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Driving in Fog is Like Sleepwalking, You Never Know Quite Where You’ll End Up

August 30, 2012 by


The view out our windscreen this morning. And then the truck ahead disappeared. It took me rather longer than I would like to be bothered by that. I think my survival instincts are on the fritz. This is probably because I am in desperate need of more sleep. Yes, I know, tired is my natural state […]

To Climb or Not to Climb? aka Stubbornness: an Asset or a Health Hazard?

August 29, 2012 by


Things I have learned in my travels: Peru’s flag bears a striking resemblance to the rainbow flag Rick can sense good coffee like some kind of bloodhound French people really do say ‘ooh la la’ Huayna Picchu is 360 metres higher than Machu Picchu See that peak behind the ruins? That’s Huayna Picchu. You have […]

Paddington. Arriving 2014.

August 24, 2012 by



Deepest, Darkest Peru

August 23, 2012 by


When I was a kid I thought Peru wasn’t a real place. I mean, Paddington Bear is from ‘deepest darkest Peru’ and he’s a character in a book. (Yes, I do know the difference between stories and real life. Mostly.) So when I was told Peru actually existed I was deeply dubious. This was like […]

Girls Versus Boys

August 22, 2012 by


I’m sort of a disaster at writing girls. Not that I can’t write them, I just… don’t. I think the default character in my head is male. It’s weird actually, because my head certainly doesn’t default when it comes to race* or sexuality**. Anyway. Boys. Maybe it’s because in my formative years (well, formative writing […]

Look a Three Headed Monkey!

August 21, 2012 by


Help! Am trapped in luxurious resort with terrible internet! I mean… no, seriously. There’s something very wrong here. One’s room should not come with a vacuum cleaner but without reliable internet. I have standards! I have… okay, well, I’m needy, all right? But you! You have real internet, right? Shiny, bright internet that let’s you […]

I’m Working On Instinct And Blind Faith Here

August 20, 2012 by


I just glanced at the proportions of Wizards, wondering how balanced I was being with my two main characters. As of right now there is less than a hundred words difference in the number of words I’ve written for each of them. My subconscious looking out for me again? I swear there are these huge […]

Paleolithic. I Looked It Up.

August 17, 2012 by


Who says comics never teach you anything? Paleolithic. I have now learned as much from this single page as I have from certain exhibits in the four museums I’ve wandered through in the last few days. Although to be fair, some of those exhibits were entirely in Spanish…  

Travel With Me = How High Do You Want To Climb?

August 16, 2012 by


A couple of weeks ago in San Francisco Arkem threatened to kill me, but in the end he didn’t because apparently I am very charming. I was indulging in my recurring urge to climb things and made him follow me up a rather impressive hill.* When we were halfway up said very steep thing Arkem […]

I Know It When I See It?

August 15, 2012 by


I never came across formal grammar in school until I started learning a foreign language. And then it was like ‘these are verbs, these are adjectives, and this is the wacky way they use them in French’. I was never taught English grammar in school. Of course, that doesn’t mean they don’t teach it. My […]