Browsing All posts tagged under »crime«

The Group W Bench

July 26, 2013 by


This one is not in the playlist, but as I went to Alice’s restaurant at the weekend, I thought I’d share this very important song with you.  He said, “What were you arrested for, kid?” And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench there, and the hairy eyeball and […]

Why Writers Belong Behind Bars*

December 19, 2012 by


I read an article the other day** that suggested that incarceration was good for writers. They cited a long list of examples of people who’d been locked up and then buckled down and produced some of their best work. Prison offered them the quintessential distraction free zone. Somehow I doubt that is still the case. […]

Two Writers, Both Alike in Dignity — Not Much. Together, They Fight Crime.

December 17, 2012 by


The more attentive amongst you will have noticed that this website is run by two people. (Although Paul doesn’t post very much because he’s stinky. Or it could be that whole ‘finishing his doctorate’ thing. One of those.) In addition to being friends and co-website owners we’re also superheroes. (Okay, not really.) We fight crime. […]

What She Was Wearing

November 28, 2012 by


this is my suicide dress she told him I only wear it on days when I’m afraid I might kill myself if I don’t wear it you’ve been wearing it every day since we met he said and these are my arson gloves so you don’t set fire to something? he asked exactly and this […]

Why Writers Should Not Be Allowed to Fill in Forms

July 11, 2012 by


Me: I said, Tell me about your rooms that would fit three people. And the hotel website said, How about this one with one king bed? Arkem: 😛 Me: You have to give them props for the judgement-free approach. “Maybe the three of you only want one bed…” No assumptions. Arkem: It’s nice to have […]

Planning a Heist (Why Talking to Convicts Might Be A Better Plan)

January 11, 2012 by


So I’m planning a heist. Or at least, I think I am. And no, this isn’t a confession regarding my criminal tendencies. This is just… I think Wizards has a heist in it. So heist. Which means heist research. Which means — okay, lots of reading stuff (and wishing woefully that there was a straightforward […]

Less Action HERO, More Action Hello-Did-I-Set-That-On-Fire?

January 10, 2012 by


When I started writing Wizards I spent some time trying to figure out what sort of genre it fit into. I mean, okay, it’s science fiction, borderline fantasy but I needed to know more specifically than that. Because — wizards, okay? But we’re not talking epic fantasy wizards. There’s no great quest or universal do-what […]