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The Monster is a ‘Who’

July 27, 2012 by


So I’m running a spellcheck in Word, partly because I think it’s funny, partly because it never hurts to have another set of eyes, even if they belong so a literarily questionable piece of computer software. Mostly this leads to me hitting the ‘ignore’ button repeatedly and occasionally muttering, Word, what are you thinking? You […]

Finishing the Book

July 26, 2012 by


I know what you’re thinking, Didn’t she finish the book like three weeks ago? This is where the ‘for certain values of’ comes in.* I finished the complete new draft a few weeks ago. Yesterday I finished the rework-the-new-sections-to-make-sure-they-don’t-suck part. Now I’m doing the go-through-the-dear-god-how-many-change-notes-did-I-make? part. You may notice the slight level of panic in […]

Writing ‘The End’

July 24, 2012 by


Writing the end of a book is painful for lots of reasons — because you’re letting go of the world you built, because you’re massacring your characters (possibly), because reaching the end of a story automatically raises the question, ‘What next?’. I spend an awful lot of my time making my characters and their worlds […]

Music to Depress the Savage Beast

July 9, 2012 by


So for reasons of… well, me being slightly confused at times, yesterday I was writing Path to the soundtrack I have for Wizards. On at least two occasions when I became aware of the commentary the music was making about what I was writing I giggled hard enough to dislodge my laptop, but a rather […]

This Is What Finished Looks Like*

July 5, 2012 by


So on… Monday? Was probably Monday. I finished the current draft of book two of Path. Which is brilliant because I have been so close for like two weeks, I kept making progress only to have the finish line move. Something would happen and I would have to rewrite something or there would be a […]

Eat Your Vegetables. Stay Off My Lawn. Practice Your Synopses. Wear Sunscreen.

July 3, 2012 by


So I am having a problem with my brain where people ask me about the writing and I accidentally spill spoilers all over them. I think it’s because I’m writing synopses. It’s proving quite troublesome shifting from ‘give it to us straight, spoil the ending’ in writing a synopsis to ‘tell me how it’s going […]

Don’t Ask

July 2, 2012 by


Trying to write this series synopsis is making me itch to write the fourth book. Because there are things I don’t know — about how the structure is going to work, about how the subplots are going to break down… I mean, I know what happens in the largest sense, but that’s like saying I […]

7 x 5 ≠ > 2

June 28, 2012 by


It’s quite difficult to reduce the story of seven characters across five books into a one or two page synopsis. In the end I decided to start from scratch (instead of building from the one I wrote for the first book) and approach it from a direction of cheerfully screwing over half my characters. This […]

Tempus Edax Rerum

June 26, 2012 by


The universe is poking fun at me right now. Actually, pretty much everybody I complain to is poking fun at me right now. I keep saying, I’m leaving the country in three weeks! And they say, Yes. Awesome. And I say, I am so close to finishing the second book of PATH I could spit […]

We’re All Just People Making Choices

June 19, 2012 by


I keep writing these really dodgy things lately and then look at them and thinking, What? Today one of my characters thought: The opposition didn’t need names. And then I thought, That’s appalling. Of course they need names. Taking away their names, not honouring them with that identity — it’s dehumanising. You turn a person […]