some writerly advice

November 17, 2017

When I was a young bookseller in Oxford, I was fortunate enough to have lunch with Agatha Christie at All Souls College. She was very grand but all sweetness, and I plucked up the courage to look for some writerly advice, asking how she came up with such complex novels that tie together so neatly. She told me she wrote the books as normal, all the way through, before pausing at the penultimate chapter. She’d then work out who was the least likely character to have committed the crime and go back to fix a few train timetables, alter some relationships and make sure it all made sense, before proceeding to the end.

Brian Aldiss
Interview with Guy Kelly in The Telegraph 31st October 2015

globules of blood

November 17, 2017

Young boys biting into shinny red apples only to discover the globules of blood at the cores…

Caitlin R Kiernan
The Red Tree

into gulfs of fire

November 17, 2017

Catherine Deneuve - Jerry Schatzberg 1965 New York

I must start when you pluck at me with your children, your poems, your chilblains or whatever it is that you do and suffer. But I am not deluded. After all these callings hither and thither, these plucking and searchings, I shall fall alone through this thin sheet into gulfs of fire. And you will not help me. More cruel than the old torturers, you will let me fall, and will tear me to pieces when I am fallen. Yet there are moments when the walls of the mind grow thin; when nothing is unabsorbed, and I could fancy that we might blow so vast a bubble that the sun might set and rise in it and we might take the blue of midday and the black of midnight and be cast of and escape from here and now.

Virginia Woolf
The Waves

How to cast a spell

November 17, 2017

To cast a spell you need but three things:

Firstly, Intent. Secondly, the ability to raise energy. Thirdly, the ability to focus and send that energy closely entwined with your intent.

That’s all you’ll ever need. No herbs or words or chanting. No black cat or broomstick. No book of spells or candles. Just those three things. Everything else is window dressing.