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  1. Setting and Mood

    One of the things I particularly enjoy as I read and write is the setting of mood. Gothic Victorian writers like Lovecraft, HG Wells, Edgar Allen Poe and Algernon Blackwood have been inspirational to me in the way they manage mood. More latterly, I am reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (and highly recommend it) and am enthralled by the way he captures the chaotic, vibrant grot of the Mumbai slums. How do they do it? How do I enjoy seeing it done?

    Presentation ...
  2. The Cult of the Dead White Guy

    One of the things I do when I'm not writing, sleeping, attending to my kids and other dependencies or that other thing that takes up eight hours of my day is, I partake in a band. Well, I say "band" although that suggests levels of coolness which we will never achieve so I think of it more as a sort of loose-form musical collective. What do I do in this loose form musical collective? Well, I sing, I play the bass, a little guitar and every now and again someone hands me a drum and I go ...
  3. A thing is actually a thing

    Had a good stumble around the Google-Wikipedia-Youtube triumvirate yesterday. You know how it is; you search something of interest, it sparks off a byway of secondary thoughts, and before you know it, you're enmeshed in someone's conspiracy darkweb and a party to murder. I wish I could remember what it was, but somehow it landed me in the etymology of the word "thing".

    And it turns out, a thing is actually a thing.

    A "thing" is a meeting, a hustings

    Updated November 4th, 2016 at 02:21 PM by bdcharles

  4. A Nonsense Blog: The Frivolous Cake And I

    The Frivolous Cake and I

    Nonsense. What does it mean? Often, very little. In an interview with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, back in the mid-nineties, they were talking about a song the band had just released, the lyrics of which were quite childlike. “What does it mean?” the interviewer asked. Grohl was blindsided by the question. “Ermm … nothing.” he mumbled shyly. Then the video. “What about that green orb zipping about?” “Uh … maybe it's, like, evil, destroyed ...
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