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Celebration of Iain Banks

Iain 3In my line of work, people occasionally send me press releases about interesting booky things that are occurring.  I received such a missive yesterday from the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust on the subject of a season of events celebrating Iain Banks.

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What’s In A Name

Last weekend I did some writing in a coffee shop, as is the style of Edinburgh based persons with an interest in penning fiction for children.

Story I am working on in blue.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – A Day in My Life

This week’s photo challenge is to take you through a day in my life, so what follows is my Easter Sunday.  I have tried to allude to the fact that even though I didn’t write much yesterday, I though about stories and storytelling a lot – that is pretty much how I exist from day to day.  There are explanatory captions attached to these, and if you click on the first one you’ll get the pictures in an exciting slideshow.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

I found it hard to come up with something for this week’s prompt – hence the lateness (it’s technically last week’s prompt at this point).  The prompt, as you may have gathered from the title of the post, was home.  I’ll stop saying prompt now.

I mused on this for a while, looking at other people’s submissions (houses, family, pets) and felt thoroughly uninspired.  Then my other half put on a CD, and a thought occurred.  Home is somewhere familiar and comforting – somewhere my brain recognises as safe.   I feel this in a number of places, but I can actually create that sense of well being artificially wherever I am – through the power of love music.  Certain songs make me feel at ease, because I associate them with places I feel at home.

And that’s why I photographed a bunch of CDs that have travelled with me from home with my parents to university and three different flats in Edinburgh.  Why on the radiator?  Just because.

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And the best thing about this is, now we can play the super fun game of name all those CDs!

Or not.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

This week’s photo prompt is ‘beyond‘ – here are mine.  I got some strange looks from joggers this evening, tromping about taking pictures of the darkness like a goth who’s taking things a bit too seriously…
IMG_0079Beyond the trees above you can see the heart of Edinburgh… But beyond these trees lies something else entirely:

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Call for Submissions

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might be aware that when I’m not writing I sometimes act as Media Officer for Homespun, a new children’s theatre company.  Now I am cannily combining the two in the interests of raising cash to send our show, East of the Sun West of the Moon (which was pretty well received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year) on tour in 2013.  I am putting together an eBook of folk and fairy stories, with all proceeds going towards redevelopment and production costs.  I am therefore looking for bright young things to donate their stories in the interests of supporting new children’s theatre.  If you or someone you know is a bright young thing, please read on for more information…

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Should I Take A Writing Class?

Found this by googling ’30 Rock Teapot’… From rockmywedding.com

Although I’ve written stories since I was a kid, I’ve never felt the need to take a course in writing.

I studied English until second year of university, and there were elements of creative writing throughout school, but the main focus was always on work by other people.

This was never really an issue for me because I’ve always maintained that you learn by doing, so I spend a lot of my time reading, writing and then reading and writing a bit more.  Then watching fifteen episodes of 30 Rock back to back with a pot of tea.

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Checking In

Since posting that interview with Jane Bradley, I have mostly: started a new job on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival doing considerably longer hours than I’ve ever done before (72 last week – but I love it), written an entry for the Pictonaut challenge that I failed to actually post, neglected to write my August column for the Broughton Spurtle, failed to write any blog posts for Ten Tracks, kept a pinkie finger grip on Homespun stuff (we got a five star review from Fest magazine, woo hoo!), had a short story accepted for a podcast, and turned 27.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

However, this post is really to tell you that the new job combined with further Homespun stuff essentially means things continue in this vein till the end of August.  I had originally planned to do lots of posts about the Edinburgh International Book Festival, but I’m now unsure how much stuff I’ll actually be able to go to.   However, I will do my very best to pop along when I can and those of you who follow me on Twitter will be the first to know if I actually manage it!

In the meantime, I will be posting an interview with Jen Newby (who wrote a guest post for me a few weeks back) tomorrow, and I’ll post July’s Pictonaut at the end of the week (the build up doesn’t really match the content, but nevermind).  You can also read a post by me on Dorky Mum’s blog about the joys of putting together a Fringe show across a 400 mile distance, if you like.

Oh, and kindle owners – Beyond the Horizon, a book of short stories (one of which is mine) is now available electronically for the princely sum of £4.11.  If you buy it, I get actual royalties – about 70p last quarter.  So much for those stories about penniless authors, eh!

Q and A

Q. How is the editing of the 12 books thing going?

A. … Slowly.

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