September 9, 2014
September 9, 2014
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On my Facebook profile I’ve been nominated to list some of my favourite things.
Fifteen films I never forget:
-and, hell yes-
Ten Favourite Books:
Stone Junction by Jim Dodge
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
The books list was harder than the film one. To discover another four hundred and ninety(!) books I love, check my LibraryThing profile.
August 28, 2014
How has your summer been? Mine’s been ace. I’ve spent it binge-reading the works of Georges Simenon and Christopher Isherwood, dreaming up thrilling ideas for my next book – and making a racket with this:
It’s a theremin. I hope one day to play it with even a quarter of the delicacy, style and haunting beauty of virtuosos like Lydia Kavina and Thomas Grillo. For now, however, I’m more than happy to sound like flying saucers, the scream of rifts in time and space and the fatal frequencies conjured by the hapless Crawford Tillinghast in H. P. Lovecraft’s From Beyond.
July 25, 2014
It’s been a long, bloody and entirely self-inflicted slog but Draft Three of my new book is FINISHED.
Check out what I got for a tenner in a secondhand bookshop to celebrate:
I’m especially pleased with the middle one – a lovely hardback of Beast by Peter Benchley. In view of my own book’s cephalopodal elements my chancing across this titan of Squid Lit. now is eerily appropriate.
February 7, 2014
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I’m in full deep dive mode on Draft Three of the new book. As a matter of fact I recently upgraded my writing bathysphere to one of these:
The current challenge, as often before with stories of mine at this stage, is characterisation. You’ve heard of authors who know their characters inside out before they start to write, or claim that their creations come to life and drive the story themselves? I’m not one of those. My tendency with early drafts is to focus on plot, world-building, action, structure – stuff. But of course the people in stories need attention too. Hence the question above, as posed (often) by my editor Ruth K. during the redrafting of Crawlers and resounding in my brain ever since.
That gas tank? Mine’s full of coffee. And sometimes Scotch. ;D
January 10, 2014
Books are a large part of my life, and for most of the past two months my life has looked like this:
Now it looks like this:
Happy New Year
November 29, 2013
A wholehearted THANK YOU to City of London Academy and to Lydiard Park Academy for the warm welcome both schools gave me this month. Some feedback on my performance just came in from students at the latter:
‘Everyone was silent – nobody could take their eyes OR ears off him.’
‘I found Sam Enthoven really passionate about his work.’
‘I was very excited about seeing an author; when I saw him he was excited about his new book, funny and, well, a bit mad! But in a good way!’
For details about my school visits and how to book one, see my page at Contact An Author.
November 7, 2013
This is 30d – or as L. and I call it, The Thod.
For more than thirteen years for me it’s been been my airship, my space station, my Batcave and my Fortress of Solitude. It’s been a gateway to imaginary dimensions. Places I’ve gone while living inside it include Hell, the secret levels of the Bank of England and the Barbican, and (most recently) a room inside the head of a giant alien lobster lurking at the bottom of the sea.
I’ve got a lot of good memories of this place. Here’s to making more in the next.
October 30, 2013
October 23, 2013