The Magic Marie-Helene Bertino

Every so often a book comes along that’s different. There’s something about it that changes me as a reader, as a writer and, often, as a person too. It’s a magic thing, I think.  Willful Creatures did it. The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God, did it. The Tiny Wife, Slaughterhouse 5, Olive Kitteridge, […]

Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, and Us

Seeing this, by the brilliant Cara Fielder, on the Waterstones blog made me very happy, as I’m sure you can imagine. She says: “This is the set of short stories for the alternative community and indie world. A real must read.” which probably makes her my new favourite person. And she has her own blog as well, which […]

Is This What Love Looks Like?

I’m not sure. But, whatever it is, it’s pretty intense and pure and affecting. And great art too. Here’s the story (found, courtesy of Debbie, here): “Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, […]

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

More excellent writing advice here, this time for the magnificent Pixar. (Thanks to Dan Powell for the heads up.) Clicky here for the list.

On Learning Your Craft and Having Killer Taste

I’m sure I’ve posted this here before, but, as I was reminded of it this week, and, as I think it’s absolutely wonderful advice to anyone wanting to do something creative seriously (and knowing just how hard that can be), I thought I’d pop it up again. Enjoy. You have great taste. Make good art, […]

World Book Day

Happy World Book Day, one and all. I’m busy here trying to write one, and helping others with theirs but I thought it might be a cool thing to recommend one to you good people (feel free to join in!). And, today, I’m going to suggest you get your hands on a copy of Andrew […]

How To Handle Negative Comments

This, courtesy of the splendid Sarah Salway, is brilliant. .