Monica Handle

Monica Handle

55 years old
Male
Location
Middlesbrough
United Kingdom
Current Status
Dunstan is back at work, following his weird robot vacuum algorithms. Wish he'd be a bit quieter, though.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Other
    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. Published, but in academic (social science) circles; a fiction neophyte except for an ill-judged self-publish foray some years ago. I'm hear to learn and help where I can

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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    @Penworthy - I'm with you on this. If I ever manage to finish any fiction, to a standard that I'm pleased with, I know I'll have written it to be something that I'd enjoy reading, and not something that I think some imagined other person would ...
    13 days ago
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    Skylark
    Skylark commented on Monica Handle's wall:
    Oh, that has left me feeling quite strange! I want to know more! Great comp entry :-)
    19 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle Dunstan is back at work, following his weird robot vacuum algorithms. Wish he'd be a bit quieter, though.
    23 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on Dolly's Blog "Vanishing Point".
    Dolly - I've recommended this book on another thread, but I think it's worth doing again, here. Douglas Hofstadter's 'I am a Strange Loop' summarises his lifetime of research and cogitation on the nature of conscious and what it means to 'be'. In ...
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Monica Handle's wall:
    Unsettling indeed your comp entry. Nastily so. Well done.
    1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle commented on Foxrose's wall:
    Thanks Foxrose. I thought less might be more, this time round. I've been reading my way through all the competition entries, when I have some free time, and I've hugely enjoyed the variety and the spread of imaginative interpretations of the ...
    1 month ago
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    Foxrose
    Foxrose commented on Monica Handle's wall:
    You nailed your comp piece. Very well-painted. It left me with a lingering melancholy, like he was going to find out something horrible about the baby's mother soon, and I would never know what it is. Well done!
    1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    There is, and I found earlier a candidate for it. Howard Jacobson, writing in his Saturday Guardian column, comments on briefcases and satchels he has owned, thus: "... my professor's Leonhard Heyden Salisbury, capacious enough to carry the ...
    1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle Feet up, basking smugly in the knowledge that Dunstan, my robot vacuum cleaner, is hard at work in the kitchen.
    1 month ago
    • Monica Handle
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      Monica Handle And now wondering when robots will become regular characters in novels about contemporary life, rather than featuring in sci-fi and future fic? Is that moment now?
      1 month ago
    • Bric
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      Bric I'm not a robot!
      1 month ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus I'm afraid I can't allow you do to that, Dave
      1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Weirdly, re: documenta, from this week's 'Funny Old World' column in Private Eye: "The concept for this exhibition was born when I began visiting galleries," art critic Jessica Dawson told a press conference in Brookfield Place, Lower Manhattan, ...
    1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Daedalus - I believe it was. I wish I could remember the line, delivered by Kenneth Williams, which goes 'Something - something - something, and INNUENDO!', thus brilliantly making a self-referential joke about the word itself. You have to ...
    1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    RichardB - I occasionally listen to episodes of Round the Horne, just to reacquaint myself with the outrageous puns and filthy Polari word play. "We've got a criminal practice that takes up most of our time" springs to mind. And 'The Bona World of ...
    1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    "Monica Handle" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    And yet the BBC allowed Kenny Everett to create a character called Cupid Stunt. Who was introduced as such, during a kind of spoof interview, by none other than Michael Parkinson.
    1 month ago
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    Daedalus
    Daedalus commented on Monica Handle's wall:
    Thankyou Monica, much obliged to you - by all means obsess away
    1 month ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle commented on Daedalus's wall:
    Very well done on your excellent August competition win, and thanks for a thought-provoking September challenge. Now obsessing over doorways.
    1 month ago

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Published, but that's as an academic, dilettante journalist and technical author. One self-published short story collection, but otherwise a fiction neophyte. Looking to improve and learn.

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  • Skylark
    by Skylark 19 days ago
    Oh, that has left me feeling quite strange! I want to know more! Great comp entry :-)
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 month ago
    Unsettling indeed your comp entry. Nastily so. Well done.
  • Foxrose
    by Foxrose 1 month ago
    You nailed your comp piece. Very well-painted. It left me with a lingering melancholy, like he was going to find out something horrible about the baby's mother soon, and I would never know what it is. Well done!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month ago
    Thankyou Monica, much obliged to you - by all means obsess away
  • S J Hughes
    by S J Hughes 1 month ago
    Hi just had a good read, i hope to god i'm never that sea-sick, funny and engaging. UTB.
  • Hel
    by Hel 1 month ago
    What a dreadful journey, Monica. But very exciting to read.
  • J.net
    by J.net 1 month ago
    Thanks for the comments, MH. Yours drew me in in a strange sort of way. Clever prose - good work.
  • Sandra
    by Sandra 1 month ago
    Forewarned by comments I read this before eating. And am glad I did. Read it And eat later. A very ... moving tale.
  • Hil
    by Hil 1 month ago
    Queasy indeed. Vomitocracy - haha!
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 1 month ago
    Nauseating and compelling comp entry MH. Not quite sure what I just read but it drew me right in, and also contains the best coinage I've seen in ages