Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

This is how my day starts and it's bullshit


Can we please start doing something about this? Israel, you are no more a "chosen" people than anyone else on the planet. You don't own everything, or anything for that matter. Stop using religion as a fucking excuse to kill children.

As for Vladimir Putin - I am absoloutely dumbfounded by the fact that the rest of the world has not officially imposed sanctions on you. In fact, it gave you the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup in 2018. Apparently, it doesn't care that you oppress anyone who does not follow the Russian Orthodox Church. You too - stop using religion as a means to impose your tyranny.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Writing Process Blog Hop

Hoppity-hip-hop. Paul Mannering tagged me in a blog-hop about writery stuff. Here goes:

1) What are you working on? 

As per usual, several things at once. A novel and a short story, all in various stages of completion.

The novel: multi-genre: metropolis, anti-hero. More shits, less giggles.

The short story: someone might be mentally unstable. Or not. And if they are, it might save humanity.

>>Secondary objective - remaining sane<<

2) How does your work differ from others of its genre? 

There are very few explosions or chasing. People think and talk. Sometimes nothing obvious happens. I am that movie you complain about because there is no hero.

3) Why do you write what you do? 

It's (a little) easier to address the things I find frustrating about the world - or the things I am trying to understand - through characters and environments. You can mess with a character's head and put them in all sorts of dangerous situations. I like to think of it as couch-surfing my own psyche.

4) How does your writing process work?

There's a writing process? Some days it feels more like a thing you have to corral. Like a stubborn ox. I suppose if I had the luxury of working on fiction 8-10 hours a day I might have a process to speak of (sit down - write) but as it stands, my process essentially exists of writing things down because I can't get them out of my head. Because they're banging around in there. Like a bloody stubborn ox.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, this book is fantastic

I'm a pretty structured person most of the time when it comes to my work schedule because, you know, if I don't make myself work, I don't get paid. Them's the breaks of working for yourself.

Recently, however, I found myself sneaking time out during the day to read the first book in Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation.

What a wonderful book. It's hard to describe really. It's vegative, much like what the story's biologist discovers in the mysterious Area X. What I felt while reading the book was a sense of density, of lushness and characters in a world that was alive. Annihilation reinforces the idea that we live in a glorious, strange and terrifyingly beautiful world, but that its the distance we enforce between ourselves and that world that robs us of our humanity.

This is the new book I'm recommending to everyone, replacing a good couple of years' run by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

The second and third books in the trilogy (Authority and Acceptance) will hit shelves later this year in May and September. I'm counting the days, seriously. Why do we have to wait? Why?

"We are looking for open-minded individuals passionate about pushing the boundaries of science. Have you got what it takes?

Well do you?