Sunday 21 August 2011

Drive! now on Kindle

Well, here it is, at long last in eBook format. You can buy it for £1.35 here. Thanks to everyone who's taken an interest in my writing over the past year or so - it's been hectic. I'll be putting out a small collection of short stories (both published and unpublished) some time in September, so stay tuned.

Tuesday 2 August 2011

The Caff

Crocodile's in. They call him Crocodile because he looks like one. Not much, but nicknames stick. He's just told a joke about a guy with a Big Dick. He's got a Big Dick because that's how the midwife pulled him out of his mother.
No one laughs.
Then someone says, 'Heh, Crocodile, is that what happened to you?'
'Eh?' says Crocodile.
'They must have pulled you out by the tail.'
Crocodile lifts his glass. 'Fuck yez,' he says.

Monday 1 August 2011

Writing In Scots Dialect

I've been following a thread on Marion McCready's blog about writing in Scots. Writing in dialect is something that I spent a lot of time thinking about, even before I read Marion's blog post; my first novel, Drive!, is full of East Central Scotland argot.

Two things are clear to me. An unknown writer has a minuscule chance of finding a readership. An unknown writer writing in dialect has even less chance.

Any thoughts?