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A Certain Predilection For Getting Dragons Drunk

November 9, 2012 by


Okay, so recently I’ve noticed that there are certain… similarities between the two series’ I’m writing. Not in story or character but some of the underlying ideas are the same. Fundamentally, this is not surprising. An author’s obsessions tend find their way onto the page somehow. And my doctorate — if it achieved nothing else […]

I Have Been Killing People in Prose All Day

June 1, 2012 by


There’s only… two scenes left from the first half of TRTH that I have to write. Well, write is not quite accurate. I have to bracket them in from chunks of crap to turn them into actual scenes. A few weeks ago I wrote all the scenes that were still outstanding from the first half in […]

Origin Story: Part the First

November 15, 2011 by


So I’ve had a few people ask me: Where did this book come from? And my brain automatically leaps to the most inappropriate answer: Well, when a writer and a laptop love each other very much… *cough* Anyway… the actual answer is rather long. Mostly because this story has multiple incarnations and each regeneration is […]

Monday Blurb: Playing the Dragon King

October 4, 2011 by


Yet another of my novels in a various state of drafting (1.5th in this case.) This one came from a simple decision to try and write a YA novel, and while I thought I’d gone off track a bit, I’ve been told it’s a great example of a problem novel. While my Mum won’t read […]

PEW PEW Dragons?

August 22, 2011 by


So I faced down the rampaging plot monkeys and spent two whole days rearranging the scenes in the third book so that they bear even less resemblance to chronology but hopefully make more sense thematically. Or storyishly anyway. There should be a better word for that. Actually, there probably is and my brain just doesn’t […]

Wizards in Space?

August 11, 2011 by


So right now I’m nomming the Jim Butcher Dresden Files books.* They’re like popcorn with magic and hitting things. I totally recommend them. (And the audio books as read by James Masters, who is the perfect voice for Harry Dresden.) On a (probably) related note, I’m sort of accidentally writing this new thing. (Not in […]

Stealth Ninja Unicorns

July 31, 2011 by


So, you know how I was having trouble figuring out the framing of the backstory? Apparently the way to solve this is to write more backstory from yet another time frame. (No, don’t ask me to explain how that helps. I don’t know how it helps.) And the backstory has a lot more blood in it […]