Short Story: ‘The Businesswoman and the Minotaur’

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Long time no speak – mainly due to writing my dissertation being hell. Anyway, I’ve just had a new short story published called (as you can guess from this post’s title) ‘The Businesswoman and the Minotaur’. It’s just a bit of fun, and as long as some has a little chuckle when reading it then my mission is accomplished.

Check it out on the INK website!

Recommendation: Django Django (2013) [Self-titled]

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Django is one of those rare albums that doesn’t have a bad song. Not one. Of course, it’ll probably take you longer to warm up to some songs than others – I loved ‘Default’ from the beginning but the first time I listened to ‘Zumm Zumm’ it made me turn the album off. In short, this is just one of those albums to me… One of those albums that I put on when I don’t know what to listen to, that I could put on shuffle and feel certain that I’d get a good track. While there are albums I love more, I can’t think of one quite so consistent as Django Django.

Best song: ‘Hail Bop’

Short Story: ‘New Chair’

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Exciting news – I’ve just had a short story published by The Queen’s Head! It’s about a woman that transforms into a chair, and I won’t spoil anything more than that… You can read it here.

I’d also like to mention the ‘tip the author’ button under the story. If you end up enjoying ‘New Chair’, a donation – of any size – would be very much appreciated.

Recommendation: Northanger Abbey (1817) by Jane Austen

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Let’s be honest: everyone has read Pride and Prejudice. If you haven’t, then go read it now. It’s great. But Northanger Abbey, I think, is a bit more under the radar in terms of Austen. It’s got the same sense of wit as Austen’s other books, but this time it’s been used to make fun of Gothic novels. Those who have read Ann Radcliffe will get a kick out of this novel in particular. But even if you aren’t familiar with the Gothic, this one is still worth reading. Just like Austen’s other novels, Northanger Abbey was way ahead of its time.

Recommendation: Stardust (1999) by Neil Gaiman

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I need to read more Neil Gaiman books. American Gods made that clear, and Stardust has made it even clearer. With Stardust, Gaiman puts together a lot of ideas that, in the hands of any other author, really would not work. At times it feels like he’s just throwing stuff at the wall… but I’d be lying if I didn’t say pretty much everything sticks. Stardust is a truly superb fairy tale that crams its 200 pages with more fantastical events than whole trilogies of fantasy books do. I’m not sure exactly why this novel works – but I’ve decided not to question it.

Recommendation: Bashed Out (2015) by This is the Kit

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Bashed Out isn’t an album that’s loud and filled with catchy choruses (perhaps exempting ‘Magic Spell’) – instead it’s gentle and moving. The lyrics in these songs have a certain Britishness about them, whether Stables is singing about the oncoming apocalypse or some ‘happy little fatties’. As great as the instrumentation is on some of these tracks, it’s really Kate Stables’ voice that brings everything alive: it’s charming and unlike anything I’ve heard before. I can’t recommend this album enough.

Best song: ‘Magic Spell’