Well July’s certainly been an interesting month – there was the hugely successful Zombie Luv contest, I tried out my 6 part mini serial The Man I Want To Be and both Mrs Bazelli and Mr Watkins were both kind enough to give me the “One Lovely Blog Award”. Receiving any sort of merit is always a pleasant surprise but to receive it from two such, genuinely talented individuals really means a lot so thanks to Tessa and Stephen for that. Now – onto the roundup!
Zombie Luv: Rose by AlphaDelia
This was my favourite entry in the Zombie Luv competition (and came 2nd place in the readers’ poll).
Fox, Goose and Grain Riddle by John Wiswell
I’ve flagged John in this category before but couldn’t resist highlighting his great take on the old Goose, Grain and Fox riddle. It’s great to read about someone finally getting one over on this old chestnut!
Tranquility by Cathryn Grant
A classic example of Cathryn’s “suburban noir” work – a familiar setting and an everyday scenario quickly escalates into something very sinister.
Character Sheet by Jody Hedlund
Okay so this isn’t advice but an excellent check list of features and characteristics for putting together your characters. It might feel a little clinical breaking your lovely creations down into fields but its a really handy way of thinking about things you might skip over otherwise.
Platform by Stephen Watkins
Stephen gives a well founded argument against the surge of blogs and books saying you need to build a platform and an audience if you ever want to get published and urges writers to remember that a platform isn’t much good if you haven’t actually written anything!
Divenire by Ludovico Einaudi
Not actually a new album but I felt it was about time I wrote a bit about Ludovico Einaudi, the wonderful Italian pianist and composer. I love listening to his work whilst writing so much so that there’s a character in my novel loosely inspired by him. His work is melancholic, uplifting and inspiring – seriously, go check him out.
Title image courtesy williac