Writers Life

Still dreaming

The fourth and final short film of John's dreams in my debut novel Escape has been launched.

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No return

This week, I finished the sixth and seventh chapters of my work in progress on Monday, and yesterday I wrote the eighth.

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Steaming ahead

I have just finished chapter five of my work in progress.

Next chapter of work in progress by LA Davenport

It's still called The Labyrinth for now, but I am already thinking of new titles. One thing for sure is I am really enjoying exploring the main character.

(Although he doesn't have a name yet!)

L. A. Davenport

Dream on

Following on from the relaunch of my debut novel Escape, I have released a second short film of John's dreams.

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Next Up

I have just finished chapter two of the next work in progress, which is tentatively called The Labyrinth (we’ll see how long that lasts).

And it was all written on this bad boy…

Typewrter used by LA Davenport for his work in progress

Can’t wait to get to the next chapter!

L. A. Davenport

Do you really need an iPhone?

I was once asked by a friend in a bar in Madrid, who was both too young and too old (and too drunk) to know better, what life was like before the internet.

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How to clean vinyl records

How to Clean Vinyl Recors by LA Davenport

In these strange times, we have the opportunity to take a little more time over things and get around to some of those jobs that we’re been putting off for an aeon.

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Should a writer write every day?

Should a writer write every day - by LA Davenport

This is the eternal question, or at least it seems to be nowadays. It has become very common and somewhat fashionable to throw down challenges to write daily, with the aim of developing a writing habit.

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Lockdown in Nice

Life in the shadow of Covid-19

Nice, France, is not the worst place to be stuck in lockdown. The sun still shines and the sky remains blue, but life in many other ways, some subtle, some obvious, has changed enormously.

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Cover Art for My Life as a Dog

Dear Reader,

I was going through my old drawings and I thought I’d share with you the original sketch I made of my lovely dachshund, Kevin.

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Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe by LA Davenport

The other day, in an independent café I shall not name, I perused the menu, unsure of what I wanted to drink. Eventually my eyes alighted on three enticing little words: Peanut Butter Smoothie.

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Peace and love to one and all

Merry Christmas from LA Davenport author of My Life as a Dog-Escape-No Way Home

I realise that Christmas is not something that we all celebrate, but the wishes of peace and joy at this time of year is universal.

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Hounds of love

My Life as a Dog by LA Davenport 3D Cover

I am happy to report that, after much blood, sweat and tears (well, some sweat and a lot of effort), my memoir of a life shared with a black and tan dachshund is coming soon.

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Dog days are here again

Kevin the Dachshund in My Life as a Dog by LA Davenport - 4

An update on writing and my next book – a memoir of my life with a dachshund called Kevin.

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Finding my Nook

Excitement! Intrigue!

Well, maybe not intrigue, but definitely excitement – my short story collections No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories are now available on Barnes & Noble / Nook.

See, told you it was exciting!

L. A. Davenport

PS, Escape, my debut thriller, is also out now.

Ginger Colorado

In these trying times, what the world needs most of all is love.

Failing that, how about numbing the pain with a cocktail I invented recently on a trip into the French countryside?

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Escape to Dream

How my heartbreak following the death of David Bowie led me to Tumblr and the inspiration for the dream sequences in my debut novel Escape.

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Five-star Inspiration

Six years ago, I went on holiday to southern Italy. I thought I was going to get away from it all, but I ended up being inspired to write my first novel.

Find out how a strange occurrence in a five-star hotel and a chance encounter with a mysterious Russian led to the genesis of my new thriller Escape.

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L. A. Davenport

(I have also written about the inspiration behind my collections Dear Lucifer and Other Stories and No Way Home.)

How Dear Lucifer Began

I have just written a piece on the page for my collection Dear Lucifer and Other Stories on what inspired the pieces and how they came to be published in that form.

I hope you find it interesting! I shall be adding pieces on the origins of No Way Home and Escape in the coming days…

L. A. Davenport

Print out

I am super excited to announce that my books Dear Lucifer and Other Stories and No Way Home are now available as paperbacks, alongside the original shiny eBooks!

Thanks to Amazon’s lovely print service, you can order them to be delivered straight to your door, and you may even see them turn up on other catalogues.

So to get your copies, head over to my Amazon page to find out more…

L. A. Davenport

Philip the Kitten

It’s been a frustrating, long and tiring week, and there’s only one thing that help me with my anger management issues.

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You're dead, let's disco!

Guilty pleasure: I know it’s been a long while since it finished, but Sex and the City remains one of my favourite TV shows.

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Imaginary friend

I used to have an imaginary friend, but he snored.

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Good

I try to be a good person but unfortunately I enjoy failing too much.

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Memory

I can’t remember if I told you but I’ve got a very good memory.

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Review: War and Peace

It is intimidating for a reader, let alone a writer, to approach the idea of reviewing a book that stands so preeminently in the history of modern literature as War and Peace.

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Creating Book Covers

For the covers of my collections No Way Home and Dear Lucifer and Other Stories, I had the great fortune of working with someone who is not only a great friend but also a great designer, David Löwe, from Berlin, Germany.

