Couldn’t that jazz musician have his cake and eat it too? Okay, okay, it was a workshop, but that word just doesn’t fit right if it’s so much fun! How does one deal with zombies in the workplace? The 7th Villa Diodati expat writers workshop was held in the idyllic and snow-covered village of Obereggenen…

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And suddenly there were the first 1,000 words of a new story, inspired by the mysteries surrounding one George Hayes. His name first turned up last year, on our map of the Azores Islands, marking a spot on the shore of a crater lake on the island of Sao Miguel. Oddly enough, no one on…

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My wife and I made a 600-kilometer circuit of the central Netherlands by bicycle a few weeks back; during that wonderful trip, I’ve learned that riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to see a country up close.* The Dutch countryside, I’ve discovered, is so pretty it looks like a foreign country. Of…

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There are places in the world where no one comes. Ever. I’m not thinking of remote areas of Antarctica or unclimbed summits in the Cordilleras de los Andes. Nor do I believe there are bits of jungle in deep, dark Ruanda that will never be seen by human eyes. No, I’m thinking of the armpits…

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Writing is, almost by definition, a lonely occupation.* Fortunately, that doesn’t stop “us writers” from flocking together at the least provocation. Be it a signing, or a Con, or a workshop; any excuse is good enough to get together and act geeky. The latest occurance of this flocking behaviour was the second Villa Diodati Writers’…

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Flying to London last Sunday with my girlfriend to attend the London Book Fair, hang out at the New Era (Galaxy Press) booth and meet publishers, I was very aware that by ratio of money spent to hours at destination it might very well be the most expensive trip I’ve ever undertaken. We arrived at…

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My First Appearance! I’ll be at the London Book Fair this Sunday afternoon, at the ExCel London venue. Feel like coming over? It’s a great opportunity to get a first peek at the Writers of the Future 2005 documentary (directed by Taron Lexton of United fame). And of course, there may be some copies of…

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It may not be the most obvious thing to have learned from Charles Brown, but it turned out to be a very useful lesson nevertheless: the proper pronunciation of ‘Arrrrrg!’ Charlie Brown is editor of Locus Magazine, the essential resource for any speculative fiction writer. Like in 2004, he made an appearance at the Writers…

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