lately

Will Christopher Baer – The Age of Reason – Truthfully, I still haven’t read this story but I love Baer and I’m really excited for his non-fiction book that’s coming out soon(?) ish(?) on his time working in psychiatric institutions. And I’ll probably read it by the end of the day. If you haven’t read the Phineas Poe trilogy – get on it.

Plucking Apples of Silver and Gold – Interview with the amazing Clive Barker.

Weaveworld, though I only read it two years ago, has had a profound influence on me and how I want to create my fiction. It’s arguable that that book is a bit too long but so what.

Still working my way, slowly through the Books of Blood.

The Then and Now of the Russian Internet Research Agency – 20 Minutes into the Future.

I’m fascinated by the world we operate within and how I know far, far less of it than I really should. Reading articles like these and others from the same writer helps put things into some perspective.

George Saunders interview at The Paris Review – So many takeaways from this.

“The difference between a so-so writer and a good one, or a good one and a great one, is in the quality of the intuitive decisions she’s able to make at speed.” – George Saunders

And lastly, I’m obsessed with this song by Phoebe Bridgers… Have a listen.

Losing the Plot

A few months ago I had a really great conversation with Leo on the Losing the Plot podcast.

An aptly named podcast for the times in which we live.

It was a really fun conversation and we talked about all sorts of things including how no one asked us to be writers and how we probably shouldn’t be in politics.

Have a listen if you fancy.

Arm Cast Podcast

Recently, I was the guest on the Arm Cast Podcast hosted by Armand Rosamilia.

We talked about the anthology we’re both in (Arterial Bloom), pretending to be pro wrestlers, getting started in fiction, and the ever-changing game of publishing.

It was my first ever podcast interview and Armand was a really great person to chat to.

Happy listening!

Some lovely words about “Mouths Filled with Seawater”

Last week (on my birthday, no less) my friend Kev Harrison let me know of this interview over on Writers, After Dark.

Mercedes M. Yardley, the editor of Arterial Bloom, said some lovely things about my first ever published story “Mouths Filled with Seawater”.

“It is dreamy and obsessive and terrifying and beautiful.”

Mercedes M. Yardley

On top of that, I was in the top three stories she chose from the anthology!

Needless to say, I was levitating for the rest of the day.

It’s a great interview and packed with interesting bits about publishing, writing, and submitting to anthologies.

You can listen to the full thing here