After the realisation that I ought to rename the character of ‘the salesman’, given he doesn’t ever sell you anything, I went through a bit of a crisis. I trawled through thesauruses. I surveyed people for synonyms. I looked up official industry jargon from exhibitions, call centres, and pyramid schemes.…Continue reading
When discussing the creative writing process, people often talk about writers in two different camps: ‘planners’, those who outline upfront then write to that outline, and ‘pantsers’, those who write spontaneously. Or by the seat of their pants, as you’d have to say to understand why bloomers were suddenly brought into the conversation.…Continue reading
There’s a saying about the best laid plans… Hmm, maybe I should have planned this post better and googled it.
L. Whyte and I decided at the beginning of this (overwhelmingly large) project that she’d create her (overwhelmingly beautiful) artwork in vectors and pass it on to me in a scalable vector graphic (SVG) format, which can be scaled up and down to fit any screen size or device without losing image quality.…Continue reading
It’s Sunday night and I’m just home from one of Joy Swift’s Original Murder Mystery Weekends – delightful, deathful, and a real mouthful.
With a stressful, finish-all-of-the-things! week at work followed by a stressful, solve-all-the-mysteries! weekend away from my laptop, Cuthbert didn’t get very much love this week, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about.…Continue reading
In fairy tales, characters rarely have names. Who they are isn’t as important as what they are – jealous step-mothers, kind-hearted wives of ogres, dim-witted butter-under-their-hat-wearers…
That’s what drives the story to its end.
Its inevitable, gory, eyes-gouged-out-by-birds end.
Spoiler: every single fairy tale ever written.…Continue reading