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Fri, Feb. 4th, 2011, 05:14 pm
A Fictional Reality

In Fiction We Trust?

Wow. It seems like I may have become fictional in these parts. Far too long since I posted, despite best intentions. So it goes.

1st things 1st. Today is Russell Hoban's 86th birthday, to celebrate, have a quote from the first novel of his that I ever read:

Empty Spaces

‘A sense of loss pervades the paintings of Peter Diggs,’ wrote the critic Cecil Berkeley about my last show at the Fanshawe Gallery. ‘His palette is muted his compositions unsettling. The figures in his pictures seem about to depart, and there are odd empty spaces that make the viewer wonder who or what is coming.’

But that’s life, isn’t it? And those of us who think about the empty spaces tend to paint pictures, write books or compose music. There are many talented people who never will become painters, writers, or composers; the talent is in them but not the empty spaces where art happens,

Russell Hoban
Amaryllis Night and Day

The empty spaces is one of those things I find myself thinking about at odd moments within moments. As one does.


What The Stars Hold

My first piece of fiction for 2011 has now gone online, a nasty little piece for all you TV astrology fans... enjoy. Thanks as ever to Weaponizer

Also, a podcast went online during December, a series of flash fiction pieces based on the 12 Days of Christmas. My short submission Five Gold Rings was one of the selected pieces. You can hear it at Dark Fiction.


I have a number of other stories online from 2010, a number of which it appears I never linked here, so here is a summary of whats out there:


Prospective Parliamentary Candidate No. 1
The Lady
Cut Now, Cut Deep

Telling of Tales: Podcast

The Gods Are Small Birds


Blood & Souls
1. Survivor
2. No Survivor
When Gretchen Met Sally
Red Fever

Push Art

Also worth noting I've set up a tumblr to document/collect and Push Art!

Fri, Feb. 4th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)

Hey, nice to see you!
Happy Birthday to Mr. Hoban. I'm quite grateful to you for introducing me to his works. :)
I'll be sure to check out your stories. :)

Fri, Feb. 4th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)

glad that you enjoy his work.
just re-read amaryllis and enjoyed it even more than 1st time.

hope you enjoy my stories!

heard this and thought you might enjoy it
podcast story - haruki murakami cameo appearance...