31 March 2013

Playlist for 2013 -- part 3

Here are the tracks selected for March.

60        Thalia Zedek – Dance Me to the End of Love
61        Moriaty – Jimmy
62        Magazine – Shot by Both Sides
63        Band – Long Black Veil
64        David Bowie – Five Years
65        Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm

66        New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
67        Can – Yoo Doo Right
68        Rich Kids – Ghosts of Princes in Towers
69        Television – Marquee Moon
70        John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth
71        Ministry – Jesus Built My Hotrod
72        Steeleye Span – Rave On
73        Cranberries – Zombie
74        Easybeast – Friday on My Mind
75        David McWilliams – Days of Pearly Spencer
76        Ice T – The Tower
77        Nirvana – Penny Royal Tea
78        Placebo – Pure Morning
79        Robyn Hitchcock – Trash

80        Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
81        Roxy Music – Mother of Pearl
82        Crocodiles – Jet Boy, Jet Girl
83        Gang of Four – At Home He's a Tourist
84        Byrds – Ballard of Easyrider
85        Pretty Things – Good Mr Square/She Was Tall
86        Sonic Youth – Sugar Kane
87        Cracker – Big Dipper
88        Libertines – The Man Who Would be King
89        Rasputina – Bad Moon Rising
90        Yardbirds – Shapes of Things

18 March 2013


Last Saturday I was on the panel at a Writers’ Networking meeting, run by Writing West Midlands. I was accompanied by Kate Long (The Bad Mother’s Handbook) and Jan Edwards (The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders).

Kate talked about her writing career – how she became a successful published author. It was an interesting tale, one that involved all the usual: perseverance, thick skin, talent, and luck, etc. I then discussed the small press – focussing on The Alchemy Press, obviously – and mainly in the SF, fantasy and horror field. Jan then had to finish off and made a lot of valuable points about submitting one’s work to an anthology (most important of which was ‘read the guidelines’). Judging by the feedback after the formal part of the meeting, our words were well received.

I was glad to see that several members of our writers’ group – Renegade Writers – turned up. Fortunately they didn’t heckle, as they had promised to do so. Thanks, guys.