I’ve been tagged in a blog tour aimed at those of us who write for a living. I don’t often take part in these things (mostly because this website is considered ‘unsuitable’ by a lot of more general bloggers!), so I jumped at the opportunity when it was offered to me by my favourite literary editor, The Book Analyst.
What am I working on?
I’ve just this afternoon finished an article about unusual corpses for a national women’s magazine. It’s the second time I’ve written for this particular publication and I’m really hoping that they like my work.
I do a little bit of public speaking and have got two things coming up that need powerpoint displays, so I’m making notes for those. One is for a local philosophy and science group and is a talk about the disposal of dead bodies, and the second is for university students, looking into the value of having a ‘portfolio career’ rather than putting all our eggs into one professional basket.
Death Cafe Shrewsbury is on May 8th, so I’m roughing out flyers and info sheets for that. I’ve just been sent the most beautiful artwork for it, which was created by my awesomely talented friend Susie Cavill from White Streak Productions:
How much does my work differ from those of others?
I think the most noticeable thing about my work is just how variable it is. Apart from maintaining The Skull Illusion and the freelance writing, I also write erotica (as Indigo Moore). And I work on a stable yard three days a week, so at least I’m forced out from the desk and into fresh air occasionally.
Why do I write what I do?
I’m fascinated by the death process and the cultures that surround it. It’s the one thing that is going to happen to everyone whether they like it or not, and I feel passionately that it should be discussed more deeply and more frequently. My Twitter biog describes me as ‘bringing death out of the coffin’. I’m also very fond of the motto ‘You Only Die Once’!
How does my writing process work?
Coffee. Sooooo much coffee. And often working late into the night because I have spent my daytime hours looking at goats on the internet
I nominate my lovely chum Ruby from Erotic Notebook (probably NSFW, depending where you work!).
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