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- October Editorial 2009
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Oct 25th 2009 Damnit,
another birthday looms. Time to lock away all the mirrors for good.
Worse our Indian summer int he UK has ended. Now the clocks go back and
wionter approaches. Birthday boys thoughts turn to Florida... oh to be
a snow bird.
Week Four of the University term begins. The MA is in full swing and you
can sample some of the work in the upcoming November issue. In November we have
Will Atkins from Macmillan Publishers coming down to keen them on track
and talk of the pitfalls to avoid. We also have Myriad Editions coming
too. Its great when publishers support MA Creative Writing programmes.
Meanwhile need to
buckle down and get my new novel moving along. So have a great week
Hack readers. Any submissions now will have to be for December.
One of our former contributors wants to follow an 'altrustic' career.
She is finding it hard to find a role. People probably suspect her motives.
Right now she is off to the West Bank to volunteer and I wish her luck.
I rather think the West Bank is coming right to my door this week with
meetings clearly so badly aspected, but feel I have to fight on the
moral highground and protect my students from the menace of theorists.
The worst palce to be I guess. Oh well, with luck they'll catch swine-flu
and the meeting will be postponed. There's a positive thought eh.
Oct 1st: The Havant Literary Festival was immense fun. Havant is a curious
place. It has suffered from the onslaught of abysmal architecture, redundant
shopping malls, and a motorway that provides a constant drone of traffic
in the background. But it also full of such things as the quaint old
market hotel, The Bear Inn and has, what has to be the smallest bookshop
in the world, at Nineveh Books on Pallant Street. (Where you can buy
my books Curse of the Nibelung and Another Place to
Die). I strolled around a mixture of Edwardian and Victorian streets
and which told a story of better times and I rather took to the crumbling
town on the edge feel. Its a proper setting for a literary
festival filled with books on crime and dystopian visions. We also met
Myriad Editions, a new publishing outfit in Brighton and they
are coming to see us in November. Great news for our writers nearing
completion of their novels.Many thanks to Lucy for organising the Festival
and to Paul Valentine for getting me involved there.
Stella Duffy, the crime and literary author gave a masterclass to our
MA students and it was fun, lively, full of insights in to what it takes
to be a professional writer and she, I know, impressed my would be writers.
Its important to know that just writing a book is not enough;
you have to be engaging and passionate about selling it too. Shy retiring
modesty will kill you in this marketplace.
October arrived and with it earthquakes in the Pacific, the promise
of gales and storms, proper autumn weather. On reflection I think I
quite enjoy the Fall, the colours and intensity of these first months
at University, hearing new ideas and the promise of Christmas. (Always
better than the reality at least).
Another issue of Hacks in up and running with more to come. The old
Mac laptop is dying sadly (It was born in 2001) and I will have to learn
new software to run the magazine on. As I get older it gets harder to
learn new software. My ex-laughs at me for being so crap, but I guess,
much to my surprise, I am like anyone else getting older. You like what
you like and I am upset the computer is dying. The new version of Dreamweaver
is just not easy and I cant transfer the old over. So with luck
Ill find a savvy five year old with web skills to patiently instruct
As soon as term begins I am going to be doing some research for my new
novel, but I lack a muse. You may snigger, but nothing and no one has
replaced R... who moved on ages ago now. If you are the kind of writer
who loves isolation and just the act of creation, well that is your
good fortune. I need to be inspired by someone. At least
my best writing does I think. Not sure where to put that ad though.
Female Muse wanted, must be interesting with a sense of humour, most
likely quirkily beautiful with their own talent for writing or drawing.
Must like long discussions in coffee bars and be a non-smoker. (Otherwise
you are forever just staring at them through the window as they shiver
in the rain puffing on a poison stick).
Life is weird huh.
my tip. If you haven't seen 'District 9' yet. make sure you do. The
best Sci-Fi movie in years and AVOID 'Surrogates' which is most likely
the worst in years. Funny how that happens huh.
More to come. Enjoy
this issue. Spread the word.
October 2nd 2009
You probably need cheering
up, especially as headlines now say that by 150,000 people in the UK have
Swine Flu and Two Billion will have it by next year in the world. Ok,
only 1800 or so have died from it so far worldwide, but what if it gets
worse? I have said before, but say again, download my book Another
Place to Die if you want to be ready for when the flu pandemic goes
critical and mutates. They have announced that this variant of Swine Flu
is resistant to Tamiflu, who is to say this vaccine they are preparing
will work on the next variant? Sure, its autumn and once it rains and
getrs cold, all bets are off.Plenty of milage in this virus yet. Limited
want to help Hackwriters keep going, buy my new book Mean
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Mean Tide by Sam North
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