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Posts Tagged ‘Vaughan Simons’

Complete Write-Off

In Bloc business on August 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm

After eighteen months online and some seventy-four articles, stories, interviews, flash fictions, poems and miscellaneous other forms, I’ve decided to close Writers’ Bloc. I feel that it’s run its course and, to be brutally honest, I no longer possess the enthusiasm required to keep it running, reading submissions and putting up new material.

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Best of the Web

In Bloc business on October 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

Writers’ Bloc is proud to announce its nominations for this year’s Dzanc Books Best of the Web.

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Is this why you can’t look me in the face when you’re (writing about) slitting my throat?

In Process on July 7, 2009 at 11:07 pm

– A fevered dialogue. Internal. A fevered dialogue. Let’s go external. Let’s go ballistic. Go.

Yes, it all makes sense now. It all makes sense. Crystal. Stab me with your pen to make sure that it’ll all resound with the same perfect but unquantifiable clarity when I’ve got a fraying chasm in the centre of my chest, will you? Stab me repeatedly. I’ll need a bigger hole, not just some glancing flesh wound. You’re not trying hard enough, damn you.

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Chris Killen interrupted the writing of his second novel to answer these very trivial questions: oh, the guilt

In Interviews on April 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Things I know about Chris Killen, then. He was born in 1981. He lives in Manchester. The Bird Room, which was published earlier this year, is his first novel. I know these facts because all the very short biographies of Chris Killen mention them.

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If all else fails, you can still write

In Reasons on April 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Question: when someone suggests that you should write for a living, is the most appropriate response always to blush and feel extremely flattered?

Answer: no.

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The semi-colon: sex in punctuation form

In Process on February 28, 2009 at 11:10 am

Ladies and gentlemen, pray be upstanding – and then recumbent in sheer, panting orgasmic lust – for the semi-colon: the most misunderstood, underused and under-appreciated ‘member’ (cough) of the punctuation canon. Forget your full stop, cast aside your comma and shove your colon up your ass, because it is time for us to examine why the semi-colon should be the recipient of both our heartfelt hosannas and our wanton, salivating desire.

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It starts with a blank sheet

In Process on February 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm

This site – like paper or, more often these days, like the document one is presented when booting up a standard word processing package – is white. Very white. I sometimes wonder if that’s my first mistake in the act of writing. The sheer, unadulterated whiteness I place before myself.

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Nothing is original

In Web stimulus on February 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Nothing. There’s nothing original. So I might as well give up now. Goodbye.

That’s what I often end up mumbling to myself, usually an hour or so after I’ve finished writing something new, once the initial elated feeling that it was the most powerful piece of prose ever committed to pixels has dissipated, to be replaced by the awful realisation that someone, somewhere, probably did it all before. And did it far better, too.

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