Category Archives: Writing

A mixed bag

I have been working hard on my children’s story The Second Kind of Darkness in the last two months. The end is in sight. Putting the story aside for a few years has really helped. Time is a great editor. I’ve … Continue reading

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Omega day

Long ago I decided that the last day of the year should be treated with the sort of extreme caution owed to a snake in a sack. And at this time of year I often think about The Omega Man (1971) a … Continue reading

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On floweriness

My wife pointed me to a piece in The Guardian about the UK’s National Curriculum and the tendency for primary school teachers to steer children’s creative writing towards “too elaborate, flowery and over-complex” language to meet assessment criteria. An issue raised … Continue reading

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Visiting the Brontës

The importance of the author’s intentions in reading a novel or poem has been a hotly-argued subject. What became known as ‘The Intentional Fallacy’ (after a essay by Monroe Beardsley and W.K. Wimsatt) suggested that the author’s thinking about their own … Continue reading

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Hey! Hey! Hey!

This Gary Larson cartoon has haunted me for ages. I would want, however, my helmet to decode what human beings are actually saying. In fact, in my darkest moments, I wonder what the hell it is I am actually saying, especially … Continue reading

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