Dysprosium : SciFi Convention

Dysprosium was the 66th annual UK SciFi Convention, held at Easter 2015. (Yes, I'm still playing "catch-up".) Overview Weird and wacky, thoughtful and intelligent, and a Real Ale bar permanently packed-out with hobbits. Well, not real hobbits, but hairy folk wearing homespun and sandals. (For my non-UK readers, Real Ales are traditional beers produced by smaller breweries with …

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From Blocking To Overflow

If, as I suggested in an earlier post, writers have more ideas than they can cope with, how about Writer's Block? And is it a creativity killer? Block prevents the transfer of ideas into word-count on the page. The idea is usually in there, somewhere, but not well-formed enough to get past our internal filters. Sometimes, …

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FollowBack Mountain?

"Build a platform", they all said, to become famous and influential before you publish your first novel. Market something that does not exist? We used to call it "vapourware", now it's "work-in-progress". But I followed conventional wisdom... I joined a dozen or more platforms, forums and exchanges. I participated in campaigns to encourage Followers and at …

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136 days – how was it for you?

Here we are, day 136 of 2013 (that's 37% of the year gone). And how is everyone getting along? So far, it's been a good year for me, creatively... TWO Liebster awards runner-up in a LinkedIn microfiction contest (on a writers' vote) my short story, "Conservation", accepted for publication spent a few, happy weeks on a movie …

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