Hi-fidelity reading

The paperback book I am reading right now is The Big Sleep and Other Novels, by Raymond Chandler.  It’s a lovely Penguin Classics imprint, thick and light and good to hold. I bought it a month ago in paper version because I want to read it slowly, closely (as Francine Prose recommends). I first read Chandler when I was…… Continue reading Hi-fidelity reading

Scrivener was created out of authorly procrastination

Scrivener is the tool I wish I’d used to write Me and My Web Shadow, and it is almost certainly the tool I’ll use to write my next book (it’s already lightened the load on creating some e-books for clients over the last year). If you don’t know it, Scrivener is a kind of heavy-lifting…… Continue reading Scrivener was created out of authorly procrastination

For authors: Managing your reputation online: links & resources

I’m writing an article for the Writers & Artists Yearbook about how to manage online reputation. I’ve compiled some of the links I think are useful in a Storify story (below). Let me know if there’s anything you think I should add. Will credit suggestions in the updated Storify story and be linking to it…… Continue reading For authors: Managing your reputation online: links & resources

Glinner vs. Doctorow: Notes from The Story – Pt 1

* * Update: Audio for this talk is now available free at Storythings * * Image: by Paolabililty ©2011 (as Cory Tweeted: “t his pic PERFECTLY captures what it’s like to interview @glinner on stage”) The Story 2011 was exactly like the inaugural event a year ago. It was like the day just continued from…… Continue reading Glinner vs. Doctorow: Notes from The Story – Pt 1

Writing, running, pain and finding the perfect space

Writing is hell. That’s why writers spend so much time trying to find ways to make it slightly less helliish. For instance, I gained a new impossible dream today – to have a writing studio like this one… Private Library from A Space In Time on Vimeo. Via Open Culture Funnily enough this incredibly expensive…… Continue reading Writing, running, pain and finding the perfect space

Normal service will return in the Autumn

OK, I’ve been a bad blogger. It’s been an odd month or so, and may stay odd for some time. It’s been hard enough blogging more or less holding down a full-time-plus-any-other-waking-time-you-might-have-lying-around job. Not to mention my family and a new addiction to mountain biking. But most of all, I’m the final phase of finishing…… Continue reading Normal service will return in the Autumn