Finding stories in: Flickr photos

flickr faves mosaicPaging through my flickr faves this week, I found some great faces & places to put in stories. And then I put them together and got excited…

What do you think is going on in these?

I’m going with:

Teen witch uses colour-coded music to romance a friendly thief;

A girl who’s only ever lived in the clouds comes down to earth for the first time (and doesn’t know yet that she can’t get back up);

And the girl upside down in the road really shouldn’t have trusted Smug Uniform Girl, and will have to find one rogue shaman in a town of millions if she ever wants to go home again.

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Until recently, I hadn’t followed many portrait photographers, but now I’m on the prowl for more. Let me know if you know of any cool ones. My flickr fave page is here, and you can follow me if you’re a, um, Flickrer too.

Do go visit the photographers via the links above – plenty more goodness where these came from.

Coming up soon: Finding stories in: Pinterest Boards. I’ll share the boards I keep for story-ideas, & maybe reveal a few hidden boards I’ve built for works-in-progress. I know it’s hard to use Pinterest and not just get distracted by pictures of Ian Somerhalder, but it is possible. Just.

Currently (re) reading: I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith.
Currently writing: trying to get started on the next revision of Colour Novel. ‘Don’t Panic’ is the best writing advice I’ve received this week.
Now playing: Warrior in Woolworths, X-Ray Spex.

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Juror for British Fantasy Awards 2014

Have belatedly noticed that the juries for this year’s British Fantasy Awards have been officially announced, so now I can tell you –  I’m a juror again, yay!

I was chuffed to be asked back again this year, but had to remember not to mention it before the official post went up. Which I then totally missed. Oops. In my defense, I forgot most things during May while I was finishing that last draft. No kitchen fires, but my head was so elsewhere that I wouldn’t have been surprised.

I’m on the jury for Best Small Press  - which means a hell of a lot of reading, as we’re considering overall output from several small presses, as opposed to those namby-pamby Best Novel jurors who only have to decide between  a handful of books ;-)

I think the plan is to announce details of the nominees for all categories this Friday, at the British Fantasy Society open night in London.

More details of the other juries here, and I’ll try to remember to  link to the nominee announcement once that’s out. Congrats in advance, everyone, and good luck!

Update: details of all shortlisted nominees are now up on the British Fantasy Society site.

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Rhian Salvatore

Aw, another Season Finale! Already? What about my Damon fix?
***{Spoilers below the playlist}***

So, that was Season 5, huh? Well, I’m glad it was an improvement on season 4. No, I don’t give a crap about the travellers either, but I really didn’t give a crap about Silas. Immortal invulnerable baddy with no tragic/romantic backstory or hope of redemption = YAWN. At least Klaus had daddy issues and loneliness.

Also, while Nina Dobrev pulls off multiple personas with ease – Sweet Elena! Sired Elena! Switched Elena! Evil Katherine! Elena and Katherine pretending to be each other! Original Doppelganger girl who’s name never registered! Etc – Silas only ever seemed like Grumpy Old Stefan to me.

Oops, that turned into an anti-Silas rant. Sorry. No, I probably wouldn’t be complaining if there were two Ian Somerhalders on screen. And wasn’t Katherine amazing this time around? I’ll miss her, though I’ve already forgotten what happened to her mopey daughter.

Season 6 can’t come fast enough for me. I love the prospect of Alaric coming back (though given a choice I’d be 100% #TeamLexi) and all the new, angsty ways that Elena and Damon can be unrequited across the planes.


Nothing like belly-twistingly conflicted supernatural romance to get me tuning in. Speaking of, Staroline has been begging to happen for ages now so I do hope that comes to something next time. Ahem.

In the meantime, I’ve found a motherlode of Mystic Falls themed playlists on 8tracks, so I can get that gut-wrenching hormonal angst hey-i’m-17-again feeling triggered whenever I want.

All 8track playlists tagged with ‘Vampire Diaries’ should turn up in the player below. Click play if you want to spend the summer between seasons swooning like me…

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This week I am mostly:

Listening to: Little Trouble Girl, by Sonic Youth. I recommend everyone else does, too.

Excited about: Seeing Throwing Muses twice in September, both times with Tanya Donnelly performing too! I booked the tickets a week ago but still get thrills every time I remember it’s happening.

Why yes, I did wear a lot of flannel in the 90s. How astute of you.

Reading: have started three books & not settled on any of them as my main read yet. They are: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken, one of my favourites from school (I remember it being Extremely Dramatic when I was about seven, wolves nipping at carriages in the snow).
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, Neil Gaiman, which I’ve had waiting since Ruth & Clara & I saw Sir Gaiman at the Peacock Theatre last year. The Hempstocks have just been introduced. Porridge, ponds & the second sight – they remind me a bit of my fortune-telling Nan.
Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore, which I bought for my mum for her birthday but have greedily kept for myself instead. This is a big hardback that I am too lazy to lug around, though, so I might let her have it after all & buy myself the Kindle version. I’ll miss the pretty maps inside the cover, but have a better chance of finishing it that way & I’m eager to return to Monsea.

Circling around: starting the next rewrite of my novel. At the moment I’m at the standing far away, prodding it with sticks, ready to bolt at the slightest provocation stage. I know I’ve been at this stage before, because I made this sign for myself last year:

I’ve  launched a counter-offence against the draft-bomb by telling people I’m going to let them read it in August. THIS AUGUST. 2014. Gulp.  I have to gussy it up a lot before then. Which means this blog post gets  classified under Procrastination, and must be stopped…

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