I first encountered CRASHING HEAVEN a couple of years ago while interning at Conville & Walsh. When I wasn’t breaking champagne glasses and accidentally sending out mass-rejection letters I would read and report on submissions. Here I was free to spew forth many passionate and ill-informed opinions.
A few manuscripts stuck in my memory after I left. One of them was a powerfully imagined corporate dystopia, a vision of decay with one foot in operatic cyberpunk and the other in a rain-soaked detective noir thriller from 1940; real ‘he was in a dark place, between two gams and a Smith & Wesson’ material. Continue reading
(Note: before publishing I asked myself whether this letter was too mean-spirited and unprofessional to publish. Then I imagined what it would be like to read Ryan’s article after having been one of his students and stopped worrying.)
If I had more money I’d buy one of those days-passed-since-last-incident counters for the wall above my desk, so that I could record the frequency with which self-congratulatory internet thinkpieces send me into a frothing rage. Today’s candidate is a twelve-hundred word article about writing, by internationally-renowned bestselling author Ryan Boudinot. Really? Never? Well, I suppose you’re just not interested in real writing by real writers, then. Ryan is a real writer, and luckily for you he’s happy to explain why. Continue reading
Becca wrote a great review of this cool-looking book she’s had her nose stuck in for the last few days (some kind of incredible Shakespeare in Post-Apocalyptica affair) and it sounds like an absolute cracker. Go read!
Chasing Nicola Brooks: Self-Doubt, Running & Writing.
A very good article from Joanna Barnard on how hard it is not to hate yourself, and how that relates to piston-like movements of the legs. Also writing.
She wasn’t important, in the grand scheme of things.