Browsing All Posts published on »January, 2012«

Unreasonably Anxious About a Fictional Character

January 31, 2012 by


Caris: And he’s sitting in the meeting thinking, Wish I could just shoot him. Jamie would have shot him by now. Me: That’s true. But Jamie has impulse control problems. I’ve decided what I like best about being a writer. Okay, what I like best about being a writer today. Sometimes, if you ask me […]

Maybe I’ll Just Sit Here And Bleed At You

January 30, 2012 by


On Friday I watched this movie Brick. I really liked it. But I’m still trying to figure out what it was exactly. I accidentally made Rick watch it that evening just by talking confusedly at him about it. He made all the same, Whut? faces I did.* It was cool. But didn’t get me noticeably […]

Is It Just Me Or Does That Sound Like a Statement of Sexual Preference?

January 27, 2012 by


Me: (reading the sticker in the back of our neighbour’s car) The harder the better. Is it just me or does that sound like a statement of sexual preference? Arkem: I don’t wear my statements of sexual preference on my car. Me: Do you wear them on your shirt instead? Arkem: No. Me: You barely […]

Schrödinger’s Rockstars

January 26, 2012 by


Me: That’s terrible. Paul S: But applicable! Me: It’s a terrible, awful joke. (Pause.) That was strangely applicable to the conversation.* Weirdly enough, this conversation had nothing at all to do with my rant about dwarves yesterday and rather more to do with the fact that I received a package that said, Instant Rockstars! on […]

The Seventh Dwarf: Horseflesh

January 25, 2012 by


Me: I’m trying to decide whether to make one of my characters absent for the first book Arkem: Well if you can do without him, you might as well kill — Me: No, not non-existent just… not there. The rumour on the edge of sight. The seventh dwarf. Horseflesh. I’m not entirely sure why, but […]

Different Ways of Phrasing the Word ‘No’

January 24, 2012 by


I just wrote yet another synopsis for Path. It’s like I’m physically incapable of sending out another round of queries without rewriting the whole thing from the ground up. They’re also getting progressively darker. I feel quite strongly there should be more jokes in there. Possibly more beer. But it’s hard to sneak those things […]

White Blank Page

January 23, 2012 by


I am suffering from a rather severe form of blank page syndrome right now. My laptop (the lamented Pan Narrans) is falling apart again. Gracefully, but dramatically. So I’m using my backup laptop, which, after the last Pan debacle is at least installed with a relatively current OS and the most important programs. But otherwise, […]

A Cure for Insomnia

January 20, 2012 by


For more information on this delightful invention click through the images for a picture that both moves and speaks!  

Plot: Gladiator Style

January 19, 2012 by


I am trying to figure out what happens in this book. I have at least six different ways it could all go down. And they’re all good, but at this point no single one seems truer or stronger. The problem is, I don’t know my characters well enough yet. I have the voices of the […]

This is My Favourite Chapter

January 18, 2012 by


Over the holidays I spent possible an unreasonable amount of time reading something in the internet. Okay, many things. The internet is fun to play with when you can’t sleep and you can’t go for a run. But one thing in particular. A story that someone wrote last year, posting chapter by chapter as she […]