12 Books in 12 Months

writing books and blogging about it



Je Ne Regrette Rien

I wrote a short story about a French orphan called Elodie Laroche, and the nice people at Outside Thoughts (a fiction podcast) got an actor called Amy Hall to read it out at an event in Glasgow.  You can listen to it at this link:

Short Story Performance

Yesterday’s post has been rendered slightly redundant by the fact that the writing classes I was looking at are all full.  That’s what happens when you haver…  However, I’ll be more on the ball for the next round. Thanks to everyone who left me advice, you’re all stars!

In the meantime, can you access Glasgow with ease?  Do you like listening to stories?  Well then you should head along to The Old Hairdressers tomorrow (Thursday 13th) at 7pm to hear the recording of Outside Thoughts, a short story podcast.  The very first story, Je Ne Regrette Rien, was written by me and is being performed by ‘a great young actress’ according to the people behind the project, which I’m sure you will agree is excitingly cryptic.

Unfortunately I have a prior engagement (seeing A Dream on a Midsummer’s Night as performed by the wondrous Wee Stories in Portobello) so I will have to listen online later, and of course I will stick up a link when it goes live – but if you want to soak up the ambience as it happens then you should very much do so.  It’s only £2!

Find Outside Thoughts on Twitter @ShortFictionPod and on Facebook here.

Blogs You Should Read

Back in March, Sandra from 12 Novels in 12 Months nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award and I failed to do the requisite thank you and pass it on post.  Better late than never though, right…?

Except it gets worse, because also in March, Sarah from 12 Months of Creativity nominated me for the exact same award, and I didn’t thank her either.   Verily, I am a shocker.

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28 Drawings Later – Interview with Victoria Evans

Another day, another hare brained scheme!  Today on 12 books, the ‘do a creative thing in a short space of time’ mantra strikes again, this time in the format of 28 Drawings Later – a project begun by artist Victoria Evans last year.  She wants YOU to draw something every day in February and upload it to Facebook in a constantly evolving digital art exhibition.  I asked her why.

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Interview: Kohl Publishing

Kohl Publishing is a new independent Scottish publisher set up by Lesley Dickson and Leila Cruikshank earlier this year.  I chatted to them about chick lit, why they decided to go it alone, and the inescapable topic of the digital revolution…

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Interview: Weaponizer

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This week’s guest post is an interview with the editor of online magazine Weaponizer (and general polymath) Bram E. Gieben, also known on the internet as Texture

He spoke to me about SF, online publishing and making a terrible discovery about Grant Morrison…

Can you describe Weaponizer for anyone that hasn’t come across it before?

Weaponizer publishes fiction online in several forms – flash fiction (stories under a thousand words), short stories (1000 – 8000 words), serial fiction (ongoing stories of novel or novella length), and webcomics. We also publish nonfiction articles and essays on everything from film to music to the occult.

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