For my inspiration, I could have added Poppy Z Brite, Oscar Wilde, Daphne Du Maurier, Bram Stoker, Tracy Chevalier, Saki, Sarah Waters, Will Self (the journalism, not the books, I can't understand them), Cathi Unsworth, Shakespeare (and so many others...) And these are only the literary inspiration! Don't get me started on the music...
A good couple of days for I Am a Muse!
My interview with the lovely Hannah Marsh from The Echo is in the weekend pull-out today! They've managed to put my picture in three different places in the paper... Guess I'd better get over my phobia of looking at pictures of myself... Not everything we talked about ended up in there, that is the nature of journalist - how I remember struggling with word counts for my reviews and features! - but I love the angle of the article. Everything in there is just what it's all about! :-)
I will make some proper scans for the press and review section over the weekend.
Thank you Stella for the wonderful review.
"I was the first sale Miss Gish made at the Secret Vintage Fair in Colchester back at Easter… ‘I am a Muse’ appealed to my sense of drama and called out to my curiosity. My intention was to read and write a review pretty quickly. But, nothing could have prepared me for the emotional journey I was about to undertake!
Miss Gish has managed to find the pure essence of Alda Thunberg’s grief and distress and it was painful to read at times - this is no criticism but the highest form of praise! The journey’s of self exploration that both women undertake is beautifully related and wholly believable. Miss Gish’s portrayal of the intensity of the relationship between artist and muse is wonderfully portrayed and I started to care about these characters and what happens to them; on several occasions finding myself either laughing or crying.
No 'Chic Lit' this book, but a clever and thought provoking exploration of the nature of dependency and the unseen cost of intense creativity."
One of my local newspapers has a small article about I Am a Muse - and a photo, eeek. You can read the article HERE (PAGE 5). It makes me sound so awfully cool. What it doesn't say is that the music journalism wasn't paid - well, in free CDs and gigs! ;-)
The article is positioned next to some adverts about back and pain relief and double glazing... Is that conveying some hidden meaning?
I have reached a decision and decided to make the first 15 pages or so of my first novel I Am a Muse available for free on this very website.
Go to the I AM A MUSE PAGE and you will be able to download the PDF!
I am thinking about putting some extracts of I Am a Muse on this website, but cannot decide between the following:
one free chapter, probably the first one, maybe as a PDF - but I am slightly worried that this first scene doesn't relect the overall mood of the book.
over a month, post one shortish extract every week.
Not too sure which way to go!
I'll think about it...
Matt ArtPix has designed a lovely little ad for Arcane Publishing!
If everything goes to plan, it should appear in the pocket edition that the magazine Level 4 is planning to do for the arts and music festival, Village Green.
I am not very good with slogans, and "Stories from the city, stories from the sea" was already taken...
When I decided to set up Arcane Publishing, I knew close to nothing about the publishing business - only the few bits of information I had gathered as an avid reader, hopeful writer/publisher and whilst working in educational publishing.
In the past 12 months, I have learnt an awful lot. I am getting there, but it is a very steep learning curve!
It doesn't exactly feel like being back to university; there is very little theory involved here; it is mostly practice!
To brush up on the main aspects of independent publishing, I have purchased The Insider's Guide to Independent Publishing published by the Independent Publishers's Guild.
I hope I will be able to become a member one day...
Beforehand, there is so much to learn.
Arcane Publishing will be at Dotty Sparkle's Vintage and Modern fair tomorrow in Thorpe Bay, Essex.
I will be sharing a stall with the talented designer Matt ArtPix who does all the design for Arcane Publishing!
I will be promoting I Am a Muse and selling copies at £6 (that's a discount of £1.99!).
Arcane Publishing also sells great second-hand books: cinema, entertainment, fantasy, children's books, music...
We are also building up a collection of great vintage novels with fab illustrated covers!
We might put them up for sale one day...
More events to come, and they are all on the Arcane Publishing events page!
Today, I had my picture taken for a local newspaper, and I genuinely felt very stupid! I do hope I will not look too silly...
The photographer liked the display in our corridor, and therefore the background to the picture is a big poster of cult post-punk band Killing Joke... We are officially a rock'n'roll household - we've always been, really...
I think therefore I write.
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