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Head —> Wall, Repeat.

January 15, 2013 by


So lately I’ve been suffering from this urge to rewrite Path. I mean, really, I’ve been thinking about it on and off since last August when I met Lovely Agent Jen and talked with her about the book. Partly this is because I always find talking things out with a new person to be a […]

Time to Submit

March 30, 2012 by


Today is Friday. Which is taking me a little bit by surprise as for some reason I spent most of last night and yesterday evening convinced today was going to be the weekend. But this is good. It means I have one more day to avoid making final decisions about what I’m going to submit […]

The For-God’s-Sake-Put-the-Book-Down-and-Walk-Away Approach to Editing

March 29, 2012 by


I just found a plot hole in the second book of Path. It’s tiny really, but I’m still sitting here thinking, How did no one notice that? How did I not notice that? I have to rewrite all of, oh, two paragraphs, so it’s not a problem at all. Except for the way it makes […]

Carpe Diem, Quan Minimum Credula Postero*

March 19, 2012 by


Me: I haven’t sent anything out this year because I’m crap. Arkem: I wouldn’t have put it that way — but yes. So I am doing that today. Or at least, lying about doing that today. But I think — I hope I’m not. And if I write this here perhaps the appalling fact that […]

The Contradiction of the Writer’s Brain

December 20, 2011 by


I have another proposal to write. So I’m trying to convince my brain that I’m brilliant while it mutters to itself in the corner about inappropriate commas and word duplication. See, I have these two completely contradictory desires — for everyone to read my work and to not let anyone see it. Which I think […]

Exploding Dog

September 20, 2011 by


There is an online comic called Exploding Dog. It’s pretty cool. In some ways it’s more a series of connected pieces of art than a true comic. Also, you should maybe know that while there is a dog in it from time to time I’ve never seen it explode. And it’s certainly not about the […]

Out of Thin Air and Madness

September 16, 2011 by


I feel ridiculously virtuous because I’ve been working on book two of Path (TRTH) the last few days. Probably because while I was busy trying to get the framework of book three functioning and creating Wizards out of thin air and madness the second book was sitting there mocking me. Well not all of it. […]

Night of the Living Footnotes? When Footnotes Attack? Footnotes in Space?

September 14, 2011 by


Sometimes my footnotes get out of hand. Therefore, two things related to what I said yesterday: Firstly, a movie that I love for no sensible reason at all. I currently have this kind of bizarre affection for X-Men: First Class. When I first saw it, I enjoyed it. Then I noticed all the things that […]

Doing It Wrong

August 12, 2011 by


I just realised I’m doing it wrong. I have to stop trying to sell the plot and instead try to sell the story. Or the theme anyway. Cause one of the reasons I’ve hated writing the query letters and spent so much time banging my head against the wall is because every time I try […]

Who Says I Can’t Live In A Fantasy World? I Work In One…

August 4, 2011 by


I think my card game is trying to teach me something. Something along the lines of: winning at solitaire will not make an agent call me. I really need to disassociate the two things in my mind; otherwise the outlook is grim. Then again, maybe that’s just my currently pessimistic, gloom-flavoured interpretation. I have been […]