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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 […]

Getting Drunk and Losing Sleep Are Good For Creativity?

March 27, 2012 by


Arkem: Is Pan doing better after the transplant? Me: He is feeling so much better. At least I think he is. Right now he thinks he’s Bob. But we’re working on that. Arkem: We’re all a little groggy after surgery. Me: Yeah, hopefully he will be fine by tonight. Or tomorrow anyway. Which will be […]

Submission Requirements are to Insanity What Catnip is to Cats

March 26, 2012 by


I spent four months last year submitting stuff to agents, so I thought I had a handle on the submission process. There’s a bit of variation in requirements, but all along the same general theme. Turns out publishers are mental. To start with they seem to be split neatly between ‘you have to submit hardcopy’ […]

Hunger Games = Bows and Arrows and Bread and Death

March 23, 2012 by


In case any of you were wondering about this ‘Hunger Games’ thing you keep hearing about, here is a summary to save you having to read the book. (Although you should read the book too, it’s not bad. Apart from the bit at the <redacted>. You know?) Extremely sensible summary. Here is an excerpt to get […]

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 […]

What Legends Are Made Of

February 7, 2012 by


There’s a rhyme you probably know: Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Slime and snails and puppy dogs tails, that’s what little boys are made of. It’s a rather stupid rhyme. Which made me want to be something else entirely. But once upon a time the title […]

And Then Sometimes a Plane Falls Out of the Sky

December 16, 2011 by


I just wrote a synopsis that gives away so much of the plot I feel like I spoilered myself. I am, apparently, never getting this right. At least it doesn’t sound idiotic. And actually includes, you know, information about the plot. As long as you read ‘information’ as ‘very little to do with the actual […]

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 […]

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 […]

The End. The End. *dance*

July 18, 2011 by


In between writing query letters I’ve been writing a synopsis. Where ‘writing’ is composing a sentence and then thinking, ‘well, that’s stupid’, writing another and glaring at it, and then deleting both and starting again. Which is made worse by the fact that I’ve already done this once. But that was back when the first […]