To find out how David approaches design in general, and the covers for my books in particular, I caught up with him recently, asking him on how he comes up with his ideas, how he uses typography, the challenge of eBooks and the importance of animation in presenting book designs.

To read the interview, complete with illustrations, short movies and revealing insights into the creative process, go here.

You can see more of David’s work and some of what inspires him on Instagram.

L. A. Davenport

How much do I owe you?

Introducing the DBSM for calculating the cost of shared holidays

You know the scenario. A friend or family member says they’re hiring a villa for two weeks in the summer and you’re welcome to join them for as long as you can make it. Not just you, of course, but everyone else on their friends list.

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Writing Process: Surveillance Capitalism

In October, I talked about a couple of books that I had found very inspiring for an as-yet unnamed book that I am writing about a dystopian future.

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Search me!

In November, I added something to this site that I realised was essential, and was surprised that I hadn’t thought of adding before: a contact form.

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Build the Hedge

Instead of a wall, whether concrete or steel, why doesn’t Trump build a nice hedge?

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Happy holidays!

’Tis the season to be merry and be full of festive cheer but, with the new year approaching, it is also a time of reflection and contemplation.

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The State of the Nation

The path to self destruction is illuminated in neon and we’re heading straight for it.

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Mozartian mind grease

How do you keep going when you have a looming writing deadline or overwhelming word count to achieve, or when you’re writing something that is far outside your comfort zone?

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Tumblring over Freedom of Expression

What does ‘freedom of expression’ mean? Does it mean you can say what you like, whenever you like, wherever you like, to whomever you like? No, it clearly doesn’t. We have to respect rights of our audience as an equal individual, and to respect their background and their feelings. That much is obvious, and that is why we have laws against, for example, racism, intolerance and incitement to hatred.

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Contact

I’ve just added an update to the site that should have been there a long time ago, but I never got around to: a contact form!

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Brexit

Brexit is the greatest democratic expression of fear, doubt and paranoia of our era.

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Ready for editing...

Deathcast by L. A. Davenport available now on Amazon, Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, and Kobo

Sending the next story from my upcoming collection to be edited…

Where are we now?

Finally I am here, back at my desk from a long period away with work, work, work, and I'm slowly trying to get my mind back into the space of writing fiction.

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Thank you, The Bestseller Experiment

I think I’ve always been a writer. My mother likes to talk about the poetry and short stories I wrote when I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Certainly for as long as I can remember, I have been creating stories, characters, conversations, scenes and even entire fictional worlds, and lived so deeply in my favourite books that it feels, looking back, as if fiction was more real to me than reality.

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Writing Process: Research

I am doing some (well, lots, actually) of research for a novel I am working on. The idea has been gestating for a long time, but I needed some inspiration to help me give it more shape.

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The No Way: The Uncertainty Overload


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Dear Lucifer Design Process

The cover design process for my book Dear Lucifer and Other Stories by the brilliant David Löwe.

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Overheard #3

A grey-haired man whispering into the ear of his wife while walking through the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition: “I need something like that to make my moongate.”

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Man

Flip-flops, shorts, close-cropped hair and a checked shirt tight over his squat, bull-like body.

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Overheard #2

An exasperated American woman to her friend while walking along Regent’s Canal in London: “Who the fuck hand-washes glasses anyway?”

Overheard #1

An exasperated American woman to her friends while walking along the Arno in Florence, Italy: “I mean, you don’t need dick every night of your life.”

Review: The Tale of Genji

It is the delusion of youth to think that time is infinite, that we have infinite time and there will always be enough time for us to get done everything we want to achieve in life.

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Weight

Life is a heavy weight that sometimes crushes my soul.

Edge

I have never wanted to be at the centre, but always to be on the edge, on the periphery.

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Friendship

For some, friendship is merely a form of advanced knowing, with no affection and no care.

I have no interest in this form of friendship. I care deeply or I don't care at all.

Pig

For someone who is acting in an uncivilised or unpleasant manner, we often say they are acting like an animal or, worse, a dog or a pig.

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Merry-go-round

We like to believe that there is only one person out there for us. Just one person with whom we truly fit, to whom we can open up our souls and not be afraid.

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Sorted

Her: "I have to say, I thought you'd be more sorted by now than you are."

Me: "Yeah, me too."

Nicosia

Last year, I crossed to the Turkish side of Nicosia and wandered the quiet, still streets.

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Storm

I have tried so often to calm the storm inside my head, but I know I live most truly when I am lost within it.

Rise

The voices of fear, suspicion and paranoia sense their moment has come.

It is up to the rest of us to rise up and drown them out.

Walking

Walking through El Born on a Friday night in Barcelona, I heard a riotous, musical clatter.

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White

It occurred to me today that when we white people go to other countries, we rape the land of its resources, steal the profits and hold the people down, abusing and killing them at will, and we call it commerce.

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Darkness

The only darkness I see is in your eyes.

Resist

Now.

Reason

We are slipping back from the age of reason into the mire of mystery, into a world of gods and devils, ghouls and angels.

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