Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Life drawing in black ink

Life drawing in black ink

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Congo Natty Junglist

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“Fix your oxygen mask first, then help others” and other productivity hacks

Time just creeps by and you forget what your plan is for your life. The term the military sometimes use, Mission Creep, seems apropriate.

I haven’t done one of these kind of posts in a while. I’ll just free-associate, drift back and forth for sometime, see what emerges.

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I’m working on something for Futurefest. I’ll be ‘in conversation’ with someone as well as designing a multimedia exhibit about future cities. It’s difficult work because it has specifications and I can’t go wherever my imagination takes me as I do with my fiction. It is fun, though, trying new things, collaborating with others.

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Came across a nest of woodlice and some unidentifiable slug while cleaning my shed. I know they are not harmful, but I could not control the sense of revulsion that I felt. What is it about creatures that live in dark, moist underplaces that fills the human mind with disgust? Or maybe I’ve just got soft. As a child this sort of thing wouldn’t have bothered me. I’d have scooped up sand, buried them all in it, then scooped them away, while whistling a jaunty tune. Heck, I even tasted some insects and, on one occasion, a python (tastes like fish).

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I’ve fallen out of good habits again. I need to return to certain simple, but effective productivity hacks:

When you wake up, get up

Light exercise every day, heavy exercise four times a week

Eat (only) when you are hungry

Fix your oxygen mask first, then help others

Draw every day

Read an hour of non-fiction every day

Write daily

Don’t go to bed angry

Be kind

Learn a language

More guitar

Try to learn a new thing about people you know every day

Do it now, not next time

Review these hacks regularly

I’ve made a lot of progress in many areas of life when I’ve done these things. Time to reboot.

 

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“Haunting on multiple levels”

DANGEROUS GAMES BIG

 

Very kind comments from The Skiffy and Fanty Show about my story Honourable Mention in the anthology Dangerous Games.

“Tade Thompson’s “Honourable Mention,” which is haunting on multiple levels, is also a monster story. It’s also about the horrors of an entirely different form of consumption — the victims of exploitative labor systems, slavery as well as others. An emigrant to Britain, Tito plays the Nigerian game ayo, and Thompson adds to the historical game higher stakes, sleep deprivation, and what one man’s desperation will drive him to do to win. This was both the game I found most interesting and the story I found to be most thought-provoking.”

Dangerous Games is out now in all good and evil bookshops.

 

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Cover Reveal: MAKING WOLF

I can share the cover for my upcoming crime novel MAKING WOLF from Rosarium Publishing.

The gorgeous art is by Vincent Sammy.

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Can’t say much about the book yet, but release date is tentatively September 1 2015.

 

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Locke and Key

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You have got to read Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. I’m on volume 4 of 6 and I have to say it’s awesome in all ways.

You don’t have to get the slipcase like me, but, damn, these are good reads.

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Pieces (or Bits)

With everything that’s happened in Paris this week I just want emergency kittens. Jeez.

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I just returned from a writers retreat. For the uninitiated, this means a venue where writers are secluded, fed and watered, then left to concentrate on writing and sleeping to the exclusion of all else.

I’d never been to one before, but I found the experience positive. I got a whole lot of writing done, I met some interesting people, and the food was scrumptious. I’d definitely do it again.

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My story Honourable Mention in the anthology Dangerous Games seems to be doing okay.

“In many instances, you are left wanting to know what happens next – Helen Marshall’s highly creepy tale, Paul Kearney’s Civil War re-enactment story and Tade Thompson’s effective updating of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, are prime examples”

I’m glad it seemed that way, but in fact I’ve never read the book or seen the movie of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? , but I’m now hunting down a DVD version because the synopsis looks interesting.

Full review here.

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Today I’m finishing up rewrites on a story called The Monkey House for Omenana Magazine. I just need to merge two characters into one and prune some unnecessary interactions and I’ll be good to go.

After that I’ll work on a story titled Bootblack for Hidden Youth. After that, I have to complete Mystery Project 1 (more on this later).

Other than these three, my only writing this year will be long-form.

That’s all the writing news.

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I’m currently reading Hell’s Angels, by Hunter S. Thompson.

I thought I had read it before, but it turns out I only got half-way before I was seduced by new books.

Intense, with high re-read potential.

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Be good.

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