FIELD TRIPS to the REAL WORLD

ALL THE THINGS WE HAVEN’T DONE

  A friend once said something that I’ve never really forgotten. Some years ago, when I was a student in England, I was living in a somewhat creepy mansion-turned student hall with many students who came from different countries. We each had our own rooms, but we shared common areas—like the kitchen where we cooked our meals, the laundry...

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L.I.T.E.R.A.L. 01: Have you ever been published?

I was, for a long time, one of those writers who worked alone and had no idea how to get in touch with other writers (something which I mentioned in my first Postcards on Writing post). But every now and then, I did have idle daydreams of stumbling onto a community: I imagined myself walking into some dark, smoke-fogged dive bar, full of people...

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POSTCARDS ON WRITING 5: Cesar Hernando tells stories through cinema

When I first met Cesar Hernando, I was an art student and he was my figure drawing teacher. I knew him as the guy who looked over our shoulders as we drew portraits of the men and women that stood naked before us on a wooden platform. I’d later learn that Sir Hernando (which is what we all called him) had worked in the film industry for...

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SAVING SALLY: How a Short Story about Love and Monsters became a Film

When I first wrote the story Monster Town—a title which I’d eventually change to Saving Sally—it was not such a great time. I’d just resigned from a job I loved to finish writing a novel that I’d been working on for two and a half years, only to have my bag (which contained my manuscript) stolen from my car (if you want to know that...

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  • ALL THE THINGS WE HA...

      A friend once said something that...

  • L.I.T.E.R.A.L. 01: H...

    I was, for a long time, one of those writers...

  • POSTCARDS ON WRITING...

    When I first met Cesar Hernando, I was an...

  • SAVING SALLY: How a ...

    When I first wrote the story Monster...