Bluffer’s Guide To The Fringe, 2017 Edition

You may have noticed I’ve gone a bit quiet on here, but you might also spot that it’s August, and there’s a certain large arts festival that’s rolled into Edinburgh. All that free time I said I’d spend writing is actually spent diving into culture and all that. So, I thought I’d put together a bluffer’s guide to all things Festival, for any of my pals visiting this month…

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Not dead yet

Oh hey, guys. I’m still here, just about. I’ve had drafts piling up here, but I’ve not got round to finishing them because I’m still ill. But here it is: a long-overdue update…

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Umbrellas of Edinburgh, redux

Last night, I read my story A Beltane Prayer at the University of Edinburgh, as part of the latest fab event since the Umbrellas of Edinburgh anthology launched last autumn. What with having never read this story aloud before and not having done a public reading since October, I was more than a bit nervous.

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Blogmas, Day 21: Christmas Kelpies

I’ll be honest: Blogmas is draining my energy a bit this week. But on the plus side, all of Christmas is organised. Literally all of it. And to celebrate, I’m taking the evening off to watch the start of the festive Eurovision qualifier season, as Albania kick off their selection and I flood your timelines with hot takes.

Meanwhile, I thought I’d remind you that if you’re struggling for present ideas, why not buy a copy of my book for a friend or treat yourself? You can get it in many ways:

  • Amazon as a Kindle ebook or paperback
  • Smashwords as an EPUB (and a variety of other non-Kindle formats)
  • Barnes & Noble as paperback
  • Kobo
  • Scribd
  • Apple iBooks, though I can’t find a link to it without downloading iTunes and I’d rather saw my own face off
  • You can also borrow it on OverDrive, an ebook lending service (not available in the UK yet, sadly – I’ll be poking libraries in the new year though!)
  • And finally, you can wander into Blackwell’s South Bridge in Edinburgh, where I’m stocked in the Scottish Writers section. Hurray!
It's almost as good as taking one of these home for Christmas.

It’s almost as good as taking one of these home for Christmas.

 

Thank you, lovelies! My writing gin fund will be grateful! And with that, it’s mulled wine and Eurovision time…

Blogmas, Day 8: The one with more self-promotion

I’ve been beavering away on some top-secret business negotiations recently. By which I mean ‘ask friends who know people in high places then ask them nicely to let me speak to other important people, and sit by my inbox crying’. But it’s all been worth it, and so I can announce my big important paperback-related news…

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