Literature 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 “Literature 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”

Literature 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At the end of my as-yet unpublished novel The Green Man there is a sort scene that echoes one of Prospero’s final lines from The Tempest, “I’ll drown my book.”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 “Literature Long read: Drowned Books”

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”

Rejection Doesn’t Define You

How many people reading this have submitted a novel manuscript to a literary agent? More to the point I wonder how many people have received rejections? In fact, scrap that. Forget about writing and submitting manuscripts to an agent. How many people have been rejected for anything, ever? A job, a business proposal, a grant,Continue reading “Rejection Doesn’t Define You”

Culture War: It’s not Past vs Present, it’s rescuing your father!

The supposed “culture wars” get a lot of airtime these days. The most infuriating part of it is that, once again, everything (and I’m looking at you, Social Media) is engineered to force people into camps that are binary in their delineation, and must by definition be diametrically opposed. This reduces complex areas into zeroContinue reading “Culture War: It’s not Past vs Present, it’s rescuing your father!”