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Redrafting Shouldn’t Feel So Much Like Wanting to Hit Past Me Up the Back of the Head

April 30, 2013 by


Screw passive aggressive, my notes to self have ramped up to aggressive aggressive. My favourite piece of advice in my notes today? Cut this. Or change it to something… better. On the… let’s call it the upside I’ve cut around ten percent of the chapters I’ve edited so far. So that’s nice. And odd. But […]

The Way You Drink Your Coffee

April 29, 2013 by


I know  you and I are not about poems or other sentimental bullshit but I have to tell you even the way  you drink your coffee knocks me the fuck out. — Clementine Von Radics

This is Why Critique is Important. Excellent For the Ego. No, Wait…

April 26, 2013 by


I wasn’t going to work this week. I was going to do admin stuff, nap, make cookies… It was the Week of Letting My Beta Readers Do Their Thing. And then on Saturday — Me: I promised one of my beta readers a new chapter every time she emailed me with comments on the last. […]

Sometimes You Gotta Have a Little Faith. Sometimes it’s Better to Just Stay Home.

April 22, 2013 by


          This is for my mother. Because of reasons. (This is also how I imagine wizards playing with the limits of their power.)    

Raise Your Glass if You Are Wrong in All the Right Ways

April 19, 2013 by


Arkem: It’s a good song. Me: It is a good song. When I quoted it on the internet you accused me of turning into Warren Ellis. Arkem: It’s just that I think someday that’s going to happen. Me: You think I’m going to turn into Warren Ellis? Of all writers? Arkem: Well, of all people. […]

You Can’t Get Scurvy if You Drink This Much Juice

April 18, 2013 by


I hate being interrupted when I’m writing. And okay, I’m writing all the time at the moment. And I do enjoy spending time with my friends. But I was halfway through punching someone when I was dragged away from my laptop last night so I was stuck in this weird sort of limbo place where […]

Who Needs a Reason to Watch a Watermelon Explode?

April 16, 2013 by


Arkem: I just explained your pun to a colleague. His head exploded. Me: Did his head really explode? And if so, would you be willing to give a graphic account of the event? I just wrote that happening to someone and am conducting research. Seriously. Rick looked over my shoulder the other day and demanded […]

Neil Gaiman’s Asides Are Better Than Most People’s Advice

April 15, 2013 by



Take Me By the Tongue and I’ll Know You

April 12, 2013 by


I’ve already talked about this one a couple of times. If you’d like some alternative visuals try Sherlock or X-Men. Apparently an awful lot of people have the moves like Jagger… Playlist link here.  

My Relationship With Google

April 11, 2013 by


So this year I decided to transition to using Google calendar. I have a grown-up phone now and I really wanted to be able to check my calendar when I wasn’t on my couch. (Yes, it happens. Shut up.) I’ve had a Google calendar for while but up until this point it’s only had the […]