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12 Books in 12 Months

writing books and blogging about it

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aligeorge

Write silly stories, work in communications, draw occasional comics.

Mixed Feelings on IQ84 – A Book Review

Today I will be talking about IQ84 by Haruki Murakami, a book I finished at half past midnight and have mixed feelings about. This blog post will contain **SPOILERS**, so if you haven’t read it and are planning to do so you may wish to bail. I would offer you this counsel before you head though: if you’ve never read Murakami before, maybe don’t start here.

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An Intense Young Man At An Open Mic Night

This post, entitled An Intense Young Man At An Open Mic Night, could just as easily be called The One Where My Husband Writes A Book. Or the more passive aggressive One Where My Husband Has A Book Out Before I Do And Is Now Dead To Me. Or maybe The One Where My Husband Has A Book Out Next Week But It’s Only Poetry So Pfft. Continue reading “An Intense Young Man At An Open Mic Night”

When Writers Commute

A lot of writers have day jobs. Making a living from wordsmithery alone is not as easy as it was in the days of Shakespeare, when all you had to do was be one of two local writers that could hold a quill in order to go down in history.  These days everyone with a notes function on their phone can have a go, slush piles are the size of the giant redwood, and rather than trawling through them publishers turn to the equally underqualified beautiful celebrities instead. I think that’s how it works, anyway – this précis is brought to you by much reading of articles on the state of publishing today and not through direct experience of having my own work passed over in favour of very tall footballer Peter Crouch.  Continue reading “When Writers Commute”

Should I Start A Blog?

Last week I was asked to go along to the Edinburgh City of Literature monthly salon to say a few words about blogging. I was expecting people to be interested in the mechanics of how to blog, and had even started writing a post with some tips – but the question that came up most was whether people should be doing it at all.

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“Do Women Have Too Many Rights?” – A Clickbait Conundrum

Earlier in the week, a tweet asking the above question made it into my Twitter timeline. This is not my question, hence the fact I have presented it in quotation marks. It was, based on the rules of punctuation, a question asked by BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. Check this oot:  Continue reading ““Do Women Have Too Many Rights?” – A Clickbait Conundrum”

How to Recommend A Book

Happy World Book Night! Yes, it’s back, the annual event that sees volunteers give out free books to encourage a love of reading. However, this year (2017, fact fans) The Reading Agency has approached things a little differently. Rather than distributing free copies of Cloud Atlas willy nilly like a benevolent bookish Easter Bunny, they have stated their intent to be targeted, matching books with specific groups in society who may not read much. Continue reading “How to Recommend A Book”

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