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The Murders of Molly Southbourne cover!

Yes, the cover of my new novella THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE is here!

You can find out what it’s about, and a metric ton of blurbage on the publisher’s page at Tor.com

The Murders of Molly Southbourne reaches deep into the heart of existence and drags our fears into the sunlight. An excellent, terrifying read.” —Fran Wilde, award-winning author of Updraft, Cloudbound, and Horizon

Pre-order on Amazon: US , UK , Canada, France

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The Apologists Splash Page Art

My sci-fi story The Apologists will appear in Interzone #266, September this year.

Below is the graphic by Martin Hanford. I like.

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Sketchiness: Inktober 2015

I’ve been diligent in inking everyday, but not in posting.

Here are the latest couple of Inktober pix.

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Street Art: Brighton

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Sketchiness: Eyesac

Study for new painting India Ink Water colour

Study for new painting
India Ink
Water colour

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Sketchiness: The Hendrix Experience

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ink and pencil

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Unfocused Thoughts

I was reminded of something I read a long time ago today.

Ray Bradbury said this:

“Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all”

Many other great artists have said something similar. The bare bones of the idea is that you must create something honest and that the honesty in question will expose you but paradoxically save you as a creator. You must not fear the exposure or vulnerability that any creative act brings along with it.

You must not fear the jibe of those who say you are not good enough. You must not fear the pedantic who says you did not get it right.You must not fear the derision of failed artists who consistently tell you that you look like an idiot for trying to do what they could not. You must not fear even though you may not be good enough, may not get it right, and may in fact look like an idiot. 

The trick is not to be perfect the first time out, but to just be out in spite of imperfection. 

Who wants to be perfect anyway? Flaws are much more interesting…

 

 

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