Forest of Cloth – Author’s Notes

Forest of Cloth - Author's NotesI’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but life keeps getting in the way. Way back in July 2014 I had my story Forest of Cloth published in [untitled] IV. The story was the first story I wrote when I returned to West Lothian Writers (WLW) in January 2009.

Below you will find my thoughts and ideas behind the story and how it all came about. Of course this means there will be spoilers from this point on! You have been warned!

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Black and White Night – Author’s Notes

Black and White Night - Author's Notes

Front cover of Issue 3 of [Untitled]

I am quite surprised I am writing this Author’s Note. Black and White Night started off as a writing experiment after being inspired by a number of different sources, however, after I came across [Untitled] magazine call for submissions on the theme of Black and White, what could be better to submit. Luckily [Untitled] accepted my story and it can now be found in issue three of the magazine.

Below the break you’ll find out what the two stories and the one place in Edinburgh that inspired my story are.

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What I’ve Been Up To

Some of you (if anyone is still checking this page) will notice I haven’t been updating this page for a while. This has been due to other projects and the “day job” getting in the way. However, don’t worry this blog will be back up and running soon with lots of Halloween themed posts and stories, Doctor Who stuff for the anniversary in November but first let’s with a quick break down of what I’ve been up to!

What I've Been Up ToTV Reviews

Outside of work this is what I’ve been working on most. I now have two TV series blogs on Culture Jam for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Homeland. It is safe to say I’m enjoying one of them more than the other – I’ll let you read the reviews to guess which one! To help you here are my reviews so far (with more due to be posted soon)

You can also check out my thoughts on Homeland Series Two here as well!

Movie Reviews

I also reviewed a couple of movies as well. Monsters University, the unneeded prequel to Monsters Inc, is available now while my thoughts on Sunshine on Leith will be up soon. Even if you don’t care about the movie check out my attempts to crowbar in the name of every song from the musical into my review and the damage I did to the English language in the process!

Short Stories

What I've Been Up ToFinally, I’ve got three short stories due to be printed soon. Each story will get their own full Author’s Notes post when they are published.

The first is called Drawn Memories and will be printed in the magazine Far Off Places and should be due out by the end of October. You can read the parent story of Drawn Memories, Pens, on the website right now.

The second is called Black and White Night and will be published soon in the magazine [Untitled]. This tale is a bit of an experiment as the whole story is told in black and white with minimum dialogue. As the magazine has a very small circulation, the story will probably appear on the website around the turn of the year.

The third story Circus of the Wave will be published by Anti-Zine towards the end of November. Written for their circus themed issue, this story is exciting with a fantasy twisted. If you would like to come to the launch party for Anti-Zine you can find the details on either the Facebook event or on the Summerhall website.

Finally, my book of 50 Word Stories is almost finished its first draft and should be available to buy for Christmas. Hopefully a nice wee stoking filler!

Most importantly, there will be more posts soon…I promise!