Browsing Archive: August, 2013

Keep It Simple

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Monday, August 26, 2013, In : Reviews 
I've been reading some classic stories, courtesy of Paul Hatcher. The Pedestrian is by Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451. A man takes a walk on a November evening. The writing is evocative, yet spare. There isn't one wasted word. The tale itself is science fiction, and as with all good SF (even the stories that are full of aliens) it concerns the human condition and where we might be heading. The story was written in 1951, which makes it uncannily prophetic.
The second tale, August H...
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How Strange!

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Sunday, August 18, 2013,
Following on from what I wrote last week about how coincidences that have happened in real life seem too far-fetched if used in fiction, did you hear about the Chinese zoo where the lion turned out to be the keeper's pet chow-chow dog? It took a small boy to point out that lions didn't bark. The story made me think straight away of Hans Christian Anderson's fairytale, The Emperor's New Clothes. The reason that Anderson got away with such an improbable tale was primarily because readers unders...
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Happy Coincidences

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Sunday, August 11, 2013,
Here's a definition of 'serendipity' from the Oxford Dictionary: "faculty of making happy discoveries by accident". This week, I've made a few serendipitous discoveries, not least how well my view of how creativity involves talent, hard work and (you guessed it) serendipity chimes with that of Paul Hatcher, an artist who combines all three. You'll find his work at http://thedrawingsofhatch.blogspot.co.uk and http://thehouseofhatch.blogspot.co.uk.
Although serendipity is a great thing to find ...
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Home Again

Posted by K. S. Dearsley on Monday, August 5, 2013,
I'm back. I've been to Vienna for three days, followed by three days in Budapest and I'm just about recovering from the heat, which was in the mid 30s or higher most of the time. It was far too hot to wander around on the sunny side of the street, so while I was sitting outside bistros with something cold and non-alcoholic in a glass (alcohol and high temperatures just don't suit me), I had plenty of opportunity to people watch and to write about anything I had seen or done and my impressions...
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About Me


My writing career began as a freelance feature writer for the local press, businesses and organisations. Now a prize-winning playwright and short story writer, my work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic. I write as K. S. Dearsley because it saves having to keep repeating my forename, and specialise in fantasy and other speculative genres.

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