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UNBOUND: A MONTH IN
TRIPWIRE 20 has been up at Unbound for around a month and it’s 5% into its pledges. So it’s a decent start to proceedings and I thought I’d talk about the process so far and share the images I’ve had in for the book. It’s been very interesting so far: TRIPWIRE 20 is the first project I’ve ever done through crowdfunding and so I have had to think of something to say every day on Twitter and Facebook to keep people interested. Because TRIPWIRE has such a rich history (with 55 back issues to dip into), I’ve been putting up whole classic features in the author’s shed, a place on the Unbound website that you can only access if you pledge on the specific book. I’ve also been plundering my contacts book to get publicity for the book. Having worked as a journalist and a sub editor for fifteen years have proven to be very useful. I have also been writing guest blog posts for people like my friend Stevyn Colgan and genre figures like Christopher Fowler have been kind enough to give the book a plug. The other thing, just like when we did the tenth anniversary book but perhaps moreso, has been the joy of getting images in to run in the book. As of this writing, we have art in from Drew Struzan, Henry Flint, Phil Hale, Walter Simonson, Dave Dorman, Ben Templesmith, Mike Mignola, Frank Quitely,  Roger Langridge, Jon Haward, Chris Weston, Duncan Fegredo, Dave Taylor, Joe Kubert, Mike Perkins and Howard Chaykin. This is an amazing list and one that keeps on growing. I have also come to realise that people don’t check Twitter and Facebook religiously so I have to keep informing them about the book. So here’s some of the images that I have in already. Please feel free to pledge on the book by going to www.unbound.co.uk/books/43 (also until 12th June, there’s £5 off pledges and that includes US residents. All you have to do is get the voucher code from here: http://eepurl.com/mddlX)Hope you enjoy the images…
TRIPWIRE 20th Unbound

WRITING ON THE WALL
I’ve started 2011 feeling upbeat about the future. I have finished the plot synopsis and draft chapters of the detective novel and will be sending it out this month. I’m pretty pleased with the way it’s turned out. Prose is hard work and I’m beginning to hate the text I wrote last year but I am going to persevere. It’s a character I created for a short story that I wrote to submit to a competition in 2009. It’s also a way for me to flex different muscles than the journalism and it’s something I’m finding satisfying…

ON WRITING
San Diego is now a distant memory as I’ve been back a month now. In between freelancing as a sub, I’ve been trying to make progress on two novel ideas. Fiction is bloody hard. For me, it’s a lot tougher than journalism. With that you have the structure and the protagonists (for all intents and purpose) already there for you. I’m also finding that, the more I read about writing novels and talking to other people about it, the more confused I get. I do feel like I’m making progress but I almost feel that I should just sit down and write something and see where it leads…



LOOKING BACK
With freelance work very quiet at the minute, especially subbing, I’ve been going through my old cuttings and contacts list in an attempt to generate some more work. The weird thing is that sometimes, when you’ve been writing for quite a while, you almost forget who you’ve written for. So from my cuttings archives, here is a piece I wrote for Variety about Elizabeth: The Golden Age, the King Kong feature I did for The Times back in 2005 and a piece I wrote last September for Time Magazine about Openhouse London…