"One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion."


Let's all be good thieves together.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Monday, 24 November 2008

Associated Content

Well I've taken the plunge and submitted my first article to Associated Content, for amusement rather than any hope of financial gain, it's called Sex and the Story and covers my thoughts on the use of sex in creative writing. The article is currently awaiting approval but I've already started typing out another one as well as begun to write Spectral Exile. I'm going to take my time with this story and try to add more spit and shine to it than I did Halloween Girl, I might even throw it up on Associated Content as well as the blog if I'm happy enough with it, though I doubt that I will as despite the kind feedback I know my work has a long way to go yet before it's ready for wider viewing.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Still Alive

I honestly thought I'd have something to share with people sooner but I got distracted when my prepaid games came in, Fable II and Gears of War 2 eat time like Mr Creosote at an all you can eat buffet.

Anyway I have a couple of ideas brewing around in my head that I want to try and set down. These include a cat having to deal with vampire mice, a Mythos inspired tale of madness, and one or two rewrites of the basic ideas behind Nicky Pacione's terrible, terrible stories. I just have to be able to sit down and write without feeling the need to erase the document after the first sentence and take up alligator dentistry instead.