I remain a (perpetually struggling) independent writer. This includes non-fiction, critical essays, poetry and fiction works. I also shout at clouds, with increasing degrees of success. A personal renaissance continues to throw up interesting changes in direction.
For business enquiries, please email write (at) internetofwords (dot) com
There are various means of supporting my work:
There will be Gumroad. It’s now actively being worked on.
Currently In Progress: Nothing long-form for a few months, let’s be honest. Other things have become more important. All you people writing your first novels have a free run at the prize without me. This is unlikely to change until the end of the summer.
In Episodic Fiction News:: EX/WHI restarted in January, but is back on the back burner. If I’m honest it needs a re-write and then repost to get the narrative fixed. It’s on the To Do Pile :D
24 Poems about Southend on Sea
I was asked to sign a rights form for one of my poems, for possible inclusion in BBC1’s ‘Countryfile’ but I never made the final report. However, one poem from the selection (A13, Trunk Road of the Free) has been chosen to be included in the official published ‘Places of Poetry’ anthology, which will be available from OneWorld Publications in Autumn 2020. That’s a result.
Poetry collections have been re-written. One of the three was the table will be available for purchase, via the route of self-publication (and Gumroad, remember that?) before 2020 is out. Another is coming via Patreon and will go to Amazon for Christmas.
Said it now, has to happen.
I was a winner of the Members’ Poems competition in the Winter 2018 issue of Poetry News, official publication of the Poetry Society. The theme of the contest was ‘The Abstract Space’, inspired by the poetry of W.S. Graham and judged by Rachael Boast. The poem that won, The Beast in Cyberspace, can be read on the Poetry Society’s website. I performed this piece live at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden on February 8th.
I also performed live at Metal‘s Future Park event on September 20th. That makes three spoken word appearances this year (yes I’m totally counting Mslexicon’s Open Mic in that) and that will be improved upon in 2020. I’ll also be submitting a Residency application next year. I’d love to try and get in for the last one this year, but it’s honestly not practical and I need better ideas. So, time to work on some.
REAL LIFE GUBBINS:
In January, I successfully completed RED January:
at time of writing had raised nearly £400. This is good work.
I’m currently using a static bike and a 12 kg kettlebell (plus some other stuff) to be in the best shape of my life. I’ve lost 10 pounds since January and the only way right now is DOWN.
In June I will be repeating the ‘exercise every day’ challenge and hope to lose another 10 pounds (4.54 kg) :D
Other poetry and writing gubbins will appear on @MoveablePress or @InternetofWords via Twitter. Note my Twitter handle’s changed. Don’t trust whoever it is pretending to be @AlternativeChat. They’re lying.
The Warcraft Blog has been altered to cover my 40 year relationship with Computer Gaming in all its forms and can be found here. I uninstalled Warcraft from this PC when the lockdown was announced because if I’d have gone back in, it would have ruined everything. It is finally time to let go, and stop hiding in gaming. It has become a purely recreational pursuit.
If you want me now, it’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons as relaxation :D
YouTube Channel for Monthly content is here. If you look closely enough, sometime in May, video content will appear.
The Internet of Words can be found on Instagram. That too might be worth a look this year.
We don’t go to Facebook. It is a silly place.