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“Fungible” ebooks

May 17, 2012 by


Lots of great material to argue and shout and scream at on the Web over the past week, but the one I want to look at? Konrath versus Lipskar, and the horror of “fungibility.” JA Konrath’s post responds to Writers House president Simon Lipskar’s “all books are fungible” theory (written in support of big publishers and […]

What We Do Every Night, Pinky…

May 17, 2012 by


I was reminded of this last night and it still makes me snicker. Possibly more so when I haven’t slept that much, but bah! I say to your eight o’ clock in the morning. You will have Orson Welles and you will have Pinky and the Brain and you will like it! The Orson Welles […]

May 16, 2012 by


Now we’re going to see a new industry for Real World splat books! Prestige classes? “Arsehole,” “Right-wing Christian,” etc… Whatever I’ve been thinking of a way to explain to straight white men how life works for them, without invoking the dreaded word “privilege,” to which they react like vampires being fed a garlic tart at […]

Apple Nerds Rejoice for Waldo Has Been Found and the Deep Fried Mars Bar is No More

May 16, 2012 by


I spent yesterday flummoxing Apple geeks*. Which is a bit of fun. I recommend it if you’ve got an afternoon free and a way for taking your computers off the deep end. I told them what was going on and they were following along right up until I said, And then it said the hard […]

No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition. Or Satan.

May 15, 2012 by


My laptop just kernel panicked itself to death. Which is a really great way to start your day, let me tell you. This is a lesson to us all. Never become complacent. To reinforce this lesson for the rest of you I am going to leave this here:    

Don’t Do It. For the Love of God. Save Yourselves.*

May 14, 2012 by


So last week I asked a couple of people to read a third person version of the first chapter of Wizards, to see how they felt about it. And received from one the most conflicted response I’ve ever had, and from the other a voice of passionate loathing for the new version. Apparently the first […]

I Only Have THIS Much Attention to Offer You. Delight Me.

May 11, 2012 by


So there’s this thing I do when I watch TV where I find myself picking up my laptop, without even thinking about it, and doing research. It’s a habit I developed during my thesis, I think. I didn’t have time to do anything, so when I did take a break I’d find myself compulsively using […]

Wojtek the Soldier Bear

May 10, 2012 by


I am extremely sleep deprived, so today I’m just going to introduce you to Wojtek the Soldier Bear. I put this under one of my favourite headings: Bears Are Cool. If I had a bear of my own I would… probably still desperately need a nap. But I think the bear would understand.

Three Quarters of a Page Inconveniently Too Long

May 9, 2012 by


I am disappointed to discover that the first chapter of Path is three quarters of a page inconveniently too long. Too long for what, you say? Such a good question. Too long for the extremely precise requirements laid out by this conference I’m going to. Do they ask for a specific word count? Oh no. […]

Being the Voice in Someone Else’s Head

May 8, 2012 by


So, I think I definitely could switch Wizards to third person. Because I had an idea about how to do it and I think it could be good… The plan, weirdly, has a lot to do with swearing. Or at least, where the swearing occurs.* That sounds odd but… okay, look at it this way. […]