August 24, 2013 § Leave a Comment
As Sense: A collection of short stories has been out for 24 days now, I have some very exciting news. I had a radio interview (recorded on Thursday) and it has now aired. For the next seven days only the link can be listened to here:
(You’ll have to skip to 50 mins approx.)
If you are interested in the collection it can be found and purchased here. I’d love to hear what you think!
August 4, 2013 § Leave a Comment
This collection of short stories varies from issues of the present day, to problematic views of fantastic and tragic futures. The further the reader progresses into the novel, the settings become more futuristic, as the stories are ordered in a hypothetical timeline. Bodybuilding, social media, the media and the justice system are just a few of the concepts that come in to play in these short and fascinating pieces of fiction. Click here to visit the page.
Exclusively on Kindle
July 21, 2013 § 1 Comment
Fantastic news, although I have been incredibly quiet, it has been with good reason. Within the next ten days I will be putting the final touches to a fabulous short story collection. All the news and updates will be published on this appropriately linked blog above.
The book will be called Sense, and touches on what it is to be human and to live in the technologically advancing society that we do. The blog’s homepage shows off a pre-released cover, with the University of Essex’s branding who are endorsing the collection.
OUT JULY 31ST
May 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
A deep message in a hard crime
Leaves us wallowing in our fears,
Blood red hands meet the eyes of every
Social media user
And a man who has lost his mind
And tries and be heard,
Butchering his own message
With the blood of a patriotic symbol.
I’ve heard weak
Diluted with racism and propaganda
By people who need a man to hate
A reason to boil
And bring the bubbles to the ugly surface.
I have heard a petty rhyme scheme
Speculating the victim’s death;
Glorifying the institution of murder
Hiding behind the image of crisp uniforms,
Keeping hardened souls
And corrupt causes.
We are at war,
And yet we believe there is no battleground at home?
We are at war.
A British soldier stabbed a ten-year-old boy,
Where is the justice in that?
Our soldiers fight for no just cause,
They are only lost, directed by the madness
Of those above
Who play God with others’ lives
And mislead with their rhetoric and guile.
People blame religion,
Fighting the building blocks of mosques:
These are the ones that cannot see the truth in the spaces of the politicians’ words
As it trickles through in the tears over those lost and never found.
The war on terror
Becomes only as absurd as those who scream at it.
As fear becomes an excuse
Not an explanation for war,
April 14, 2013 § 5 Comments
Why fight the sheep,
When it is so easy to be carried along
By their soft wool
And steady bleating.
You see the black sheep,
And are envious of his wool,
But he still follows the rest
And fights for a place amongst the rest.
As you are huddled up
With them all surrounding,
The air thins
Despite the open fields.
Every sheep follows the dogs orders,
But it is time
- Finally -
To step out on your hind legs,
And test who you are
Against your own wits
Accepting the judgements of others.
Take a breath of fresh air,
Feel your own surroundings.
April 13, 2013 § 1 Comment
It is my contentness,
The curl of my smile
And the strength of my palm
As I shake another’s hand.
It is the echo of my footsteps
As my shoes percuss upon the ground.
The sentiment fulfils me
Ensuring the pace of my steps.
I am simple and straightforward;
And completely uncomplicated
Within the solid boundaries
Of my sense of self.
I feel my fingertips,
Beat with my heart,
See with my eyes
And listen with my ears.
March 20, 2013 § 6 Comments
5/5 This is a novel with controvery at the centre of it. Yes, it is incredibly bloody, graphic and heartless, but that does not mean you should squeamishly put it to one side. While reading this I had to pause with one hand to my mouth as unspeakable acts were spoken of in depth.
American Psycho is difficult to get through, I’m not going to pretend that I laughed through it but now that I’ve got through the other side I am glad that I saw it through. Once you see past the mindless brands and understand that the novel is a satire (Ellis’ aims were to expose this way of life not to say look how disturbed I am), you can admire the novel for its irony. The film is well known for its business card example and there are more ready to surprise you throughout the text.
I gave this novel a 5/5 as it really makes you think, criticise and question how different we are from the protagonist. No, I am not a mass murderer nor do I fantasise about it, but it did make me question the images that we conform to in everyday lives, as well as our obsession with expensive brands.
If you are going to embark on this literary journey however, I do recommend that you view it from a distance, this is such great fiction as it is fiction. We are meant to be alienated from the characters.