End of October

Tonight is Halloween, my least favourite holiday. Why is that? Probably because I'm not one for dressing up. Halloween still has the feeling of an event we were tricked into taking part in. I do enjoy bonfire night though. Imolating a terrorist in effigy - what's not to love. Also, the food is better than what you get for Halloween. November should be an interesting month. NaNoWriMo starts first thing in the morning (where did I put that plot?) and the Eclipse Trio album will be released. It will appear on Bandcamp first, then iTunes.Bandcamp really is the business for releasing music but, sadly, it's not as well known as iTunes. You'll be able to buy CDs(with a free download) or just the download through Bandcamp. There's a beautifully produced PDF liner note booklet with the album too. We are still planning a launch party and some follow-up gigs. My other band is making good progress (although we're still looking for an electric violinist) and the Spingere EP might just get finished this side of Christmas (despite me promising it for Summer). There are upcoming problems with family and ongoing ones with the neighbours to deal with too. It feels as if every second on every day is spoken for. It's a good job I like being busy.

Stormy Monday

DSC_0077 by WJCruttenden
DSC_0077, a photo by WJCruttenden on Flickr.

The storm on Monday was nothing like the big one that hit the UK in the 1980s. I remember that because I was having an argument with my then girlfriend while we were sitting in my car. The argument went on so long the sky changed from light to dark and at one point I noticed a small tree, flying horizontally past the windscreen.

This storm was brutal further south, but not so bad here. My drive to work was interupted by this fallen section of a tree, and the roads were layered with smaller branches and twigs, but that was it.

The Eclipse Trio album should be out on Friday 1st November through Bandcamp. I'll post a link when it's ready.


The Eclipse Trio album is almost here. With luck, as I'm writing these words there is a machine somewhere churning out hundreds of copies of the CD.

In the meanwhile, here is a sampler of the album to give you a flavour of the whole thing. I hope you like it.


It's NaNo Time!

November is approaching and, although my life is as jam packed with busy important stuff as everyone else, I’m going to enter NaNoWriMo again. For the uninitiated (and those who couldn’t be bothered to click the link back there) NaNoWriMo is a novel writing competition which gives you all of November to write a 50,000+ novel. The idea is write, don’t revise. This works extremely well with me. If I revise as I go, I don’t get anything finished.

So far I’ve completed two novels this way and been marginally proud of them. The reason for taking part, for me, is that I stretch my writing muscles more and I get something at the end of it. If I don’t get the Big Important Novel this time it will at least be the Novel On The Way To The Big Important Novel. Which is just as good.

You aren’t allowed to start writing the novel until Novermber 1st but you can plan. This year I’m using some chance operation techniques to provide creative constraints. This might sound like pretentious wankery but it does help provide a structure which, if pushed, I can always ignore.

As with previous years, I don’t have enough time to do this, no one will read it and it won’t change anything in the outside world. But I’ll do it anyway.


Poem for National Poetry Day

Water, water, everywhere

You speculate wildly on the weight of clouds,

Without worrying about the rain they contain.

“Enough water to crush a car,”

You tell me.

So that now the floating, fluffy whites,

No longer hold a silver lining,

But a shining, heavy weight.

You bandy your statistics without pause,

While I decide it’s time to duck indoors.



If anyone reading this is trying to reach me on my mobile phone, give up. Well, give up for the next week or so. My phone is off for repairs and meanwhile I’m using the old number (the 07989 one).

In other news: the Eclipse Trio album is slowly working its way into my Dropbox folder so it should be ready for CD duplication and uploading soon.

In other, other news: we narrowly survived a car crash on Sunday night. The oncoming driver missed our car by a few feet but then lost control and hit someone else. No one died but three people are in hospital. So, if you’re overtaking a string of cars on a narrow road, in the dark… think again.