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No, I'm not talking about a new high street fashion store tailored exclusively for writers. I just wanted to mention that the BFS forum now has a special little place for writers to discuss/promote/explain their various projects and publications. I've got a quiet little corner there myself. Thanks must go to Allyson Bird who has worked very hard to set this up for the BFS. Cheers, Ally! Everyone is welcome to drop in.
The link is here:
http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/forum/index.php?board=38.0

On NOT Writing

Writers write.

That's what they say. It's the first thing they think about when they wake up and the last thing on their minds when they put their head to the pillow. When they're not physically in the act of writing they're thinking through plot points, blocking scenes, inventing new ways to show character, and so on and so forth. And that is exactly what I've been doing for a while now. I haven't waited for the time to write I've made the time and that's worked pretty well so far.

But the past six months have been a kicker. For the first time in a long time there have been entire weeks when I haven't been able to write and I just wanted to talk about the effect that has on the mind and soul. When I say "haven't been able to write" I'm not referring to the great spectre known as writer's block. I'm talking about a situation when life - that is, the day-to-day demands of work and family and everything inbetween - when all tha…