Finally got round to reading Crossed this week. It’s a 10 issue comic series by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows. I’ve wanted to read it for ages, being a fan of Ennis, and I saw it on sale on Amazon. The book has a reputation for being graphic and extreme. Read any review on Amazon to see that. But everything Ennis writes is like that. Look at Preacher, a brilliant book but it’s gross. Crossed takes this too another level. The first couple of issues just takes shock level to a new level with double page spreads of people being ripped apart. It must have been hard to draw that. I hated the first half of the book, it was just a rampage of over the top death and horror. It lived up to its name. I paid for it though, so I read the whole thing. I’m glad I did. The second half of the book is much calmer and enjoyable. The characters finally started to develop. It is no where near the best thing Ennis has written but it was decent.

I went over chapter two, of To The Other, again last Friday. It amazes me how no matter how many times I go over it I still miss double words and really bad sentences. Some of them I crossed out and then cringed. How could I have written that, and then let people read it. And how did those people not hit me? I really deserve it. The problem is that I wrote the start of the book about 3 years ago and it really shows. I’d just read Dracula for the first time and some of my description was “borrowed” from that brilliant opening chapter. I don’t know what I was thinking, but that isn’t the worst part. I used the word metaphor to describe something. I can’t believe I left that in after editing before, but I suppose I was in a nicer mood back then. I also can’t believe how bad I am with tenses. I swap them all the time. It’s just plain annoying. Am I selling the book well enough?

I’ve been reading a bit of poetry recently. I’ve never been a fan, but I think I get it now. (I’ve always been the person who sits there silence in class going “What is this” and then someone says something I say oh and then nod still not really getting it.) I like Simon Armitage, Pound’s Modernist stuff, Yeats and Ted Hughes at the moment. I’ve been inspired by these writers to start writing poetry and post it online. I know I can’t write poetry, but I want to push myself. Also I’m hoping it will help me writing prose. (I’ll figure out how later.) I’ve written a few poems about what I see around Northampton. If you’re interested you can check out this page (Scroll down for the poems.) I’d really like feedback on this, because I know that I can’t do it. I’m sure this is only temporary though so expect updates quite regularly for a while and then no more.

Thanks for reading,


About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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2 Responses to Crossed

  1. Margaret Fisher says:

    Have to dipped into Philip Larkin yet Ashley? I think his style might suit you if you want something to inspire your own poetry writing.


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