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Strange Stories

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They told the story of the twisted children.

Most claimed it was nothing more than a scary story, to tell at night as the moon sat high. But then, once in a while, those self-same scoffers would scroll through the pictures on their phone, and come across a picture they had not taken.

It would be black and white, and feature two children wearing masks. Or perhaps they were not wearing masks at all.

They would delete the picture, only for it to return the next day. And the next. Day after day, there it would be. A black and white picture of two children.

And then. Oh, and then….


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Strange Stories

vintage fancyIt’s true they were brothers, despite their obvious differences.

Mr Spike & Mr Cotton.

They lived in a house that did not exist, and if you were to take a wrong turn one strange day only to find yourself knocking upon this impossible homes door in search of directions, you would soon discover that there are many worse things in this world than being lost.

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Lost Themes & Rivers

“The Yellow Man approached.”

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Hey there Strangers, what’s shakin’?

I’m almost there…! I have around three or four more scenes to write, then the latest draft of book one in the Apocalypse miniseries is finito. I really can’t wait to get it done, because┬áthen I can really start knocking this hybrid draft into shape. At the moment it’s halfway between the abandoned zombie (well, not ACTUAL zombies…) take and this new fantasy direction. So that’ll need kicked around the room a bit to make sure all is well and good. But I know there’s some really hot-to-trot chunks in there.

I think I’ve found a good way to stay focused whilst bashing my dumb fists against the keyboard: stick my earphones in and blast some music to block outside distractions. I already (well, sometimes….) use an internet blocker so I can’t get tempted into hitting that browser when I hit a snag, but lately I’ve found music helps block out distractions and get me in the flow. Yesterday it was John Carpenter’s Lost Themes that pulled me along. Spooky-ass music to help write spooky-ass scenes.

Reading

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I can be a slow reader sometimes, which is bad. By slow, what I really mean is I don’t slot enough time into my day to tackle what I’m currently rubbing my eyes against. Sometimes days can go past, or I’ll snatch a quick ten minutes before going to bed.

I want to change this, because a) I LIKE READING STORIES, and b) if you write stories, you should read stories. Obvs.

Last month I finished the third in the Rivers of London series, Whispers Underground, by Ben Aaronovitch (who is responsible for one of my FAVE Dr Who stories, fact fans). Rivers is just a super fun, easy to read series. Like the second book, Whispers doesn’t have the greatest of endings, but the whole experience is so enjoyable that it doesn’t matter too much.

I’m planning to start my own urban fantasy series this year, set in my home county of Cumbria, so reading this series kinda counts as research, too. My own series will be darker than Rivers, but it’s always a good idea to scope out what’s working in a field you’re entering. (And to see which bits you can shamelessly steal.)

That’s it for now, nerds!

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