Author: David Keane

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March Blog: March of Many Whethers

I’ve started the second draft of Attrition and am still very much in the preparatory stage. My first task is to rewrite the first 50K words in a third person close point of view. Thankfully this hasn’t been as daunting as I had feared it would be, at least so far, and long may it continue. I may yet make…

February Blog: The Time It Takes

I finally finished the first draft of Attrition in mid-February and to say I was delighted is an understatement. It was a long slog just to get the first draft done, far longer than I had anticipated, especially compared to Bitten By A Dog On Tuesday (the first draft of which I wrote in 6 weeks). At present I have…

Review: The Plot

Lilith isn’t seeking asylum, nor is she homeless is the physical sense, yet she is in need of safety and somewhere to rest in peace. Having died by suicide over 100 years ago she was buried in an unmarked grave, deemed undeserving of a proper ceremony for her alleged sin. Lilith’s death was a complex move to reclaim her own…

January Blog: One Hundred Thousand Words

I’m happy to report that January has turned out to be a hugely productive for me, writing wise at least. I was too busy to have the January Blues and if anything, the long month meant that I actually got more work done! That’s not to say that what I’ve done will be winning a Pulitzer anytime soon but I’ve…

December Blog: Lessons from a Blind Dog

The final blog post of the year is always a strange one; it’s that time when I feel compelled to look back on what was while also making plans for what I want the coming year to be. I’ll just say that 2018 was a very strange year, though each year now seems to fall into that broad category. Some…

Review: The Signalman

In a grim rail side hut a lonesome signalman tends to his duties. An unexpected visitor, keen to learn about the signalman’s job, all but invites himself in. At first tentative and somewhat fearful, the signalman eventually relinquishes to the visitor’s request for information. The visitor, a physician looking for a quieter life, soon realises that all is not what…

November Blog: A Change of Plan

Attrition continues to move in the right direction although I’ve conceded that I won’t get the first draft completed within 2018, barring a Christmas miracle. It really has become an action of attrition itself, in every sense of the word. Sometimes it feels as though the characters are goading me on “come on, I dare you to finish this” so…

Review: Extremities

In a quiet New Jersey farmhouse, somewhere between Princeton and Trenton, Marjorie idles the day away. Her boredom is broken by a wasp sting but little does she realise that this heralds the beginning of day that will change her life forever. The arrival of a stranger to her home, allegedly wanting to make a phone call, soon turns sinister…

October Blog: In a Glass Darkly

With Halloween on the horizon I’ve recently been reading In a Glass Darkly, a collection of short stories by Sheridan Le Fanu. Le Fanu was a Victorian Irish writer who mostly wrote gothic horror and mystery. One of his best known works, Carmilla, comes from this collection of supernatural stories. Carmilla is an early work about vampires and pre-dates fellow…

September Blog: A Tale of Three Halves

We’re well into my favourite time of year; between now and January is usually my ideal season. I know it’s probably not the most popular opinion but I’m glad the summer is over. There seems to be a backlash against “fetishising” autumn, which is understandable when every second thing is pumpkin spice this and that, but that doesn’t mean that…