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Creepy Dolls (and how this one demanded to have stories written about it)

The Uncanny Valley You may have come across the concept of the “uncanny valley”. This is the strangeness that humans perceive when something is very close to resembling a human, but isn’t quite right. The reason for it being described

Posted in 2018, Books, Writing

What price research?

Heide and I are currently working on third and fourth books in the Oddjobs series. If you’ve not read them (and you can get the first one HERE) then we should explain that they’re comedy horror novels about the government

Posted in 2018, Books, Writing

Talking about Genres – Welcome to my Genre

Writers, publishers and readers talk about genre a lot. It’s how bookshops decide where a book belongs. It’s used to draw up charts, award prizes and produce those “If you liked this book, you might also like…” messages on-line retailers

Posted in Genre, Uncategorized, Writing Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Short story: A Christmas Baby

We offer to you a Christmas short story, featuring Baby. You might have seen pictures of Baby before, if you follow us on social media. Our relationship with Baby was originally intended to be a short-term one, mainly for some

Posted in 2017, Writing

10 ways to fight Blue Monday

Blue Monday – a fake media construct? Blue Monday used to refer to washing, but in recent years it’s the day that the newspapers tell us that we are all supposed to be at our most miserable. The combination of weather, dark

Posted in 2017, How-to's, Reflections, Writing Tagged with: ,

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

Thanks to Jacqui Rowe, who nominated us, we’re taking part in the “My Writing Process” blog tour. You can see Jacqui’s blog at http://brummagemscrewdriver.com/2014/04/ The idea is that we answer 4 questions about our writing process: 1) What are we

Posted in 2014, Writing Tagged with: ,

Ten To One really taking off!

  Ten To One, the brilliant collaborative writing project from Pigeon Park Press is really taking off.   Over 10,000 people looked at the chapters posted on Facebook and via e-mail newsletter earlier this month. Over 250 individuals voted for

Posted in 2013, Writing Tagged with: ,

First Ten To One chapters available to read on-line!

  The first chapters are here! In case you didn’t know, I’m referring to the first chapters of the Ten To One novel, which is being collaboratively written by ten brilliant and upcoming authors (click on the link above if you still

Posted in 2013, Writing Tagged with: , ,

Pippa Middleton’s writing tips

  You might find these useful Pippa Middleton was kind enough to share her writing tips with us. Well we think it was her. It is possible that Clovenhoof got hold of some headed notepaper. They do sound like the

Posted in 2013, How-to's, Writing Tagged with: ,

Sitcom collaborations – Keith Lindsay

  Keith Lindsay has very kindly written a guest post for us. Keith is a TV comedy writing veteran. He has worked on projects including Birds of  Feather, Green, Green Grass, TV sketch shows and he has also written for stand-ups. Keith’s

Posted in 2013, How-to's, Writing Tagged with: , , , , , , ,