. In the first chapter, Vivienne, a science correspondent for a London newspaper, is tasked with reporting on a charity fundraiser – not her usual gig – but she’s drawn to a mysterious individual who seems to burn just aContinue reading “Resurgam: Chapter 1”

I’m A Failed Writer – God, That Feels Good!

Yeah, I am a failed writer. And not just once. Several times. A multiple failure, I suppose you could call it. I’ve submitted novels, novellas and short stories to various agents, publishers and publications over the years. And if I totted up all the rejection emails I’ve received then it’d probably be the length ofContinue reading “I’m A Failed Writer – God, That Feels Good!”

A Reason to Write – Wrestling With the Truth

The truth is a tricky thing to pin down. It’s a bit like water. It’s sticky, it’s slippery, and it’s fluid, refusing to conform to, or remain in, any one shape. You can immerse yourself in it, but you can also drown in it. And if you stand at the edge of the ocean, itContinue reading “A Reason to Write – Wrestling With the Truth”