Witch in Tower. Malicious fairy. Spinning wheel, spindle – jiggeldy hop, jiggeldy hop! Turrets crystal – golden scent, angelic climbs. Witch in Tower, malicious scent – glistening spindle. Ringing crash – SPELL - jiggeldy hop! Golden slumber – lapping sleep. Crystal prince, glistening, burning Handsome scent, thrash, thrash, thrash. Angelic golden slumber sleeps. Burning climb, … Continue reading Sleeping Beautiful Words
Gratuitous violence, anyone? To be honest, I didn’t know what ‘torture porn’ was until fairly recently, probably because slasher horror films (for which the term was originally invented) are definitely not my thing. However, the question remains: where does the boundary lie between gritty reality in crime fiction and gratuitous, glorified violence for its own … Continue reading Crime Fiction: True Grit or Torture Porn?
Is the tale wagging the dog? Don’t you just love quantum physics? All those possibilities, spinning endlessly until somebody bothers to look at them at which point they plump for their (positive) physical reality of choice - while somewhere out there in the universe exactly the (negative) opposite choice happens! Oh, the sheer entanglement of … Continue reading Schroedinger’s Dog and other parallel universes
Auf Deutsch I DON'T WRITE POETRY. It's not because I don't like it. In fact, I love poetry and will stand stock still in awe and admiration at those talented enough to capture a tiny sliver of beauty or truth in a few well chosen words. But I don't write it. Okay, so that's a pretty clear … Continue reading Tearing the Veil
Manchmal bin ich stolz auf mich und erzähle es meinen Freunden. Dann komme ich mir vor wie die Fassade eines alten Hauses die den Vorübergehenden viel anbietet, hinter der aber verstecken sich nur einige Stücke wertloser Möbel. Sometimes I’m proud of myself And tell it to all my friends. Suddenly I resemble The façade of … Continue reading Sprachskepsis
Interview with a late Crime Fiction great I was delighted to catch the re-run of Mark Lawson’s 2006 interview with crime author PD James on BBC4 a few weeks’ ago. What a wonderful woman! And a wonderful writer! Hard to believe she was 86 at the time of the interview and still had a few … Continue reading Criminal Poetry
There has been such a pattern of violent atrocities all over the world in recent weeks that one could be forgiven for viewing the horrible events in Paris over the past few days as the blood-soaked icing on a gore-filled global cake. More evidence, if such were needed, that the world may well indeed be going … Continue reading To Hell in a Handbasket!
KBP’s 2014 moment of triumph re-lived!
Because….. we have a WINNER!
Amid much anguish, hand-wringing, and a few stomach ulcers, the results are in.
The winner sprang straight out of the Literary Fiction Title Generator. There were more than several reasons for the entry published below being the winner, but fewer reasons separating it from the very close runners-up, making it a very tough decision indeed.
Nevertheless, the Estimable, Impartial and Utterly Respectable Guest Judge had to finally settle on this winner because:
- It’s bloody brilliant.
- It is also very funny.
- The flash fiction was supposed to be in the style of the title generator from which it took inspiration, and you don’t get more literary than James Joyce, now do you?
- It was assigned 54,879 points for the last line alone.
So without further ado, congratulations and a €50 Amazon voucher are winging their way to Katie Purcell, for the rather marvellous:
The Dominant Glassworks in Donnybrook
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2014: Katie B. sits on her laurels! Of course, there are some authors who wouldn't be seen dead resting on their laurels! Not so, Katie B.! Why else would she be so well-padded in the posterior department, if not to be able to repose on a few crispy Laurus nobilis leaves for half a year or longer? … Continue reading 2014: A tale of Donnybrook glassworks and leafy bottoms!
Silent Night Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft; einsam wacht Nur das traute hochheilige Paar. Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar, Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Hirten erst kundgemacht Durch der Engel Halleluja, Tönt es laut von fern und nah: Christ, der Retter ist da! Christ, der Retter ist … Continue reading In Memoriam
It's not every day a girl gets to inaugurate her new author website with a win, but thanks to Tara Sparling at Tara Sparling writes and her Estimable, Impartial and Utterly Respectable Guest Judge, Katie Purcell (with or without the B) has done just that! Yes, I am chuffed and honoured that my modest attempt … Continue reading Winner!