Future Gone, by Alexandar Tomov Jnr, Reviewed.

Translated from Bulgarian by Margarita Dogramadzyan. This collection of short stories is bizarre, dreamlike, surreal. The stories themselves hold both intelligent insight and moral lessons. Unfortunately, either the translation or the original writing lack proper editing. They read like first drafts. The thoughts are put down but there’s no sign of revision and they therefore …

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The Summer That Melted Everything, by Tiffany McDaniel, Reviewed.

I was invited to read and review this book by the author, and did so via the services of NetGalley. Reading: what is it? A way of vicariously living? A route into the lives of others? A key to the insight of the wise and experienced? It’s these and so much more. Over the past …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #24

This series is aimed at helping writers use the right words to express their meaning. All thoughts and comments are welcome. As a writer, you want to inspire readers with joy, stoke their terrors, romance them with love, overwhelm them with horror. This set of posts examines ways of influencing mood by selecting the ‘right’ …

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Progress on the WIP: SciFi in the Making.

This week I’ve moved up to 65,572 words in the second rewrite, so another 32,290 words forced through the processor. With luck, and application, I should start on the next phase at the end of the coming week. That’s the part where I make sure exactly the right words are in place and check that …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #23

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #22

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Making Friends with the Crocodile, by Mick Canning, Reviewed.

Some writers have obviously occupied the place they’re writing about. Mick Canning is one such. The immersive depth of settings in this book is so great that the reader feels like a resident. But this book is primarily about injustice and casual cruelty to women in India. That this is a traditional aspect of life …

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Progress on the WIP: Sci-Fi in the Making.

This week’s progress report reveals I’m now 33282 words into the second rewrite, so only 13,483 words pushed through the mincer this week. It’s been a bit busy on other fronts, but I’m getting there. Some interesting twists and turns occurring in the story, making it tighter and more tense. Looking forward to finishing this …

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Searching for the Right Words? Tip #21

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Tiger Blood, by Penny Grubb, Reviewed.

We were introduced to D.S. Martyn Webber in Buried Deep (an excellent read) but in Tiger Blood he takes centre stage. His home life is complicated by an event he’d rather not remember, but the woman involved won’t let him off that easily. The results of his indiscretion haunt him throughout this superb crime novel. …

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