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25 Reasons That Writers Are Bug Fuck Nuts

February 29, 2012 by


THIS IS ALL TRUE. Except maybe the part about caffeine. I don’t ingest a lot of caffeine. Largely because it doesn’t seem to work on me. I long for the kind of pep-inducing can’t-sleep manic energy I have seen it induce in others. But in my case, no luck. So. That bit of this article is totally […]

Arthurian Robin Hood Sherlock

February 28, 2012 by


So on Friday night I read A Study in Scarlet. It was shorter than I remembered. But then, it’s been a while since I’ve read it. Possibly a very long while. I started to feel these echoes of familiarity as soon as I laid eyes on the inscription on the first page and the feeling […]

In This, As In Everything, Context Is King

February 27, 2012 by


Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.” — Austin Kleon Writers are thieves. No, really. We have to be. There are only so many stories out there. Only so many words. Everything we create is a remix in some way. Everything derivative. A reproduction, […]

Life Isn’t a Card Game, it’s Fucking Russian Roulette

February 24, 2012 by


I have this worrying feeling that my characters are psychotic. At least, I keep threatening to kill them and they seem to like it. What’s with that? Honestly, it’s like the more dangerous it is, the better they feel about the situation. Like they find it easier to accept someone threatening to kill them than […]

This is an Unreasonable Extrapolation Given the Evidence

February 23, 2012 by


Raven: How goes? Me: I am writing extremely clever words. Well, funny words. Well, they’re making me laugh. Although I haven’t slept a lot lately, so. Yeah. Turns out if you write things in your sleep and then forget about them you get the opportunity to read your own work as if someone else has […]

Because Words Mean Different Things to Different People

February 22, 2012 by


Sleeping well is only waking up three or four times a night rather than more. Sleeping well is being able to roll over and go back to sleep at least 75% of the time. Sleeping well is not being either trashed or manic as a result of lack of sleep all the time. Sleeping well […]

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

February 21, 2012 by


Someone asked me the other day, How do you come up with ideas for your stories? I resisted the urge to laugh, because weirdly that’s the question writers seem to get asked the most. I say ‘weirdly’ because my instinctive response was along the line of, How do you breathe? I really have a hard […]

Not Writing a Love Story

February 20, 2012 by


I feel like I’m accidentally writing a love story. I’m writing the story of these two guys meeting. And it’s going to be the beginning of an epic friendship. And that’s fine. That’s… dandy. But I’m at this point where they’re sort of beginning to trust each other for the first time. Where they realise […]

At 2230 Tonight I Will Suddenly Age By an Entire Year! Unless I Die Before Then

February 17, 2012 by


Except not today. Because today is my birthday. So today this…             (Artists rendering of possible activities. May be somewhat misleading in content. Also I am taller than that.)

That Awkward Moment When You Read a Sentence And it Doesn’t End the Way You Thought it Octopus

February 16, 2012 by


I’m beginning to get nervous about the length of Wizards. Not that it’s actually that long as of yet but… it’s like I’m drawing something and even though only a small section exists I can see the shape of what’s coming and… I’m afraid my theory of how much of the plot I am going […]