Music, and Writing

I am one of those people that does not like distractions when I am writing. Other than Ollie snoring beside my desk, I like to write in silence.

However, many writers not only enjoy listening to music as they write, they draw inspiration from it for scenes in their books.

Here is an article that explains how one writer channels music to add creativity to her work.

How Music Influences Writing

Mythaxis Magazine: My Fashion Column

Hard to believe, I know, but I am currently the Fashion writer for Mythaxis Magazine. It is ‘fashion’ with a difference of course, and somewhat tongue in cheek. Coming to this role late in life makes me approach it from a different perspective, so don’t expect any reviews of skinny jeans, swimwear, or male moisturisers.

For anyone interested, here is the link to my latest article for the magazine.

Retired Footwear

Prize Nomination

I was very happy to be told that I have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. This nomination is for a non-fiction article published in Longshot Island Magazine, ‘Brutalist Architecture‘. I am of course very proud that the magazine considered my article to be worthy of nomination, whether or not I am shortlisted for the prize.

This year (2018) we will nominate 5 works of fiction and one work of nonfiction for the Pushcart Prize.

Vacation by Daniel Wallace
The Part Beneath by Christine Rice
The Transcendent Cavewoman by Joe Taylor
The Food by Cameron Thomson
Born for Wonderland by Ewa Mazierska
Brutalist Architecture by Pete Johnson (nonfiction)

This is what the Pushcart Prize is all about.
The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America.

Since 1976, hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in our annual collections. Each year most of the writers and many of the presses are new to the series. Every volume contains an index of past selections, plus lists of outstanding presses with addresses.

The Pushcart Prize has been a labor of love and independent spirits since its founding. It is one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the 60’s and 70’s. Our legacy is assured by donations to our Fellowships endowment.

If any of you would like to submit a story or article for consideration for inclusion in Longshot Island Magazine, please use this link.

My Article In Print (Again)

I am once again delighted to have had an article published in the latest edition of Longshot Island magazine. As you can see from the cover, the theme this time is ‘Humour’, and there are some delightful illustrations to accompany the stories and features inside.

You will notice that I am credited as the ‘Style’ contributor, and this irony is intentional, I assure you. My own article this time is a re-working of ‘My New Fluffy Gown’, which some of you will remember from this blog.

I sincerely apologise for the shameless self-promotion, but I am obviously very pleased to be in print once more. Please check out the magazine online, and if you like it, buy a copy! (I don’t get royalties) You may also want to consider submitting your own story or feature for possible publication, and links follow.

The photos can both be enlarged for detail. Sorry the second one is a bit wonky!

Yet another Guest Post: Sally Cronin

Courtesy of the lovely Sally, I have been granted yet another guest post on her wonderful site.

Many of you will have seen the post ‘Back to the Future’ before. It is one of my personal favourites on my blog. But if you are a relatively new follower, or just missed this one, then please follow the link, and comment on Sally’s site.

As always, I send my thanks in anticipation.
Best wishes, Pete.

The Hard Men

I am pleased to be able to tell you that Longshot Island has published another of my non-fiction articles on their website. Here is a link, if anyone would like to read it. If you enjoy it, please share on any platform, as there is no facility for comments over there.

I also received some copies of their latest printed magazine, ‘Leaving Home’. This contains my short story, Valerie, and I will be taking some photos of that to show you soon.

Submitting work to them for consideration is an easy process, and I once again encourage anyone who would like to see their writing published to do just that.

Even if your first efforts are rejected, you will at least get intelligent criticism, writing tips and advice, and a real sense of engagement. As a bonus, you will also be inspired to carry on writing.

I know I was.

Film and Cinema: Another new article

I am happy to report that my latest article for another site has been published on Curnblog.
This is my twentieth article on there, and concerns the evolution of films looking at events during the American Civil War. I appreciate that this is something of a niche interest, but I would be pleased if you could take a little time to follow the link, and read it.

For any fan of film, especially those of you who like to dig a little deeper, or give the subject more thought, I can recommend this excellent site. It is run by Australian James Curnow, who has studied the subject in great detail, to an academic level. As well as his own excellent writing, he opens up the site for articles submitted by writers from all over the world.

If you have any comments to add, please make them on that site.

Thanks in advance, Pete.

The Blue and The Grey: The American Civil War on film

Films and Cinema : A new article

It has been a while since I last submitted an article for publication elsewhere. This weekend, I sent a piece on films about prisoners of war to James at I am very pleased to report that he has published it this morning. If any of you would like to read it, or to just discover an excellent website on film and cinema, please follow this link.

Six great Prisoner of War films you might not have seen

If you feel inclined to comment, please do so on that site, as I will reply to them all there.

Thanks in advance, and best wishes to everyone. Pete.

Film and Cinema

Do you like historical epics? Are you a film buff or film fan? If not, then read no further.
However, if I have got you even remotely interested, please click this link to read my latest article on

This is my fifteenth article on this excellent website, and if you have any comments, positive or negative, please feel free to add them under the original.

Thanks in anticipation, and Happy Easter to everyone. Pete.