Last edits on your novel? Record an audio-draft

An audio-draft is essentially a scratch audiobook. An audio-draft does not require professional recording kit or access to acting talent. You can (and absolutely should) narrate it yourself, and it can be more or less entirely recorded and edited with the memo app that ships with the average smartphone. So why should you do it? […]

52 Stories #7 – The Idiot President by By Daniel Alarcón

The Idiot President was published in The New Yorker in October 2008. Set in a recently war-ravaged South American nation, the story describes the two months a recent theatre school graduate spends with a traveling radical theatre group named Diciembre. After last time’s incident-packed short story, this one can be summed up really in a […]

52 Stories #6 – Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

It was a warren of a place off Coldharbour Lane with echoing stairwells and concrete floors. An oddly brutalist interior at odds with the Victorian fascia that shouldered up tight to the pavement. We climbed at least one flight of stairs and took several turnings before we reached the flat. J was waiting at her […]

52 Stories #5 – Yours Truly by A. M. Homes

Here are some things that I would say. A list of sorries. A bucket of them. A penitent dumptruck, loosing sorry like a shoal of fish, not yet dead and flapping uselessly on the pavement. I would say goodbye in the right way. I would phone up one or two of the dead and take […]

52 Stories #4 – Sea Oak by George Saunders

This week, Sea Oak by George Saunders. You can find it in the collection Pastoralia or online at The Barcelona Review. They summoned me along with thirty or so other managers the day before the axe fell. At the head of the room stood a representative for the security department in a jolly primary coloured […]

52 Stories #3 – The Labrador Fiasco by Margaret Atwood

This week in 52 Stories: The Labrador Fiasco by Margaret Atwood. It is anthologised in Moral Disorder And Other Stories. It is also available online. S insisted she was there where it happened. It was a dinner party, S and a companion, a married couple and the hostess. The conversation had turned to disastrous trips […]

The Human Claim by Ali Smith

This week in 52 Stories: #1The Human Claim by Ali Smith.

Some years ago I worked for a large US company in Silicon Valley. Eventually, I moved away from the sun and from America, but I kept the job for a year while I put myself through some more school. Every six weeks or so, I stuffed some clothes and a laptop into a backpack and flew out to San Francisco to work at the office for a couple of weeks. […]

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I left my job to consult and write and build products and the result was predictably chaotic (it still is, to some extent). I should, of course, pare my projects down into a coherent two or three and give them the focus they need. But I have had little success with that. Some enterprises I […]

Introducing Pressmonkey – WordPress Tweet Scheduler Plugin

Pressmonkey is a WordPress plugin that lets you author, schedule and send tweets right from your post edit screen. You can also manage tweets all in one place either in list form or using a fully-featured calendar. Working from our own requirements and from the results of interviews with content marketing professionals, we designed Pressmonkey […]