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I Don’t Know What Gave You That Impression…

September 28, 2012 by


Me: There are three ideas that came together to call this book into being — Rick: Alcohol, wizards and explosions? Me: (laughing) No… This book is based around three things. The thing with the magic and the alcohol. The thing with the pirates. And this friendship. I’ve mentioned the magic (although I haven’t explained about […]

Flying Squid/Jellyfish Thing!

September 27, 2012 by


A few days ago a new XKCD comic was posted. This is not in any way unusual. But it has been drawn to my attention that many people did not obey the comic. This is sad. It’s title was click and drag, people. And I think that you should. How else will you find the flying squid/jellyfish […]

This is Why People Don’t Sleep at Night

September 26, 2012 by


A young girl is playing in her bedroom when she hears her mother call to her from the first floor kitchen. As she descends the staircase and strides down the passageway, hands emerge from a hall closet and pull her in while she’s passing by. When the girl’s eyes finally acclimate to the darkness, she […]

I Pick Up My Laptop, Put on My Terribly Academic Glasses, Crank the Music and…

September 25, 2012 by


I’m in love with my speakers. I’m just going to say it. They’re not even mine. But they’re in my living room vibrating my couch so… whatever. They’re mine right now. And I’m in love with them. Well, okay, maybe not the speakers so much as the beat. I like to feel it through my […]

This is Not a Picture of a Cat (Dead or Alive)*

September 24, 2012 by


I don’t know what it is but I can’t spell when I’m asleep. Or, not can’t spell. I get words mixed up. Mostly homophones like ‘retch’ and ‘wretch’ and ‘through’ and ‘threw’. The sort of distinction that’s obvious, but that my unconscious mind is apparently incapable of making. It also happens if I’m composing and […]

Fuck Admin Stuff, Write the Damn Book

September 21, 2012 by


In the last eight writing days (read: all the writing days I’ve had since I got back as the other days were taken up with boring admin-ity crap and being weekends) I’ve written more than ten thousand words of Wizards. Or, to put it another way, a volume that represents a quarter of the current […]

Perspective is Everything

September 20, 2012 by


I am sick not sick. I am not dead fine. I am going to live through get so much writing done today. Just so we’re clear.    

Books are Good in Bed

September 19, 2012 by


Also excellent when sick. Flat surface to line tablet up on so you can stare at them, depressed. Blunt object to beat yourself to death with. Frustration relief (if you don’t mind throwing them across the room). Distraction. Cure-all.    

Conspiracy of Microbes

September 18, 2012 by


I feel… unbalanced. Or Wizards does.* Partly this is because I just wrote three scenes from Gray’s P.O.V. in a row (I kept shifting to Jamie and then muttering ‘no’ and flipping it) but mostly I think, it’s because I’m sick. I’m still working (mostly) but I’ve lost my perspective. Yesterday I wrote the next […]

Will to Live Forecast

September 17, 2012 by


Sometimes I think it would be good to have a forecast like this. Sometimes I think it would just be depressing to know.