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Archer’s Goon

November 6, 2012 by


I just found out that once upon a time they made a TV series of Diana Wynne Jones’ Archer’s Goon. Brilliant book. So I was… excited and wary. We watched the first episode last night and I’m still trying to figure out if I want to watch the rest. It was terrible but in that […]

Happily Ever After

November 1, 2012 by



October 16, 2012 by


I’ll just leave this here… At today’s Marvel Television Presents panel at New York Comic Con, Head of TV Jeph Loeb announced that Clark Gregg would reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson in the live-action pilot “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” …. [Joss] Whedon will …. co-write the pilot to “Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.” with Jed Whedon and Maurissa […]

Character Sketch in 32 Words

October 15, 2012 by


I want a trouble-maker for a lover, Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame, Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate, Who burns like fire on the rushing sea. — #862: From Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi. Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988). Translated by Zara Houshmand  

The Writers Who Stare at Ceilings

October 11, 2012 by


I am… staring at the ceiling and trying to figure how the latter part of the book happens. I mean, I know what happens, but my original mini-synopsis is going to bring the book in about 20-40 000 words short of the length I want it to be. So I need to tweak it a […]

Stories That Give You Options: Good or Bad or Just Driving Me Mad?

October 5, 2012 by


The first time I watched Inception I wasn’t a big fan of it. I think because I’d seen the trailer and I loved the premise, so when I actually saw the movie I was disappointed that they didn’t spend a lot of time really exploring the possibilities inherent in the idea. A couple of years […]

Science Fiction Safety Protocols or Why Don’t People Seem to Realise Space Travel Actually INCREASES the Number of Ways You Can Die?

October 3, 2012 by


Me: I just realised I’ve given this ship an airlock that it shouldn’t have out of existential panic and now have to figure out how to write it out. Rick: Don’t they need airlocks? Me: Ships that are meant to dock with one another should have airlocks. This ship is docking with another, hence I […]

I Don’t Know What Gave You That Impression…

September 28, 2012 by


Me: There are three ideas that came together to call this book into being — Rick: Alcohol, wizards and explosions? Me: (laughing) No… This book is based around three things. The thing with the magic and the alcohol. The thing with the pirates. And this friendship. I’ve mentioned the magic (although I haven’t explained about […]

Productive Chaos

September 13, 2012 by


I am having a day of productiveness. I think. I think because today has sort of been about lining up dominos. When I knock them down we’ll see if I was building pretty patterns or chaos. But I think when they fall I’ll have the next one/two/three chapters of wizards sorted. I was supposed to […]

Should This Chapter Be Called ‘Girding Your Loins’, ‘Possible Death’ or ‘Dead Cheerful’?

July 31, 2012 by


Me: I cannot have a chapter entitled ‘You pay in blood’ followed by one called ‘Blood on your hands’. That’s just wrong. Arkem: Blood around my digits. Me: Oddly enough it’s not the word ‘hands’ that causing the problem. Arkem: Viscous red goo that I cannot explain. Me: Yes, thank you. Very helpful.* I am […]


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