Talking about all those lovely things.

One drizzly November morning, I sat down to a Skype conversation with the lovely Hannah Kate. Now, Hannah wears many hats, and one of those hats is as a presenter for North Manchester FM. She and I have shared email correspondence for years, as (under another hat) her small press Hic Dragones published my novel The Tattooed Wolf, but we have never actually spoken – words, sounds, jokes, stories, tangents, all those lovely things.

The interview was scheduled to take two hours. We didn’t even start recording for the first hour — we just chatted as if we’d known each other forever, trading tales of fireworks and Guy Fawkes and strange neighbours, and suddenly realized that time was passing quickly, and we were having so much fun that we hadn’t even noticed.

So Hannah started recording, and the conversation shifted to books, werewolves, landscapes, nature, murder, and my choice of reading for the Apocalypse. Good times! The interview was broadcast this morning on North Manchester FM, and I haven’t listened to it yet, but if you’re here because you heard us talking… Welcome!

Conversely, if you haven’t heard the interview yet, then you (and I) will be able to find it at the North Manchester Listen-Again site.

We continued to chat after we’d recorded the two-hour interview, and I’m sure we’ll have more conversations in future. I think it’s a magical thing, when two people race straight past the awkward small-talk to have a real, funny, inspiring conversation, and while we’ve known each other for years and years, I’m really happy we finally met!

 

 

Cyber Monday For Book Wolves…. I mean, Worms.

Because nothing says ‘Happy Cyber Monday’ like an impulse purchase of new books (at least in my household, anyway), Hic Dragones is extending Lycanthrovember to this Saturday, 6th December, when they’ll be sharing all things wolfy at the Alternative & Burlesque Fair at New Wakefield Street in Manchester. So until then, no matter where you are in the world, you can still get two werewolves for the price of one: my book The Tattooed Wolf, and the anthology Wolf-Girls.

(1) Follow this link to get yourself your copies.

(2) On the basis of its name alone, I really wish I was closer to Manchester so that I could visit the fair. It sounds amazing!!!!

Craft Corner: Knitting for Fun and Survival

Whether you’re using the finest angora wool or repurposing the yarn from a sweater taken off the back of a dead comrade, knitting is a fun, relaxing way to create useful items that can help you survive the Apocalypse. Here are a few ideas of items you can make while wiling away the lonely hours by a campfire:

Fingerless Gloves – These fashion accessories are a great way to keep your hands warm while leaving your fingers free to pull the trigger. They’re the perfect accessory for the distopian fashion statement you’re making; they’re easy to complete, feel cozy, and look rugged. Make them sassy by adding a fringe, decorating them with beads, or interweaving your stitches with the bleached knucklebones of your enemies.

Scarves – Keep your neck warm and safe from zombie bites with a thick, plush scarf! You’ll really appreciate the versitility of a scarf when you need a rope to scurry down a concrete wall, and they’re the perfect choice when stoppering a door to keep out deadly gases. Handy hint: choose dark colours, which hide blood stains better.

Satchels – It’s true, a girl can never have enough purses, and you can knit your own to carry everything from make-up and books to ammunition and wrenches.

Blankets – Why stick with yarn? Slice plastic bags into strips and knit them into a strong, lightweight blanket that will provide warmth and protection from rain; so handy on stormy nights when you’re huddled under the ruins of a bridge! And, because plastic never degrades, your blanket will last 1000 years, even after a nuclear holocaust. Your great-great grandchildren will appreciate this heirloom piece as they struggle to survive another merciless winter.

I suggest always taking your knitting with you. Knitting helps increase your manual dexterity, and your crafts can be cherished gifts for warlords and nomadic traders you might meet in your travels. Not only will you appreciate the hobby when you need a quiet moment to unwind, but knitting needles make fantastic weapons. I suggest a size 4 straight needle for puncturing the neck of a maurading wolf-beast, while a thinner size 12 works well for jabbing a zombie in the eye.

 

Happy knitting!

HEADS UP! CONTEST!

If you gaze over yonder to the righthand column, you’ll see an intrusive, garish crimson button that promises you the fluttering scintillations of a contest, which I invite you to enter, because only those who enter have the opportunity to win three… yes, that’s right, THREE… intriguing works of fiction from Hic Dragones, along with a sweet-n-stylin’ bag in which to carry them!  Trust me when I say, these books and matching bag are highly portable. You could carry them anywhere, including (but not limited to):

  • The beach
  • The bus stop
  • Family get-togethers
  • Your cousin’s wedding
  • The dentist’s office
  • Or anywhere else where you require a book to pass the time.

As for the quality of literature within those lovely covers… well! The slam-dunk combo of ‘The Tattooed Wolf’, ‘Blood and Water’, and ‘Wolf-Girls’ will provide everything you need to delight your heart and titilate your soul through the hot, sultry summer months. Werewolves – check! Girl werewolves – check! Shape-shifters aplenty – check! The books are, quite frankly, AWESOME, and I am in no way biased in my opinion.

So go ahead, click the big red button, or click THESE WORDS RIGHT HERE, and enter the contest for the chance to be a winner*. Take that first step. Aim for that rabbit. Don’t let the big disembodied balding baby head behind you distract you. Carpe diem, my friend!

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*Go on, give yourself a hug, you’re already a winner to me. 🙂

It’s Time to Elevate the Arts!

Every year, the Comox Valley hosts an awesome event called Elevate the Arts, where thousands of people get together to be creative in a myriad of different ways. Painting, drawing, dancing, circus arts, puppetry, storytelling, film making, watching and doing inspirational things. The streets and alleys fill with music and laughter. The buildings tremble with the roar of thrilled crowds. Really, it makes for one amazing Saturday.

If you’re coming the Elevate, drop by the Underground Craft Market and say hullo! I’ll be reading onstage at 10:45 am and 2:00 pm, but I’ll be there all day signing and selling books.  Come and chat about transformational mythology, or werewolves, or history, or Victorian medical procedures, or whatever strikes your fancy.  You know me – I’ll gab about pretty much anything.

For more information about Elevate, visit their website and check out the schedule of events.  And before you come visit, take a peek at this, which is brand new and only appeared yesterday and hints at what I’ll be reading this year…. awooooooo!

Library Visit!

Hey y’all!

I’ll be reading from “The Tattooed Wolf” at the Vancouver Island Regional Library – Cumberland Branch on Wednesday, May 28th, starting at 6:30 pm. This free event is open to everyone, so come and listen to some werewolf tails!  (I’ll have copies of the books for sale, too, in case you wish to take your own werewolf home.)

More info here.

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