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2010 and all that

Welcome to the BlogPosted by Read Raw Ltd Tue, March 08, 2011 14:28:16

I've been meaning to do this for ages, and as 2011 is marching on here are some of the writing highlights for me from 2010.

The "biggie" was attending the World Horror Covention in March at Brighton - the first time the convention had been held outside North America, resulting in death threats being made to organiser Steve Jones (Steve is the UK's Mr. Horror, you probably haven't heard of him, but he is a human tornado and edits the annual (and essential) "Best New Horror"). The big guests at the convention were the likes of James Herbert and Neil Gaiman and Graham Masterton, and many of the top horror writers from all over the world. I had the daunting task of being the convention's first reader, which was great fun - some people thought I was doing stand-up! Still, on the reading front, during the year I read at two WordDogs (Glasgow's spoken word event), the first called "Weird Love" and the other was inspired by Halloween, and because of National Poetry Day, I took part in several poetry events towards the end of the year, running workshops at schools or with writers groups and even read on the trams at Summerlee Industrial Heritage park.

Writing-wise, I continued to get stories and poems published, particularly the latter and some of them in America, and even got paid for a few of them - always cause for joy. A collection of my "used" poems called "Second Hand Poems" also came out last year. Poems, somehow, seem to be easier to write and market, but I need to get the head down on the story writing front - I've got too many half-finished stories and a folder full of stories "crittered" by the Glasgow Science Fiction Writers Circle that need corrected and sent out as I've found that "crittered" stories tend to do well - must be the GSFWC stamp of approval.

Finally, I contiue to be poetry editor for "Dark Horizons" and book reviewer for "Interzone", the UK's premier science fiction magazine, as well as being a reviewer for "Concatenation" and started reviewing DVDs for "Video Vista". More importantly, I finished and sent out a young adult novel which is still out there, taking it's chances in the big bad world, and I was chuffed to end the year as one of The Horror Zine's featured poets for January 2011 which was a nice way to start the new year.

Here's to more adventures in 2011.

Ian (