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 is already in full swing.
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Patreon is now IN FULL SWING.
There will still be Gumroad stuff though. Hang on.
Currently In Progress: #NaNoWriMo19 remains ‘happening’ but this month there’s a couple of short story projects which will likely take precedence…
In Episodic Fiction News:: EX/WHI restarted in January, but is on brief hiatus as I completely redesign the IoW website last month. Expect a restart date Soon [TM]
24 Poems about Southend on Sea
I did an interview about my work on 5Live. You can listen to it below.
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 on the table will be available for purchase, vial the route of self-publication, before 2020 is out.
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:
and at time of writing had raised nearly £400. This is good work.
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. Ironically, I’m being casual in Warcraft again. No, I don’t know either.
YouTube Channel for Monthly content is here. If you look closely enough, sometime in January some video content should 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.