Nine Worlds 2016

Dear reader, it’s been a while since I updated and certainly on a regular basis. Stuff, Things and Unpleasantness have been happening and I’ve not felt up to chirpily blogging when so much has been going on both in my personal life and in the news. Still, I couldn’t go to my third Nine Worlds without blogging about it, so:

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Nine Worlds 2016: ‘Powerless Fathers and Other Mothers: Examining Family-Friendly Horror’

This went well! Already have ideas for next year’s submission(s)… Bibliography at bottom of page, after talk text. Thank you for coming and/or reading. Continue reading Nine Worlds 2016: ‘Powerless Fathers and Other Mothers: Examining Family-Friendly Horror’

“Witness my banana.”

Dear reader, it’s been a week since Nine Worlds, which doesn’t feel quite right. Here’s my write-up-of-sorts – a small one because yesterday I cleared out my mother’s flat and I’m a bit tired (hence the slight vagueness of this entry).

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Dystopian London: The Unreal City

Dear reader,

Nine Worlds went splendidly – I’ll have a proper write-up/general decompressing post later, but for now here’s the talk I gave on Sunday morning, as promised. Please note this great big warning for torture, general discussion of sex, psychological manipulation and all the other merry things you might associate with dystopian literature. Also, it’s a bit long.

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They’re smiling, not grimacing, honest

Dear reader, I apologise for missing an entry last week – I’ve been going through a long period of fatigue, which is highly unpleasant and results in me not getting much done. It also means that I forget how to open a tin of beans and giggle hysterically if my knees start crunching, but the less said about that the better. Onwards to driving theory, cake and the delights of Lush: the Oxford Street edition, as well as an Exciting Announcement.

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I am one with the nerf

Dear reader, there appears to have been a slight blip in the space-time continuum, which swallowed a couple of weeks; either that or I’ve been busy dealing with a few unpleasantries, so I say let’s blame the lack of blogging on errant proton beams and get on with polishing tin foil hats, my nerf gun ninja skills and the perils of ordering a bacon omelette.

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Nine Worlds

Another post so soon after the first, you ask? Well, yes, I reply, because I’ve just been to Nine Worlds and learned many helpful things, one of which was that setting up a blog is a Good Idea and that it’s polite to introduce yourself first on said blog before launching into sharing your work. So, from the Wonderful Land of Nine Worlds (seriously, I had such a great weekend), I bring you a poem, written for the Creative Writing track’s open reading slam on Sunday evening.

This poem should be bigger,

This poem should be long,

This poem should have covered

Everything within this con.

But all that I remember,

All that I recall —

Apart from Monsterclasses, fiendish quizzes,

Whedon-squeeing, food-geek-being,

Beating up the writer’s block and learning about steam and clocks,

Story-writing, bubble football, poetry readings — is that all?

Ah, yes! That thing that I’ll recall,

My ultimate memory is:

William Shatner Karaoke

At the – Film – Fes – tival – Film…