Browsing All posts tagged under »doctorate«

A Whole Different Kind of Panic

November 30, 2011 by


Me: I hope you don’t get bored. It is academic after all. And the intro, I think, is pretty dull. But… there are humorous chapter titles. Claire: Stop with the justifications woman, I haven’t even started it yet! Me: I have residual anxiety when it comes to my thesis. A thesis is a funny thing. […]

I’m Not Drunk, I Just Play Someone Who is On the Internet

October 25, 2011 by


Paul M said to me the other day that he rather wants one of those shirts that says, Please Do Not Ask Me About My Thesis because when they do he tends to start twitching and gibbering. Which I sympathise with. I remember with crystal clarity having my supervisor introduce me to a prominent theorist […]

Agents Are Visions, But Only Illusions, and Writers Have Nothing to Hide…

October 4, 2011 by


I really want to have an agent already. And weirdly not so much because it’s the next step in my career, toward publication and so on. At this point it’s mostly just because then I wouldn’t have to do more agent research or write any more query letters and I could just write. (We will […]

Bear Balancing, Flags and Fake Fireworks

September 27, 2011 by


So far Operation: Graduate Arkem is going well. For one thing, he graduated. For another, we haven’t accidentally killed him yet. So I think that’s congratulations all round. Caris and I helped him achieve said lofty goal and refrained from tripping him in the crowd or pushing him under vehicles. We took pictures (including his […]

What Happened to the Weekend? I Was USING That.

August 15, 2011 by


Jared*: I may or may not be marathoning MLP Me: bwahahaha. Although… given what I spent the weekend doing I should maybe not laugh. Jared: hahaha. What have you been doing? Me: Er… I refuse to answer on the grounds that I might incriminate myself? Suffice to say it has something to do with the […]

Rampaging Plot Monkeys

August 8, 2011 by


I don’t write my books linearly at the best of times. The fact that the first two books of this series operate in a strictly chronological fashion has nothing to do with the way I wrote them. I tend to write a scene here, a scene there, and then over time the spaces between them […]

I picked up a hatchet and…

July 25, 2011 by


So. Er. Some clarity. Or: A thing you ought to know (that may or may not make me appear more sane when babbling later on). If you know this already you can to skip this bit. Otherwise, this will function as a history lesson. I wrote The Path of the Monster as the creative component […]