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Writers’ Bloc at the Science Festival.

Writers’ Bloc returns to the Science Festival with The Culture Collider. Time to smash some literary particles!

Writers’ Bloc at the Science Festival

Writers’ Bloc returns to the Edinburgh International Science Festival for The Culture Collider, an exploration of weird science and stranger arts. The show starts at 8pm on Sunday the 13th of April in the Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall.

I will be reading a new story. Hope to see you there.

[more info · tickets]

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Haze and howl.

Smacked down with a jagged little head-cold. Some bits from my phone, remnants of my desultory search for spring …

A mark on a lamppost.


A squadron of daffodils besieging the links.


A shrubbery unconvinced by spring’s opening argument.


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Book Review: The Happiness Project

happinessprojectThe Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I appreciated the tone of Rubin’s writing, the depth of her research on the topic of happiness, and the overall organisation of the project, I found the read itself to be a slog. This is likely…

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Fifty-fifty-fifty and burning all your money.

Fifty-fifty-fifty and burning all your money: collecting rejection and @t3xtur3’s #BURN.

So I’m drifting on a sea of sadness and the only way I know how to get out of it is to shove this “too busy for [thing I like to do]” stupidity off the raft.

Last year I didn’t read many books or see many films, so this year I’m aiming to consume 50 of each. Throw your favourites at me in the comments.

And today I decided to add another goal onto that: I want 50 rejection letters for my writing.…

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“Your Hands” – A Story by Halsted M. Bernard.

A new short story of mine was published in Map Literary’s Spring 2014 issue. Here is my blog post about it, with a link to the story online.

Please share it if you enjoy it!

Scottish Standard English, Scots, and Fifty Ways to use a Scunner

Scottish Standard English, Scots, and Fifty Ways to use a Scunner


My writing group comrade and friend Andrew C. Ferguson crafted this wonderful post about Scottish Standard English. It even includes a bespoke audio clip of him reading my favourite sentence to hear in SSE. Go, read, listen!

Originally posted on andrewcferguson:

Two things inspired this, the first being a post by the brilliant cygnoirabout how she enjoyed hearing Scottish Standard…

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Con de carn.

¡Estamos en Barcelona! FunkyPlaid and I arrived last night, excited to return but also a bit…

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Good ideas for Christmas Day.

There are many things I would recommend that you do on Christmas Day:

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Bad ideas for Christmas Eve.

There are many things I would not recommend that you do on Christmas Eve. Almost all of them revolve around shopping. And yet there I was, in the middle of a good-sized grocery store called Waitrose, cradling an amaretto-flavoured soy latte in one hand…

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