That other world

I mean the book.  The place it takes us and how it takes us.

Why this sudden outpouring?  Last time in the UK I picked up 11.22.63 by Stephen King.  Now I’ve never shied away from admitting I’m a massive King fan; my thirty-odd-and-still-growing collection is testament to that.  This book is no exception.  I just can’t put it down.  It’s one of those books where you go to sleep at night with it in your mind and you wake up in the same state.

On my other blog I posted a short story (and by the looks of it not a very popular one… it’s flying season I guess) called A Wing and a Prayer and in it I mentioned reading Albert Camus’ The Outsider.  It’s what I had just finished reading and was immediately to hand.  It could have been Jack & the Beanstalk, it wasn’t relative to the story, just a little piece of setting I added.  Anyway, to cut a short story shorter, The Outsider, good that it is, just didn’t transport me back to Algiers the way Stephen King transports me back to Maine.

That, my friend, is the magic of the book.  And no TV, cinema or radio can do that for me.



Dear Reader,

Thanks for taking the time to pop by. I initially started this blog just to air a few thoughts but the more I discover the blog, the more encouraging it becomes. I’ve started publishing a few written pieces, for my satisfaction of putting them somewhere (for now). However, if you enjoy them too then I’ll be happier still.

This has now become a writing-related blog: and you can read the posts on the home page. The page shows the introduction to the most recent entry then if you click on ‘Continue reading’, you’ll see the full item then underneath (between my mini biography and ‘Discussion’ panel… I’d love to hear your comments), you’ll see links to the previous posts.

If you enjoy reading short stories, you’ll find my pieces (mostly flash fiction) here and poetry here.

So, this blog will contain non-writing posts and I hope you enjoy reading both.

Then when you’ve done all that, you can contact me and / or follow me on Twitter.