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We are living in tragic times for literature. I just saw this tweet from Jordan Peterson:

I want to cry, instead I shall say, “we have always been at war with Oceania…”


At this rate George Orwell, William Shakespeare and all those genius white male writers will be forgotten an hundred years from now…


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Pregnant. Mother. Mother. Pregnant. The future stood waiting. The past stamped and pissed all over it… she imagined Bronwen, down in the belly of The Angel… relentlessly destroying a nameless child for all eternity… screaming on and on until… Tessa knew… nothing was going to change anything… only one way to avoid this truth: Drugs.
—- Blackout, 94 second sample:  https://soundcloud.com/tracywilliams/tessas-pregnant-mother-in-blackout-week-12-serialization

Subscribe:  https://tracywilliams.me/serialisation/

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Harry would never respect her if she kept talking like a whore, he said.
The advice fell on shameless ears.
There are some men with whom women find it easy to flirt, Tessa told Sam. And there are other men with whom women find it impossible not to flirt. Harry was both of these.

The surveillance footage from Tessa’s bedroom was the most boring, relentlessly eventless film Harry had ever watched. If nothing was going on in there save for staid intellectualism there was little point in spending money or time on that particular camera and tapes. Sam had no power over what she did when alone…
“Don’t you know the most erogenous zone in the female body is the brain,” Harry told his nephew. “Why don’t you go in there with her and … you know …”
Read to her.”

—- Blackout, The Dark Side of the Valleys. Chapter 17. http://www.tracywilliams.me/serialisation

—- to hear a 54sec sample: https://soundcloud.com/tracywilliams/tessa-men-in-blackout-week-10-serialization

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Blackout: Audio

The audio recording of Blackout will be released tomorrow at 9am to acknowledge St David’s Day in Wales. The first reading is free of charge. Interested listeners can subscribe in order to receive all subsequent chapters, one a week, on audio and in text form. This is a great way to read by listening to the author’s voice. Each episode is priced at £1.00 – the entire performance is eleven hours long. Each reading takes about 45 minutes. There will be thirteen weekly performances on every Wednesday from March 1st 2017.

I very much hope the voice will assist in emerging you more deeply in Blackout.

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Tracy's Graduation BA

The Masters Degree is next: Or the Magnum Opus. Question to self: Author or Academic?

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Robert De Niro was recently in a movie with me. It’s called The Killer Elite, loosely based on the book by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Most of my scenes are now, thankfully, on the cutting room floor. Here’s what remains (I’m the one with the blonde hair).

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Forty Years


The cake was a beautiful surprise; a replica of a vintage Smith Corona typewriter I recently bought out of pure nostalgia for the days when writers went click click clack clackety clack.  It had rice paper scattered around it with sections from Blackout written upon said rice paper. Thus rendering me able to eat my own words.


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