Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hello again

This blog has gone through a couple of metamorphoses in the past and it's about to undergo another.

It started off, back in 2006 or whenever, as a chronicle of my creative writing. At the time I was in Alex Keegan's Boot Camp and about to start an MA in creative writing. I had a fair bit of success with short stories, winning a few competitions and getting some small scale publications.

Then I took a break from creative writing to concentrate on my PhD, and devoted five years to the study of Cormac McCarthy. It's not something I recommend: McCarthy does things to your brain...

Anyway, that is now complete, and I've been scratching around for stuff to do since February. I brought out a history of my football club which has sold pretty well and now I'm getting that writing bug back. The lure of characters is too strong to repel for long...

Ultimately, I would like a change entirely and I'd like to move full-time into the writing arena, teaching creative writing and creating a nurturing environment for aspiring writers. Like the Magister Ludi, I think I've always had a pedagogical bent. Some sort of cafe cum writing space cum teaching space would be ideal.

But for now - let's write. NaNoWriMo is upon us again. I tried it once, back when I was in Boot Camp, but there was just too much happening and I couldn't manage it. This year I'm giving it another go, not because I expect to get a novel out of it, but because it's the best way to try to shape the multitudinous ideas that have been floating round my head for the past few years. The novel is set in Scotland in the mid 1980s, that much I know. There's a transgender main character, and another main who is very much like the legion of disconnected men who peopled my short fiction all those years ago. And an American girl because - why not? And lots more. It'll be a bit of a mess, but from that mess I hope something interesting will emerge.

So off we go...