Book Trailer for my new book has been released!

Book Trailer for my new book has been released!

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[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://alicewroteit.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Project_03-02_HD.mp4"][/video] I've been working hard behind the scenes to pull together this Book Trailer for my newly published poetry collection "Fear Country" - available to buy right now by clicking this link here. This short film has been a labour of love, featuring an excerpt from my poem "From The Ashes" (performed by me). Film footage and photography by me, along with some additional royalty free stock images (no attribution required). Music: Royalty free, "Someday" by Alexander Delarge from Fugue (https://icons8.com/music)
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My New Poetry Collection “Fear Country” is Available Now!

My New Poetry Collection “Fear Country” is Available Now!

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It is the last week of February 2019. A year ago I handed in my notice to my old job and now, here I am, a fortnight after publishing my first ever collection of poetry. Whaaaaat??? I know, right? Crazy. Yes, yes that is awesome – thank you for noticing. My new book "Fear Country", is out right now, available for you to own for the mere price of £8.99 (less than a Domino’s pizza). You can get it on Kindle too for £5.99. I said, when I left that job, that I wanted to write, and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I mean, there was a lot of other stuff packed into the last year, too – developing worrying attachments to the diverse and complicated plot arcs of Peak…
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Where Do Ideas Come From?

Where Do Ideas Come From?

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This week I’m trying my best to avoid answering that old chestnut of “where do I get my ideas?”. Artists of all kinds are asked this but especially writers. Neil Gaiman calls it the Question That Shall Not Be Asked (like Voldemort, or Hamlet…). And yet, asked it gets.  I’m not sure whether people ask this because they think this is the sort of question you are meant to ask a writer, or if they are genuinely looking for an answer. Either way, you’re going to be left feeling unsatisfied, because there’s not a satisfactory answer...because no-one (not even writers) knows. No one can tell you where their ideas come from; not really. Not in a nice, easily digestible prescriptive formula (you don’t just offer up your first-born, or sign…
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Why I Write and What I Get From It

Why I Write and What I Get From It

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For this week’s blog, I thought I’d try and tackle the question of “Why I Write and What I Get Out Of It”. It’s a question lots of writers, many more accomplished and erudite than I, have tackled over the years, but one I thought I’d throw my oar into anyway. In a nutshell, I suppose, I write because I have something to say, and a narcissistic streak that wants people to pay attention… but there’s also this need in me to be understood and to use writing as a way to understand. I’m going to try and explain, no doubt in my usual clumsy hamfisted way exactly why writing, and writing poetry, is a thing I feel like I have no choice but to do. Grab a coffee and…
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So I Quit My Job…

So I Quit My Job…

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After 10 years being employed as a transport planning consultant, I quit my job. It was, in some ways, the hardest decision I have ever had to make, and in others, the easiest decision, because by the time I handed in my notice, it sort of felt like there wasn’t much of a choice. Stay and continue stretching myself out so thinly that I would almost certainly disappear, or leave and breathe. That’s how it felt - that I’d stopped breathing, or at least was only taking the barest sips of air before being submerged again. At the end, my anxiety was at a peak I’d not felt for over a decade; a high chord stringing out too long, but I need you to understand that my anxiety wasn’t why…
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Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody out there?

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So I made a website for my poems and stuff. Ta da! Shiny. It's quite possibly the most narcissistic thing I've ever done. I'm trying to reconcile this idea of having a place to keep and share my work, with this whole self-promotion thing. As an introvert with more anxiety than you can shake sticks at*, this...gives me creepies. Self-pimping aside, I'm quite proud of my little art baby. I hope in time, this will grow and evolve and chronicle my writing which, until now, has sat largely in my brain and on various post-it notes and google docs spread across the multi-verse. I hope you enjoy being here as much as I enjoy pottering around here. Imagine this website like a weird slightly hippy beach hut full of random…
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