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Sick Days Are a Sign That You Need More Weekend

April 30, 2012 by


I think that if you’re sick on a weekend you should get a pass and be allowed an extra weekend day. Also, I think there should be a way so that my job properly includes sick days instead of them just being the-book-will-now-take-this-much-longer-to-finish days. Although sometimes I still do write when I’m sick. Sometimes it’s […]

Google+: Your Match-Making Aunt

April 27, 2012 by


So on Google+ there’s this little bracket at the side that’s a shortlist of people Google thinks you might want to add to your circles. Sometimes it’s, ‘oh hey, you might find these subjects interesting’, but mostly it seems to be, ‘people in your circles follow these people, wouldn’t you like to too?’*. It’s interesting, […]

Things You Do Not Realise Until You Start Proofreading Epic Documents

April 26, 2012 by


There are some words where the addition or subtraction of the letter ’s’ makes no difference whatsoever to the meaning, or validity of spelling but makes you look like a right goof if you do it inconsistently. There are way more differences between AUS/UK and US English spelling than you would give credit for. And […]

More Moore?

April 25, 2012 by


Jumping on board to discuss the Alan Moore / Before Watchmen brouhaha. This, because I both adore many of Moore’s works (Watchmen itself, the story bits in Promethea, and Swamp Thing in particular), but from the evidence of his own words (interviews, and not text), he comes across as a very bitter, unlikable person, concerned with his own righteousness. […]

What if Sherlock Never Actually Existed?

April 25, 2012 by


So in Australia today is for remembering. It’s a memorial of a horrific military action and is meant as a day for honouring those who participate in all forms of war, and remembering the sacrifices they’ve made and acknowledging the fallen and those who lived through it. So today I thought you might like this […]

Diary of a Writer

April 24, 2012 by


Yesterday: I am editing this passage, which I have been having trouble getting to on account of its terribleness. And now as least I’m in it. But it’s still terrible. I think I’m going to have to go through it twice to get out all the terrible. It’s that terrible. Or, well, it’s that melodrama. Bleh. […]

Clowns. Dangerous. Just saying.

April 23, 2012 by


  Clearly, there’s a reason some people get freaked out by them. Death by clowns. Not a myth. It’s interesting. I liked being a clown and I think they’re creepy. I’m not sure what that says about me. Or what it means that when I tell people I used to be a clown they’re either completely […]

One Wizard Chunk, Two Wizards Parts, Three… Now it Sounds Like I’m Dismembering Someone

April 20, 2012 by


So I’ve written enough of Wizards now that it’s a bit unwieldy to think of it as a single whole. But it doesn’t seem to break into chapters sensibly. I’ve been calling paired scenes ‘chapters’ but they’re not. They’re just two scenes. Which becomes particularly obvious when a conversation breaks off in a scene in […]

Writing a Biography: Or, I Wish I Could Remember What I Did Last Year

April 19, 2012 by


And then I get to the part where they say, And wouldn’t you like to write us a biography? And I say very politely: No, not really. But, you know, I don’t think it was really a question. So I went and looked up what I wrote back when I was applying for my PhD […]

Fantastic e-Notions

April 18, 2012 by


A small post on reactions to the DOJ lawsuit, summated by CBS “Ironically, consumers are likely to win no matter what happens with the case because the self-publishing gate is open and the horses are out of the barn.” … really? “consumers will win”? To that, I respond: I can quite reliably say that publishers will […]