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Time to Submit

March 30, 2012 by


Today is Friday. Which is taking me a little bit by surprise as for some reason I spent most of last night and yesterday evening convinced today was going to be the weekend. But this is good. It means I have one more day to avoid making final decisions about what I’m going to submit […]

The For-God’s-Sake-Put-the-Book-Down-and-Walk-Away Approach to Editing

March 29, 2012 by


I just found a plot hole in the second book of Path. It’s tiny really, but I’m still sitting here thinking, How did no one notice that? How did I not notice that? I have to rewrite all of, oh, two paragraphs, so it’s not a problem at all. Except for the way it makes […]

Neuroscience of an eBook

March 28, 2012 by


There have been some articles lately about the neuroscience of ereading (though mainly based on cobbling together previous work on reading in general, and from anecdotal evidence regarding ereading practice), mainly summated by Chris Meadows, writing at Teleread: Does e-reading affect our memory of what we read? Do we remember less when we read e-books? […]

You Are in a Dark Room

March 28, 2012 by


Yesterday was… well. There was some stuff accomplished, some ‘the world is out to get me’, some starting again at the beginning, and a modicum of procrastinating in rebellion against frustration. I’ve decided I’d rather not circle that merry-go-round again, so I’ve decided to share my frustration with you. Don’t you feel special? I can’t decide if […]

Getting Drunk and Losing Sleep Are Good For Creativity?

March 27, 2012 by


Arkem: Is Pan doing better after the transplant? Me: He is feeling so much better. At least I think he is. Right now he thinks he’s Bob. But we’re working on that. Arkem: We’re all a little groggy after surgery. Me: Yeah, hopefully he will be fine by tonight. Or tomorrow anyway. Which will be […]

Submission Requirements are to Insanity What Catnip is to Cats

March 26, 2012 by


I spent four months last year submitting stuff to agents, so I thought I had a handle on the submission process. There’s a bit of variation in requirements, but all along the same general theme. Turns out publishers are mental. To start with they seem to be split neatly between ‘you have to submit hardcopy’ […]

Hunger Games = Bows and Arrows and Bread and Death

March 23, 2012 by


In case any of you were wondering about this ‘Hunger Games’ thing you keep hearing about, here is a summary to save you having to read the book. (Although you should read the book too, it’s not bad. Apart from the bit at the <redacted>. You know?) Extremely sensible summary. Here is an excerpt to get […]

Stockholm Syndrome! Fun for You AND Your Dentist!

March 22, 2012 by


So the thing about dentists, okay, the thing is I like them. I’ll just… leave you with that one for a moment. Still with me? Okay. I know this is a bit of an outlier perspective, most people are somewhere around, Dentists are pain and repeating grinding argh.* And I’m more thinking, Dentists are fun […]

Synthesising Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

March 21, 2012 by


These are the things I would like to share with you today. First this: Synthesising Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine Over in the US it has apparently become so difficult to get hold of pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), that a pair of eloquently named researchers have published a paper explaining how to manufacture it out of crystal meth. I […]

The Death and Rebirth of my Life/Work/Writing/Soul/Addiction

March 20, 2012 by


Okay, today, today I love Apple. I think they are brilliant and wondrous and shiny. Which is a big step up from yesterday where I wanted to hit them with something heavy. There’s a lesson here — the highs are never quite as atmospheric until you’ve crawled through the gutter. Or something. Cause see yesterday, […]