I am now feeling confident enough to describe myself as a flourishing, independent writer. This includes non-fiction, critical essays, poetry and fiction works. I shout at clouds, with statistically proven attempts of success. The personal renaissance granted me a shortlist place in July 2020, don’t expect it to be the last one either. I come for you, writing prizes.
For business enquiries, please email write (at) internetofwords (dot) com
There are various means of supporting my work:
I no longer require Gumroad’s services, thanks to WordPress. I’m now capable of processing my own online payments and creating my own members only website content.
Needless to say, expect this to expand in August.
Currently, In Progress: MMXCI begins serialization via Patreon in September. It will require a significant edit, however, considering the current climate and my increasing understanding of the world around me. Learning about what is morally correct or not is currently a full-time job. I’ll need to have my eyes far more open.
In Episodic Fiction News… see above. Once that’s running on Patreon, it will be time to go back to EX/WHI. However, Patreon will have its own serialised set of flash fiction pieces. The Nexus Bar and Grill also begins in September. I’ll be making some better advertising material for them all starting in August.
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 published by OneWorld Publications on October 1st. 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 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.
As a result, I’m now a part of Metal’s New Artist Network. \o/
REAL LIFE GUBBINS:
I successfully completed RED January what seems like 1000 years ago:
at time of writing had raised nearly £400. This is good work.
Having been able to return to the Gym in late July, this is officially the best shape I have ever been in: I’ve improved on strength and stamina during downtime and my goals are very much back on course. I intend to beat my exercise total for last month, this month, plus have entered week six of a Twelve Week FTP Improvement course on my trusty static bike.
Only way is up etc
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.
YouTube Channel is here.
Video is still coming, trust me, it will be worth the wait.
The Internet of Words can be found on Instagram. That too might be worth a look at this year.
We don’t go to Facebook. It is a silly place.