Category: Words

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Trying

Can’t remember what happened last time? Read the first parts of the story here: One: Parking in the Rain Two: A Doorway Three: The Party Four: Here I Am, Here You Are At the end of voting on Part 4, the winner was: “The nice recluse scenario (63%)” Part 5...

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AT LAST, SIR TERRY

Like a lot of people around the world, I was saddened today to hear about the death of Terry Pratchett – AT LAST, SIR TERRY, said Death, and they walked out the door together. C and I were talking about literature the other day, about answering questions like “what are...

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Beware of Pity – Stefan Zweig – review

Beware of Pity – Stefan Zweig Pushkin Press (July 13, 2011) Review: Zweig’s masterpiece is ultimately over-long and rather pointless. It is just before the outbreak of World War I and young Austrian officer Anton Hofmiller is stationed at a Hungarian outpost. He befriends a local rich family, the Kekesfalvas,...

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Blue

– Yoghurt can be, but then you shouldn’t eat it – But you would eat the cheese, if it were – My jumper, which smells of cigarettes from last night’s bar – Your favourite packet of crisps – What we call your hair, in that other place, where we’re from...

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Here Be Brittle

It arrived! Well, it arrived a little while ago, in the countryside, while I was in Oz. My story in Brittle Star Magazine. We had a party on the weekend, and at one drunken point I was wobbling around the lounge room saying “you must see this! I must show...

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Last Line, First Line, Last Line

Over on her blog, Natalie Bowers has an interesting project going. She invites readers to write a story based on the last line of another story. The first week, writers had to use the last line of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He was soon borne away by the waves and lost...

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Dinosaurs and Extreme Commenting

This is the tweet that started it. Had to screen a few insulting comments on "Dinosaur." Expressing dislike is fine. Personal insults piss me off and get you moderated. — Apex Magazine (@apexmag) February 2, 2015 Interested to know what led to this, I obviously wandered over to the Apex...

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The Sea – John Banville

Review: At sea in a waterlogged tale of pretentiousness. I love literature and literary fiction. I don’t demand that my favourite authors and books have a distinct plot or fall into a fixed genre. I don’t need to ‘identify’ with the main characters, and in fact there don’t even really...

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Country of the Pointed Firs – Sarah Orne Jewett

Review: Perfect for a holiday read – or for dreaming about being on holiday. It’s not very often that I finish a book and immediately want to read everything else by that author. It happened with Tove Jansson, Elizabeth von Arnim and now again with Sarah Orne Jewett. An unnamed...

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Brittle Star Magazine

I’m very pleased to say that my short story “Pharaoh’s Daughter” has been published in Issue 35 of Brittle Star Magazine. I’ve been kicking this story around for ages, finessing and reworking it dozens of times. It’s nice that I can now finally consider it done and it has a...