Review: Anna by Sammy HK Smith

Anna by Sammy HK Smith Coming from Solaris 27th May Minor spoilers ahead. “I was Anna now. I must remember. They say you can tell someone’s personality from a name. Anna was gracious. Anna was compliant. I had to be Anna.” After finishing this I felt like I’d been emotionally beaten. Which is kind ofContinue reading “Review: Anna by Sammy HK Smith”

Writing About Writing About Writing Review 17

Part 17 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here Returning from the diversion I took last week I’m back on Mount Olympus (see here for an explanation) and reading books that concentrate on the negative side ofContinue reading “Writing About Writing About Writing Review 17”

Writing About Writing About Writing: Another Diversion

It’s fair to say that life is pretty weird for everyone right now but mine has an extra dollop of weird glop because I’ve been made redundant from the day job and have to find a job (not a unique experience for sure) – job hunting in Covid times is weird, plus I’ve been workingContinue reading “Writing About Writing About Writing: Another Diversion”

Writing About Writing About Writing Review 16

Part 16 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here This time round I’ve skipped a week – things going on, you know how it is -lockdown, day jobs, one thing crowds out another… I’ve re-read a fewContinue reading “Writing About Writing About Writing Review 16”

Writing About Writing About Writing Review 15

Part 15 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here Well it’s 2021 and I’ve read a whole bunch (although only skim read a couple tbh) of writing books I realised that in a previous article I saidContinue reading “Writing About Writing About Writing Review 15”

Interview with Tej Turner

I spoke to Tej about his new book: Bloodsworn “Everyone from Jalard knew what a bloodoath was. Legendary characters in the tales people told to their children often made such pacts with the gods. By drawing one’s own blood whilst speaking a vow, people became ‘Bloodsworn’.   And in every tale where the oath was broken, theContinue reading “Interview with Tej Turner”

A Tiding of Magpies Reissued

The Reissue of my first collection – A Tiding of Magpies – will be published on the 3rd of January. It’s available to preorder here (preorder for the paperback coming soon) I’ve added a new afterword, there are some new stories and the whole book has had a re-edit and has been spruced up. MyContinue reading “A Tiding of Magpies Reissued”

Writing About Writing About Writing Review 14

Part 14 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here As I discussed last time I moved onto How to Story books reading books on story structure and storytelling First up was The Writer’s Journey by Christopher VoglerContinue reading “Writing About Writing About Writing Review 14”