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Grr! We missed 100!

September 30, 2011 by


Our 100th post was Kandace’s lack of research! Wish I’d known, we could have had a celebration–I was thinking a comment-in / drink-in 😉 Maybe at 150?.. or before, if anyone’s interested?

Icky Theory: Kindles and iPads and Fire, oh my!

September 30, 2011 by


So the rumours of ‘free’ subscription ebooks and the Amazon tablet have only partially come true (so far) with the low-cost Kindle Fire (weigh the Fire’s US$200 v (template) BB Playbook’s US$499—basically, they’re giving it away!) The first rumour was of free ebook subscriptions coming bundled with Amazon Prime on the (then unannounced) Fire. Of […]

How to do Research Without Really Trying

September 30, 2011 by


I don’t do any research for my writing. I used to say this quite regularly. It’s not true. It’s just a delusion that I was quite attached to. This is because I thought all research was looking things up in books, writing down details and copying them faithfully into your story at the relevant parts. […]

Suicide Is Painless*

September 29, 2011 by


So after yesterday’s post a few people contacted me to make sure I wasn’t eyeing off tall buildings or bottles of pills. Me: Apparently my post this morning concerned people and some of them have poked me to say, ‘Are you insane/okay?’ Rick: The suicide post? Me: Yeah. I don’t know. You talk about hanging […]

Wednesday Poetry: Lomare

September 28, 2011 by


I didn’t think I’d write you another poem, not for this occasion, and not for many more. Maybe in another life, when we both must– but not now. Then you went and told me of the roller skates in your childhood: mud drains, sisters, and gave me a little, younger you. I have precious insight […]

Making Your Suicidal Depression Work For You

September 28, 2011 by


So Ernest Hemingway suggests I hang myself. This strikes me as being on par with the school of thought that gave us: If at first you don’t succeed, call an airstrike. Still… I think he sort of has a point. Not that I think suicide is the answer. But it would give you something to […]

Monday Blurb: The Miracle

September 27, 2011 by


Of course you’ve already seen some of this work, now I thought it’d be a good idea to set the scene of the whole novel. The Miracle has been with me a long time, when as a sixteen year old I decided to invent an eighty year old superhero as my ‘signature’ character. There were three […]