My girl Ruthie is a like tiny, complex timepiece. I don’t understand her inner workings, and she isn’t one for great displays of warmth or emotion, but she’s relentlessly active and coolly delicate; I can hold her in my hands, I can rely on her precision, there’s a quiet beauty to her form, and I know there are jewels deep inside the mechanism.
I don’t write about her much, she’s sort of unknowable, but she was in this story:
Bill Paxton died yesterday. He was my favourite 80s character actor: Chet in Weird Science, Hudson in Aliens and Severin in Near Dark.
No one could better combine sneering arrogance mixed with freaked-out panic.
Beginner’s Luck: A selection of short stories that could serve as the opening chapters of novels.
Free download 27th Feb – 3rd March.
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Found this too. Reading it makes me sad, cos I never did tell him. Never did thank him either. But he knew.
Found this on my old blog:
You can’t see from light into dark. You can’t plot a course. You just have to feel your way through.
Drugs, dreams and dead-end families in the City of Culture 2021.
Free kindle download 22-26 February. Click image for link.
Sex, random conversations and ultra-violence. A literary punch in the throat.
Free download 22-26 February. Click image for link.
St. Claire has given up the dealing and the one-night stands; he’s renounced violence, dropped out of sight and moved up the coast. He’s living like a hermit, trying to be a good man again.
Kaska lives in a hope-free, dead-end town where the only growth industries are teenage pregnancy and low-level street disorder; she’s sixteen, a gifted artist and she’s dying by inches. She’s desperate to break free.
But as both St. Claire and Kaska discover, life gets in the way of the best-laid escape plans.
The Heaven Field: free Kindle download 21-25 February.
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