Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2011«

A Whole Different Kind of Panic

November 30, 2011 by


Me: I hope you don’t get bored. It is academic after all. And the intro, I think, is pretty dull. But… there are humorous chapter titles. Claire: Stop with the justifications woman, I haven’t even started it yet! Me: I have residual anxiety when it comes to my thesis. A thesis is a funny thing. […]

Words That Taste Good On Your Tongue

November 29, 2011 by


Claire: Payback. That’s not a nice word. Me: Sure it is. I also enjoy ‘blackmail’ and ‘extortion’. Actually, quite apart from it’s meaning ‘extortion’ is a lovely word. Fun to say. I am unreasonably fond of whole groups of words for the sound of them alone, the taste of them on the tongue, the way […]

When the Dream Where I Burned Someone Who Was Only-Probably-A-Zombie Alive is the Pleasant One of the Evening I Feel Like There’s Something Wrong

November 28, 2011 by


I am dead. Paul killed me. I know, you’re thinking, It happens. You’re fighting crime, you duck at the wrong moment… I should consider myself lucky. And it’s true. This was a relatively kind fate. Honestly. You don’t want to know what he’s done to other people we know when they’ve appeared on the page. […]

Point? What Point?

November 25, 2011 by


On Tuesday a friend of mine came over in the morning and my housemate drugged her. (That’s a good thing. Don’t freak out.) And while she was unconscious I went out for several hours. I met a really nice chemist, helped Rick buy glasses, and fought crime… it was a good day. But by the […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Fifteen

November 24, 2011 by


19 The next morning was warmer than I expected. ‘Did you learn the lessons of my songs?’ Asked Mithril. Smiling, I remembered what he had sung. ‘Sometimes I think there weren’t any… But at other times I stop, and consider, perhaps there was wisdom in the wit of it? The terrible responsibly of it all? […]

Paul’s Downtime pt2

November 24, 2011 by


A Grand Theory of eBooks So I was talking about ebook ‘performance’ and pub/author invisibility earlier, now let’s add in Kathryn Rusch’s article (go have a look, it’s interesting… about traditional publishers making more money via e-publishing than from print.) The gist of it is that while book stores are going down, and it’s only the less […]

Paul’s Downtime pt1

November 24, 2011 by


For anyone wondering what it is I’m getting up to when I’m not Dalsarion‘ing nor marking a lot of student papers! Yay. Lending Services Amazon’s lending program… It’s actually all quite clever on their behalf. Many of the publishers ‘involved’ in the 5k+ books in the programme had no idea it was happening; in fact, they’re […]

Things That Are Great While Sober and AWESOME When Drunk

November 24, 2011 by


I am, for no particular reason, compiling a list of things to watch that are great while sober and awesome when drunk. Although ‘drunk’ here is a stand in for not only inebriated but also sleep deprived, concussed, drugged, or otherwise being not wholly in possession of one’s faculties. Basically any time you can’t tell […]

Why Do You Think Writers Spend So Much Time Trying to Reassure Everyone That They’re Not Sadists?

November 23, 2011 by


Readers are masochists, and that’s good, because most writers are sadists. — Chuck Wendig I’m not a complete sadist. — Peter Orullian Maybe I just like the control. We all like to play God. — Stephanie BKR The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Fourteen

November 22, 2011 by


18 Strictly speaking, by the end of this ritual, I was to be an Elf. And with it, all intents and the devices thereof. So, dressed as I was in supplicant’s robe —or otherwise as it’s known, my hair. I found I walked down an un-natural, aged path of rose bushes—wrong season for them— and […]