NCTJ-qualified British independent journalist, author, and travel writer. Part-time vagabond, full-time grumpy arse. jamesgarside.net/links
For five straight minutes, Maia held a breast that wasn’t there. She cupped her hand where her left breast should be and stared at herself in the full-length mirror.
The woman stood before the mirror. She was naked again and dressed in scars. She had a jagged scar across her belly like a crooked smile.
A Brooklynite Author Who Gives Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett a Run for Their Money
I’m delighted to have read The Devil and the Wolf — a dark comedy fantasy by Richard L Pastore. It’s worth a read if you love Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, or the late Terry Pratchett — and who doesn’t love them?
Cold White Room
I slept in a cold room; so cold that I couldn’t move and couldn’t breathe. I tried to sleep, and tried to keep warm by burying my head in the pillow, but fell asleep with my arms trapped underneath me.
Save the Hedgehog of Democracy!
On Sunday night the fascist British National Party (BNP) got in — the next morning I rescued a hedgehog as it cowered at my door. Coincidence? I think not. We need to save the hedgehog of Democracy!
My Secret Visualisation Technique to Dramatically Improve Your Stories
Do you feel like you’re lost at sea when it comes to telling your stories? You want to write a novel, short story, or screenplay, but keep drowning in the details. You know what it takes to write a decent story, and you’re in love with the story that you want to tell, but you’ve bitten off more than you can chew. You’re willing to write your ass off, and have written successfully in the past, but you choke at the sight of the blank page.
This is my courageous life, show me yours
I recently stumbled across my answers to some Courageous Living exercises from Your Courageous Life by the wonderful Kate Courageous (Kate Swoboda). They were written as a predictive vision of my best possible self, many years ago, and at the risk of great personal embarrassment I’ve decided to post them here.
The Obligatory Post about News Break
Breaking News Whenever I try to write something just for the money I feel like the double-crossing drug dealer in Grand Theft Auto Vice City.