In which a clever bird does an odd thing, which leads to the author having a near-miss with a lorry and doing a bit of research.
Writing fiction, inspiration, odd books and writers
Run, run, run, run, run, run away!
In which an annoying coincidence occurs, featuring a bad song and a good book.
Saddle Up for The Territories West
Incredibly proud of my eldest son today, who has just released his fifth album aged just 20 years old. He’s a musical storyteller, and goes all wild west with this one. If you’re looking for music to write your Western-themed novel to, try this one …
Satisfying Sentence: Man of War
Some song lyrics are just irresistible, and this one always jumps out at me as being so dramatically macabre. The gloriously unexpected combination of cake and the death of enemies is strangely quirky and satisfying.
Mrs Holloway’s Annual Parade of the Brightest and Best
“The brightest and best of you,” says Mrs Holloway, clapping her hands with palms flat and fingers pointing upwards, so that each clap is a prayer of thanks. And so begins the Annual Parade…
Odd Writers #9: Balzac’s Fuel for Thought
Want to be a prolific author? Worried you’re not writing enough? It might depend on how many cups of coffee you’re prepared to drink! 😳
Satisfying Sentence: This Blue World
I could pick hundreds of satisfying sentences from Elbow songs, written by Guy Garvey. As NME magazine once said “Garvey is a poet, and one of the most creative and goddamn heartbreaking wordsmiths we have in the UK.” This is my all time favourite… 💙
There will be no smiles on this page. Not today…
The Long and the Short of It
In which we look at old novels with much longer original titles than the short title they are usually known by, often extending to several sentences, that effectively give the plot away and even, on occasion, the ending, so you are left wondering if you should even read the book in the first place…
Odd Writers #8: Hemingway the Crazy Cat Lady
In which we find out why there are so many Six-Toed Kitties in Key West