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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 […]