Costa Book Awards Winner Announced

Costa has announced its book of the year!

Kate Atkinson has been pipped to the post by début author and mental health nurse Nathan Filer with his book, The Shock of the Fall. Chair of the final judges, Rose Tremain CBE, said: ‘This book stood out in a very good list. The voice in which the author has chosen to tell his story is perfectly aligned with the subject matter and very well sustained to the end.’

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BBC reveals Capaldi’s outfit as the Doctor

The BBC have revealed Peter Capaldi’s outfit as the 12th Doctor. Capaldi has described it as having “[..] woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”

 

Moffat has said: “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over – Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”

The latest series began filming earlier this month and is predicted to finish in August.

So what do people make of his new outfit? Good? Bad? What do you think of the description of this Doctor as a rebel Time Lord? What are you expecting of this new series and of this new Doctor?

Fanfiction Ponderings

Any thoughts? You can find my thoughts on the writing of fan fiction here: http://wp.me/p3wbJV-3w

Where Landsquid Fear to Tread

Apparently we’re not out of the woods yet. Sorry, Squiders.

I go through these fanfiction binges. They’re quite terrible, and I don’t really get anything else done during them. They’re kind of random. Sometimes it will be because I’ve finished something and either need to wait for the next installment and can’t quite manage it, or because there will be no more installments. Sometimes someone else will mention fanfic or link to a story. Sometimes there’s mentions on social media that pull me in.

This current bout happened on Tumblr. I do not tumble or whatever the appropriate verb is, but I do occasionally read other people’s Tumblrs because that seems to be where fandom has, in general moved to (I am a dinosaur and was active when fandom lived on LJ and haven’t quite managed to bother to make the shift. Not like I ever look at LJ anymore…

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Author Kevin Cooper

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Kevin Cooper was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, England in 1963, moved to the USA in 1985 where he first studied to get a GED in Kentucky, obtained a scholarship and went on to study at Western KY University for two years.

He transferred some of his credits to Asbury College and obtained a BA in Psychology in 1991.

After finishing at Asbury College, he studied at Asbury Theological Seminary for a year before moving to Arizona and enrolled at Grand Canyon University.

In 1998 he obtained an M.Ed from Grand Canyon University where he was also awarded a Graduate Fellowship.

Kevin was a substitute teacher for several high school districts in and around Phoenix for over six years before becoming a Manager for The Hertz Corporation in 1999-2004.

During this time he also became a lecturer of General Studies at the Metropolitan College of Court Reporting.

In 2004 Kevin returned to…

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The Writers Forensics Blog: 100 Top Websites to Bookmark

Need some help with forensic science for your work?

The Crime Fiction Writer's Forensics Blog

The crew over at FornesicScienceDegrees.org have listed The Writers Forensics Blog as one of their Top 100 Websites to Bookmark, which they describe as a “list of great sites to present practical, real-world information on the subject.” Many great sources here.

Thanks. I’m flattered.

 

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Social Media for Writers

I’ve found this excellent web page to help writers to make the most of social media networks to promote themselves and their work, looking at each of the big websites and how writers can use them to their advantage. You can have a read of it here: http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2014/01/22/making-the-most-of-social-networks-as-a-writer/

It doesn’t include ALL the  different social media websites, like Google+, in the main article but have a look in the comments where  Google+ is discussed and all the websites are compared.