June 29, 2010

You see...

...as soon as I say I've shut it down I start posting again. I'm contrary like that.

Anyway, the reason is as follows. I'm one of the smugerati who have an iPhone and last week I got hold of iBooks, Apple's new app (see what they did there?) for reading ebooks. It's excellent, taking the best elements of the doughty Stanza, the look of another app called Classics and fitting it all seamlessly on your computer within iTunes. The big advantage of this is that we're all familiar with iTunes. Figuring out how to find or download or load an ePub file into Stanza was always a long thing, but with iBooks all you have to do is drag and drop into iTunes and it appears in a nice little folder labelled Books.

Anyway, to celebrate this momentous change in reading habits I'm giving away an ePub file of a short story I wrote a year or so ago called "Taking The Biscuit". I don't think it's been published before, although I read it rather badly at the Book Club Boutique and was met with a combination of indifference, disgust and mild nothingness. Ah well. Anyway, I transformed it into an ePUb file sometime last year and this morning I added a natty 'cover'.

There's nothing more to say. Don't just stand there, download now.

June 16, 2010

As you may have noticed...

...I've killed this blog. Or rather, starved it to death. Or let it go feral. Anyway, what I mean is I'm not posting on it...

In the unlikely circumstances that you've come here because you want to know something about my writing, you can either read this 2008 article from The Independent (there hasn't been a huge amount to report since) or try some of my work for free using the Power of the World Wide Web and your best clicking finger:

"The Heritage" - a direct download link for the pdf of my second novel for Faber & Faber. No, I'm sorry, I don't have it in ePub or similar formats but I am giving it you for nothing, so stop complaining.
"The Worms" - short story on Dogmatika. Don't remember much about this one. I think I was pleased with it at the time.
"Tale" - short story on 3:AM. Tales of The Unexpected eat your heart out.
"Cops" - short story on Scarecrow. No one gets this one. Maybe there's nothing to get..?
"Doorsteps" - a short story for the March 2009 issue of Beat The Dust. Quite odd, if I remember rightly. Possibly lacking in any sense.
"Camera" - a very short story on the 3:AM site. A popular choice, sir...
"Hole" - a short story I wrote for Radio 3's The Verb now downloadable as a neat, tidy and free pdf. No, no ePub on this either, but maybe someday soon...
"Once Upon One" - a flash fiction on my main page. Rejected for some lame flash fiction comp, this poor orphan needs your love.
"Clear Water" extract - downloadable from the Faber & faber website (this link may be dead by now. I would imagine so, anyway).

If you wanted anything else, I'm afraid I can't help you at the moment. Unless it was to give me money or praise me or offer me a book contract, in which case email me: willATvernalandDOTcom