MJG’s 2014 writing roundup and lessons learned

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2014 has been a huge year for me, on many levels. A lot has changed with my writing, life, travel, qualifications, job, and overall existence. There’ve been lots of transitions and new developments. This post is all about my writing developments, and all the lessons learned: The story so far (up to 2014) At the end of 2013 I put out two trial balloon short story collections on amazon, self-published. The last time I dallied with such self-publishing was probably 2011, when I put up a single short story, which was also available for free on the internet in various …

story craft #19 Weight in a Name

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You’ve probably heard of the callback, a technique comedians use to get fresh mileage out of an old joke, often with exponentially uproarious results. Here’s a callback in Seinfeld: Seinfeld did these a lot, in this case it was a callback and a kind of catch phrase linking back to a previous episode, that when repeated multiple times, only gets more power. Master of my domain. I use these sometimes just hanging out with people- something gets mentioned early on, you see a chance to mention it again later, tangentially related to what they’re saying, boom, everybody laughs. Everybody uses …

What lies beneath …

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This via weburbanist, in turn via Maskull Lasserre. “Creatures large and small seem to have eaten their way out of the confinement of everyday items like rolling pins, axes, pianos and chairs in the hands of Montreal-based artist Markus Laserre. Previously known for his incredible skulls carved into the pages of books, Lasserre now reveals unexpected life (and death) within wooden objects.” Check out the whole article and more pictures at weburbanist. MJG says- I love this, especially the artist’s coat hangars with the wooden skin stripped back and the underlying bones showing. Yes. Show me the true reality of …

Ruins / Haikyo free for 3 days!

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I have free stuff for you! For 3 days starting Thursday 6th Feb to Sat 8th, my Ruins / Haikyo photo book Ruins of the Rising Sun – Adventures in Abandoned Japan will be available for free on Amazon here- Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk (My deep apologies if anyone gets this message twice.) As you may know- this book tells the story of my 5 years exploring the abandoned ruins of Japan, with highlights of all the best explorations told through a coming-of-age-ish story, with insight on travel, Japan, and growing up from a truly unique and bizarre perspective, accompanied by 200 …