I’m a musician, a music writer, an aspiring SF novelist and an occasional amateur poet. For the most part, as far as the intarwebz are concerned I’m a music writer, largely through the medium of this, my website. You can find my writing on music splattered all over the front page, with more arriving on an entirely unrealistic weekly schedule: one essay, four reviews, and a round up of interesting news and links (the last with some commentary, because I can’t help myself). It is also the place to find the short snippets of fiction that I deem fit to share with the world, some poems that I really shouldn’t share, but will anyway, and some links to my musical activities.
My music writing is eclectic or catholic (I’m not sure which), and is motivated by a desire to give musicians an impartial and informed representation, and to support truly creative and independent work. I see creativity both in the nuanced manipulation of generic conventions, and in stark staring experimentalism, which means that some of the music I rate is highly accessible, and some of it is pretty ‘difficult’ or demanding. I’ve been on a fascinating voyage of exploration over the past few months, and I hope you’ll join me on it.
In my fiction writing, my first goal is to finish my first novel, which is very much of the waving-swords-around variety: it is an attempt to re-tread the ground that Tolkien charted, in terms of showing ordinary, familiar characters exposed to extraordinary events, but without once, ever, even slightly pretending that stabbing people with giant knives could be a fine, glorious, exciting thing to do. I also have about a dozen more ideas for other novels, most of which are, to a more or less tenuous degree set in the same world. As I write stuff and develop my world, I hope to publish short stories here, and also to publish the history, mythology, maps and background information that go with the stories: if anyone is frothingly insane enough to have a crack at writing some fan fiction set in my world, that is something I would intend to encourage as much as possible. I also write poetry, but the less said about that the better!
While this site may appear to be a music blog, it’s not very bloggy. It’s not the sort of place that I could very easily bang up a photo of a book I read and say ‘look, I read this amazing book’, or blether on about my latest existential crisis. For this reason, I also have a bloggy blog, called Oli’s Adventures in Writingland.