Arlock writes (personal). An outlet for Glossolalia

Writers Musings


I am no longer using this website. Instead, I have divided into two (I’m talented like that).

You can find my Speculative Fiction (Books & Short Stories) at

You can find my Non-Fiction (How to write, edit & market your writing) at

… and yes, I still host Author Web Pages.

Blog Rennovations

This page shall be going the way of the oyster, shucked for its most juicy pieces and the outer shell discarded.
The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
      To talk of many things:
Of books — and sales — and marketing platforms —
      Of authors — and avatars —
And should an online platform need to be updated now and then —
      And whether that time is now.’
Quick answer. It is.
This page has suffered neglect as I’ve focused more on writing, and the odd post I’ve considered has fallen silent as I didn’t want to orphan it on a nearly abandoned blog. Therefore it seems prudent to take this blog out the back and put one behind the ear like we did with old aunty Martha once she started mislabeling the Tupperware in the fridge.
In its place will spring up two new blogs, one for the creative side of my brain, and one for the business/editing side. will be for the worlds I write. All fiction, all the time. Maybe some behind the scenes things, and definitely the odd (emphasis mine) little excerpt or flash fiction that needs to be released into the world because it’s clogging up my mind. It needs to be cleaned up a little bit first, as of this moment it’s got some pleasant forest green theme and a picture of the walking path to work. Not very urban, and not at all dark, but it is on the way to my day-job so you could call it horror related 🙂 will be about writing and for writers. Focusing a bit on the how to’s and on why some writing advice, though technically correct, can do more harm than good. Expect the occasional large post, not just regular throw-away space fillers.
Some of the more popular posts from here will be recycled for the new sites, but I’m also going to dig in and create a lot more new content.



New Years 2017

My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016, which I should have done in 2015 because I made a promise in 2014, and planned in 2013.

Banned Books



There is no higher compliment than to have your book banned for challenging the social mores of the day. I can only hope to one day write something complex enough to make the reader question their world, and make the censors seek to keep it from the reader.

Some examples.

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)

By Ireland for its controversial themes on childbirth. Several states in the US tried to have it removed due to “themes on negativity.”

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

Its sin was to portray (in a sanitised manner) just how badly the poor were affected by the Great Depression.

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (1988)

Seen as Blasphemous by numerous Islamic nations. The number of death threats arising from this book suggests that Rushdie really hit a nerve, and had to go into hiding.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)

Confronting, to say the least, where it was sold it was usually in plastic and not available to minors. Still banned in Queensland, Australia.

Why? Well have a look at bret-easton-ellis-answers-critics-of-american-psycho.html

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)

Here’s a strange one. If you had to list the various nations in puritanical attitudes towards sex, America would come close to the top in western nations, and yet this book focusing on a man’s obsession with a 12-year-old girl, a book that was seized by the Home Office and called “the filthiest book I have ever read’ by the editor of the Sunday Express” and even banned by the French, was published without any issues in the USA.

Ulysses by James Joyce

Called the most vulgar, obscene and blasphemous book ever to be banned in the U.S, but also the 20th centuries best novel.


Oh… and anything the Sad Puppies don’t like.


Check out 25_Banned_Books_That_You_Should_Read_Today.html

the List_of_books_banned_by_governments