Monica Handle

Monica Handle

55 years old
Male
Location
Middlesbrough
United Kingdom
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Experimental fiction
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Sci-fi
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Georges Perec
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Life: A User's Manual (Georges Perec), A Disaffection (James Kelman), The Sinking of the Odradek Stadium (Harry Matthews), The Dispossessed (Ursula K Le Guin), Lanark (Alistair Gray)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Procastinatory
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    To be good enough to be translated.
    Your worst habit?
    Imagining that another cup of coffee will help.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    I deeply respect the good folk of publishing
    Where do you write?
    At a desk
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I'm fond of word play and I kind of like fiction that plays about with big ideas.

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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Hilly's Blog "Our differences?".
    Those types of encounters are deeply unsettling at best, terrifying at worst. I once sat in a train carriage in which someone, a couple of seats away, suddenly decided to treat us all to their choice of music, very loudly. After a couple of ...
    1 day ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Barb's Blog "Malaphors - bring out your dead ends".
    They're fighting like rats in a barrel.
    2 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "All wrong?".
    Nothing boring about your comment, it's a perfectly reasonable view. But it's just as you say - a bit of mental exercise. And the restriction leads to a weird kind of creativity - at least I find that.
    3 days ago
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "All wrong?".
    Forgive me being a boring git. This is all very challenging as a mental exercise and I am impressed by the cleverness and verbal agility. But why?
    3 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle commented on JD's wall:
    Just out of interest, have you looked at any of Peake's other work? You probably know this, but he was a war artist who drew some fairly horrifying pictures of people in the death camps, and he also wrote some other seriously off-the-wall books. ...
    3 days ago
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    JD
    JD commented on Monica Handle's wall:
    Re: Gormenghast. It is. I love the names (in fact it was a radio interview where the interviewee commented on the names that turned me onto it); I mean, how delightful is it to say the name 'Sepulchrave' in a creaky, cryptlike voice? I love the ...
    3 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle commented on JD's wall:
    I see you are a fellow Gormenghast fan - it really is magnificent, isn't it?
    3 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Not right?".
    Very good! Only twitt'd missing.
    3 days ago
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    JD
    "JD" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "Not right?".
    Duly tweeted? ... twoot? ... twaught?
    3 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on RichardB's Blog "Ais Gill: Bad Coal and Complacency".
    I second all views above - I can hear the R4 narration in my head. Masterfully told.
    3 days ago
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    Caducean Whisks
    "Caducean Whisks" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "All wrong?".
    Yup. Well done!
    3 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle commented on Sandra's wall:
    Intriguing, disturbing, and with two of my favourite words - blowsy and tawdry!
    4 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle commented on Mashie Niblick's wall:
    Just read your entry on the caving disaster, which gave me a serious shiver. I guess most people have a horror of confined spaces, particularly dark, wet ones underground, but in my case the scene brought back a vivid memory of doing some caving ...
    4 days ago
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    Barb
    Barb commented on Monica Handle's wall:
    Thank you. I would certainly read on from the piece you've posted. You've really captured that uniform hotel room vibe and the need to find something distinctive.
    5 days ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on Monica Handle's Blog "All wrong?".
    Ill in my invisibility bikini, I limit this in 5*****
    5 days ago

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  • 22nd April 2017 Published

    All wrong?

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  • 21st April 2017 Published

    Not right?

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  • 21st April 2017 Published

    Something missing?

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  • JD
    by JD 3 days ago
    Re: Gormenghast. It is. I love the names (in fact it was a radio interview where the interviewee commented on the names that turned me onto it); I mean, how delightful is it to say the name 'Sepulchrave' in a creaky, cryptlike voice? I love the punishing slowness, the age-withered tradition of it all, where everything takes a million years to happen, and for no reason other than that is how it has always happened. It's as if there is no perception of a past or future, only a long-dead, eternal "now". I love the fact that the house of Groan knows nothing about the outside world other than the mud-dwellers. Until Titus rockets off on his jollies, that is. :) I love Fuschia's poem, "The Frivolous Cake".
  • Barb
    by Barb 5 days ago
    Thank you. I would certainly read on from the piece you've posted. You've really captured that uniform hotel room vibe and the need to find something distinctive.
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 5 days ago
    Thankyou. Was intrigued and entertained by yours - a setting that's so familiar and yet individual, and am left wanting to know more about how and why the main character fetched up there
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 5 days ago
    Gorgeous feast of place description in your comp entry, Monica
  • Bric
    by Bric 1 month ago
    Welcome!