Back to the Beginning: Poem Diaries

I’m really bad at keeping a diary. I’ve always wanted to maintain one, but it always falls apart after a couple of weeks. It’s not that I don’t have anything interesting to say, its the more to do with the form – the whole self-reflexive thing makes me uncomfortable. At the same time, in the […]

Submission Calendar Update

Just a quick one to say I’ve been updating the calendar tonight with a few more submissions I’ve grabbed off the net. You’ll have to crawl through to see what’s new, because I’ve basically been running on automatic whilst watching The Killing. Oh, if you haven’t seen The Killing I’d suggest watching it. I’m working […]

My New Favourite Program: FocusWriter

I’m a huge procrastinator. I know we all are, and we’re probably as bad as each other, but I feel like I’m really really good at procrastinating. Exceptionally so. Which is why I want to talk about FocusWriter, and how it’s helping me to overcome my addiction to ‘getting distracted’. Writing isn’t easy. You have […]

Does Writer’s Block Exist?

If it does then I’m likely in the middle of it, and if it doesn’t then does it mean that I don’t enjoy writing anymore? It’s particularly difficult when working on longer projects, I’m aware of that (university made me *very* aware of that), but this feels very different. I’m struggling with poetry, which is […]

It Begins – The Submissions Calendar

Keeping track of everything that’s going on in literature is difficult. In fact, I’d say it’s impossible. It’s hard enough keeping track of what magazine is open for submissions and when, not to mention the various prizes some of them offer, and then there’s also publishers dishing our reading periods every so often. Oh, and […]

Review: Trafika Europe, ‘Polish Nocturne’

My review of Trafika Europe‘s Polish issue, Polish Nocturne is now live on Sabotage Reviews. What’s not clear from the review is how I intended to concentrate purely on the poetry in the volume, but after starting to read the opening piece by Wiesław Myśliwski, ‘A Treatise on Shelling Beans’ I couldn’t hold back. I […]

A Trip to Dunwich

Dunwich is really good at falling into the sea. It’s been doing it for years, and I thought whilst I was home I’d take the opportunity to go back there and see if it still exists. It does, and that’s great news, because the forest I ‘grew up in’ is located there. There’s also a […]

Food Obsession and Veganism

What gives? I don’t mean to be provocative (and there’s nothing wrong with having an interest in food), but there is a serious serious connection between vegans/veganism and an obsession with all things food, and I just don’t get it. I understand it – it makes sense. I mean, veganism encourages you to look at […]