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50 MM: 50: Michelle, The Beatles

What I said back then: I'll start at the beginning, with the Beatles - Michelle.   An odd choice, you might think, but it's the first piece of popular music I'm conscious of knowing.  It wasn't a new song at the time - this must have been about 1968 - but there was a girl in…
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Richard’s 50 Musical Memories

Ten years ago, I had this idea.  I wanted to mark my 40th birthday by writing something, and then – as I put it at the time – decided on 40 somethings.  I compiled a list of 40 pieces of music which served as milestones in my life to that point, and wrote about them…
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Excuses – I’ve had a few, but then again…

So much going on in my life for the past few weeks.  It has been impossible to clear my head and focus on writing.  I think what I'll try to do is put some thoughts down as I fly back to Scotland in May, and then make a concerted push to have clear writing time…
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Uh-oh

(incidentally, I've never been convinced by 'uh-oh', it doesn't represent the way I say it, but what do I know - there's an ongoing debate in my house at the moment about the pronunciation of 'soldering'. Canadians say some things really oddly...) So, I'm pretending to be a student for a day. The lecture theatres…
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Re: search

Funny thing, fiction. I mean, it's all made up, isn't it?  So I can put anything I like in it, and as long as I can convince my readers that my world is consistent, everything is up for grabs; I can say what I want.  Can't I? Well, I'm not Jasper Fforde, whose fictional world…
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Copy, right?

The copyright situation internationally is broken.  Thoroughly and irrevocably.  A great may of those involved in it will deny it, of course, and even some of the creative people - those who benefit from it - will tell you that there's nothing much wrong - the cheques keep on coming. And, I suppose, if you're…
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Words speak louder than actions

I'm supposed to be reading right now.  And, to be fair, I am reading.  It's just that, after so long away, I want to be writing - actually putting words on a page - too.  I have re-read parts of Going Back now, shying away a little form my idea of reading parts 1 and 3 consecutively,…
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Structurally unsound

The classical 3 act structure, as explained by many people (I first came across it in a book by Alan Alda) goes something like this: Chase your hero up a tree Throw rocks at him Get him down from the tree This book does, neatly, divide into 3 acts.  And I think I can safely…
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Meanwhile…

This popped up in my Twitter feed this afternoon, just as I was contemplating doing some actual writing.  As I said yesterday, right now for 'writing' substitute 'reading'; I really need to get back under the skin of the story before I start trying to change it.   But I worry.  I worry that I am…
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Today

Today is the first day of the rest of my book. 2 years is a little more of a hiatus than I had planned, but having divested myself of my soccer responsibilities last night, I'm free now to wield keyboard in anger again.  Well, not so much anger; more bemusement, really, as I try to…
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