Novel territory

698 words I hit the 70,000 word mark today. It has tended to be the magic number for me, the word count I aimed for when writing my first novel, ID, at the age of 20 (a novel that will never be released from the darkest pits of my archive folders), and just managed to […]

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523 words. There’s a character in Loss of Separation who wears a mask. He’s meant to be threatening. So, what to go with? It took a long time to decide upon the kind of mask because there have been some pretty big shadows cast by mask wearers, particularly in cinema history, although I’ve read a […]

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Books in the post

2129 words. A little bird tells me I might be getting a Kindle for Christmas, which is great (I’m one of those gadget boys, I’m afraid…). I’ll use it quite a lot. Especially while on holiday. Books take up too much packing space, which is at a premium when you consider we’ve got three rapidly-growing […]

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A Haunting of Nightjars

Conrad will be among a handful of writers reading from their work at this Didsbury Arts Festival event, hosted by Nicholas Royle and his small press outfit, Nightjar. It’s being held at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club, Palatine Road, Didsbury, from 7pm on Wednesday, 29th September. Free entry.

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Short and sweet

597 words. Apologies for the brevity of my last few posts. I was tending to think more about what to write in the blog than what should go on the page… but I don’t want to completely stop posting while I try to get this book finished. Word counts and the occasional comment will appear. […]

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3.39 to Nottingham

509 words (17.09.10) Managed to get some writing down in my notebook on the train between Manchester and Nottingham. Other deadlines and commitments have stalled me, but I’m (ahem) back on track…

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