Short Story a Day

Lovely Pile of Books

Lovely Pile of Books

As anyone who knows me must realise by now, I love the short story form.

I thought it would be interesting to see if I could read a short story a day for a whole year…

I’m currently building a collection of collections and anthologies and this picture is of what I’ve rustled up from the unread section of our books and is probably three months of reading there.

I’ve also got a lot of end-of-year science fiction and horror collections on my kindle but I want to complete the year with physical books.

I did a small shout out on Twitter to see if anyone had any suggestions;

and I’m going to work through that to see which ones I want to add to the pile.

I’ll start a thread on Twitter where I’ll list what I’ve read and what I think of it, but there will also be a page setup on this blog so I can say a bit more about the short stories I read.

If you have a favourite collection why not let me know?


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Slow Blogging

Slow Blogging

Slow Blogging

I was again starting to plan out an aggressive timetable of blog and social media posts to help me become a ‘successful’ blogger with a ‘successful’ blog. Filling all the metrics of hits, likes and client interactions.

These are the things the Internet and ‘people’ tell you are required to be a good and successful blogger.

I then suddenly realised that the only person I’m really blogging for is myself, and if others like or get some pleasure/use from what I wrote or post that is a wonderful bonus.

Even though there has been at least one post a day for most of the last couple of months on one platform or another, I don’t expect to make a daily post, they will come when I have something to say or show, and hopefully will be all the better for it.

I have a lot of content and reviews to put on the blog but there may also be times when RealLife™ intrudes as I have to work a lot of hours to make ends meet.

I’m consolidating my blogs, going back to blogging for fun and slowing down. Hopefully this will have me reading for fun again as well.


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Mirroring and Consolidation

All Change!

All Change!

It’s with a bit of regret (and trepidation) that I have to start to mirror Indie Bookshops and Indie Publishers information on to this site in preparation of winding down both those sites.

I just don’t have the time to do anything with them outside of tinkering as money is tight and I’m doing more hours working for others and on other things to get some more of that filthy lucre, and if I can’t get that do more to support the person in the house who does.

The idea is that I’ll still keep adding information but on this site and as part of my irregular blogging rather than try to make something separate out of the two ideas/projects.

Initially I’ll be mirroring all the information from those sites onto here, but eventually when the domain renewals come up I’ll be closing them down.

So nothing will be lost and information will continue to be added but at a more ‘hobbylike’ pace, I’ll also still be writing the weekly newsletter without changing the format just where the links go.

Essentially I’m going back to being a book blogger with some side projects doing things at a more leisurely pace rather than trying to be a ‘business’ and hopefully I’ll start enjoying the whole thing again.


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Essence of the North

What is the “Essence of the North?”
Curlew
That is what is being asked by The Northerner Blog in the Guardian today. They are asking for contributors to post an image that captures the essence of the North.

Whose North? There is always the chocolate box image of Dales and Moors, unbroken wilderness, apart from James Herriot careening across them in his old car. Hills and lakes, unspoilt beaches and little stone villages shimmering in the sunset.

Alleys

There is the Christian North, the North of Cathedrals, Saints and Holy Islands. Pilgrimages across the land, fleeing from Viking pillagers, writing works of illuminated art and deciding the way forward for the catholic church.

Or there is the smashed North, the North of Thatcher’s cruelty and industrial decline. A once proud heritage of steel and chemical works, pit villages, ship building and union activity. The Jarrow marchers and Quaker sensibilities. The first locomotives and the crucible of Britain’s industrial revolution.

Book of Kells

The North I know is an area where people live in great diversity and try to get on with their lives, but has time to commission some of the best public art in the country and has made a feature of regeneration through art projects such as The Sage, The Baltic, Temenos, Hepworth Gallery and The Angel of the North. This large scale development mixes well with the industrial heritage of the area and sits well, all of the above is the North I know and to try and distill an essence is not really needed, just celebrate it all, in images, words and imagination.

originally published 9/7/12


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