Janathon Day 1 – runner interrupted Let’s get the details out of the way: • 5.25 k• time unknown (to be explained below)• route – Hove seafront from King Alfred past West Pier and back. So … the first problem. I decided to borrow OH’s Garmin (not having one of my own) but as a […]

Catching up Those who know me best don’t want to know any of my writing news, they are only interested in the kittens! Toulouse and Montpellier arrived on Tuesday and are doing their best to destroy the house, my patience and the dogs’ nerve in about that order. Other things have been happening that are […]

Waxwings by Johnathan Raban My review rating: 3 of 5 starsThis was the first time I’ve read anything by Raban and on the basis of this book I will be going back for more – and better prepared this time!There are no spoilers here, don’t worry, but the book – especially its blurb – wrongfooted […]

All I want for Christmas I already got! (Well, nearly) Yup. This writer’s cup ranneth over last week. Actually that’s not true. It wasn’t this writer’s cup, it was Ren Holton’s jet black coffee mug that runnethed, because Ren has just had a very long, somewhat weird and profoundly satirical steampunk story accepted at Polluto. […]

Okay, so what’s been happening? • Ren received a kindly review of ‘Lords of Light’, recently published in SF Waxes Philosophical – you can read it here, and signed a contract for a novella ‘Miss’ to be published• Carmel sold a story to Forum and another to Scarlet• Kay discovered what her new novel is […]

A world unlike any other That’s the world of the science fiction writer. And after a long silence, in which I’d actually said goodbye to two of my acceptances for last year, it’s a world that’s come to life again, as two anthologies that stalled seem to be back on the cards for me. Well, […]

Endings and beginnings … Tomorrow will be a bittersweet day for me. I shall be handing over the reins (or even reigns) of Brighton (and Hove actually) National Novel Writing Month to my excellent successors, Fiona Wallace and Alex Allsworth. After three years I thought it was time to step aside and let somebody else […]