Welcome to the new, improved, and working version of Pseudo-writer!
Hopefully, you’ll remember the old version on Blogger and be revelling in the juicy shiny-ness of the new blog. If you’re new: Hello! Come on in! Take a seat, it’s all-new IKEA furniture and an abundance of soft furnishings.
For those of you who dont know, and haven’t clicked the ‘about’ tab yet, I’m Craig. Nice to meet you. Full-time Nurse and aspiring writer. I’ve just finished two years of Creative Writing with the Open University, and I’ll be working another three toward a degree in English Literature (I already have one in Nursing, obviously). I write dark speculative fiction, mostly. All of the short stories I’ve had published have been horror-based, which makes me feel like I should be slightly worried about my state of mind. You can find those wonderful magazines on the ‘Publicationment’ page above.
There are some short stories for you to check out on the ‘Here Be Stories’ page, too. And my Works-In-Progress are up there along with the two books I’ve finished. Just have a dig around, see what you can find, and let me know what you think!
Old friends and new…
Thanks for reading.
I’ve just been over reading Aaron Polson’s blog and it’s struck a vital chord. The question of e-publishing versus retro publishing. Kindle is everywhere at the minute. Hell, I have it on my phone. So why not exploit it for my own ends?
Then there comes the other argument that says I’m helping with the downfall of hardcopy literature, something that would be akin to extinction of super-tasty cows and sheep in my opinion. Will my little raindrop add to the torrent? Of course it will. So am I an impatient sell-out? Probably, yes.
The thing is, I have three novels sat in my harddrive. Greaveburn, is pestering agents as we speak. But what of the other two? I always say that Beyond Tor and Haven will never see the light of day. They come from a time before I’d honed myself to the degree I have now. And I’m still far from perfect, so you can imagaine how bad they are. But, god bless them, I love those novels. I can’t help thinking that with a little tweaking, updating, a few minor changes, they could be ready for human consumption. And if not through the regular channels, why not epublishing?
If I ever get an agent (emphasis on IF), will I feel like an idiot for letting these books go to an electronic source? Or am I raising awareness of my work, capitalising on a new market?
I’m afraid I just dont know. We’ll have to see what tomorrow brings…
Thanks for reading.