Litro Magazine and the Modals of Lost Opportunity

Every month the funky and fiction-packed Litro (an online and printed magazine which covers writing, the arts, travel and lifestyle) publishes an interview with an author under the title A Flash Of Inspiration. This month the article is about yours truly and my very short story 'Could Have, Would Have, Should Have'. It's a bit of [...]

Ira Glass, a bridgeable gap and writing crap

There is a certain kind of joy in being part of the social media age because, among the rank garbage and fluffy kitten videos, you occasionally stumble on something worthwhile that plants a seed or reinforces an idea you have. Or maybe it simply represents a truth that gets lost down the 'back of the sofa' of your [...]

Characterisation and the car crash

Some musings on writing. Let's start with three examples: 1. I was in a road traffic accident the other day. I didn't suffer any injuries, though my car may not be repairable. Unfortunately it was my birthday. 2. I had an interesting birthday. Got into a car crash on the motorway. Not a scratch on me but my car is [...]