Spoonful

A young, single mother despised by her children and exploited by her petty criminal boyfriend is about to meet the…

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Why you should eat at Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria

Rocco's Little Chicago

There’s a monumentally stupid law being considered in the US state of Arizona which, if passed, will allow business owners the right to refuse goods and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender customers. The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote, will go to Gov. Jan Brewer who will…

Bulletproof backups for writers

Bullet Proof

Writers spend years of their lives creating, refining, publishing and promoting their work but one small accident can wipe all that out. On the other hand making back-ups is not only a pain in the arse but it can get taken to ridiculous levels with valuable writing time wasted on making, logging, and checking backups. So…

You’re Going Down Sugar

Sugar Lips

I loved smoking. There were fewer things better in life, or so I thought, than lighting up a cigarette with a cup of tea or even better with a nice ice-cold bottle of beer. Loveliness. But after a while I realised that as nice as a pint with a Lambert & Butler was it was…

An open call for submissions and knowing your markets

Calling for Submissions

I don’t talk about projects I’m working on. It’s a practical thing for me because it stops two things from happening. It stops the excitement draining out of the project because I get all the fun talking about it and never get round to writing it It stops me boring other people to death banging…

Three questions that will change your writing

3 Questions

There is a post on the Metro Mag website from Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton. Sparked by the use of the word crepuscular in the Paris Review Catton, fuelled in part by trawling through one star reviews on Amazon, writes about literature and elitism. It’s a thoughtful piece which asks if a reader doesn’t enjoy a book…