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Driving in Fog is Like Sleepwalking, You Never Know Quite Where You’ll End Up

August 30, 2012 by


The view out our windscreen this morning. And then the truck ahead disappeared. It took me rather longer than I would like to be bothered by that. I think my survival instincts are on the fritz. This is probably because I am in desperate need of more sleep. Yes, I know, tired is my natural state […]

To Climb or Not to Climb? aka Stubbornness: an Asset or a Health Hazard?

August 29, 2012 by


Things I have learned in my travels: Peru’s flag bears a striking resemblance to the rainbow flag Rick can sense good coffee like some kind of bloodhound French people really do say ‘ooh la la’ Huayna Picchu is 360 metres higher than Machu Picchu See that peak behind the ruins? That’s Huayna Picchu. You have […]

Deepest, Darkest Peru

August 23, 2012 by


When I was a kid I thought Peru wasn’t a real place. I mean, Paddington Bear is from ‘deepest darkest Peru’ and he’s a character in a book. (Yes, I do know the difference between stories and real life. Mostly.) So when I was told Peru actually existed I was deeply dubious. This was like […]

Look a Three Headed Monkey!

August 21, 2012 by


Help! Am trapped in luxurious resort with terrible internet! I mean… no, seriously. There’s something very wrong here. One’s room should not come with a vacuum cleaner but without reliable internet. I have standards! I have… okay, well, I’m needy, all right? But you! You have real internet, right? Shiny, bright internet that let’s you […]

Travel With Me = How High Do You Want To Climb?

August 16, 2012 by


A couple of weeks ago in San Francisco Arkem threatened to kill me, but in the end he didn’t because apparently I am very charming. I was indulging in my recurring urge to climb things and made him follow me up a rather impressive hill.* When we were halfway up said very steep thing Arkem […]

Not Unpublished, “Pre-Published”

August 10, 2012 by


Yesterday I finally escaped the acid flashback that was Disneyland and California’s hints that it might want to tremble into the sea, and I am now watching the lights of the Vegas strip come on like a neon sunrise. Looking back from here the SCBWI conference looks like it was a moment of delightful sanity. […]

The Mad T Party Band

August 9, 2012 by


Things I did not expect from this holiday: hearing the Mad Hatter singing, “Moves Like Jagger”.    

Do YA Books Cross Borders?

July 23, 2012 by


Me: Arkem’s spare room — or what he calls my room — is filled with books. Rick: Very sensible of him. Me: I thought so. He says he knows what the Kandaces like, and this was less creepy than trying to find fake Ricks to populate the room with. He also says that may be the […]

Danger: Outside World Lies Beyond This Door

July 20, 2012 by


So today — for certain values of ‘today’. No, you know what, screw this time zone thing. From now on ‘today’ means ‘any period of time since I last slept’ and ‘yesterday’ means ‘anything that happened at any point before that’. This may be an arbitrary measure of time but it should remain functional enough […]

What You Are Doing Can’t Be As Important As This*

July 19, 2012 by


Me: I want you to appreciate that I did not call you at your 2am this morning. I almost did. And then I did math. I wasn’t sure about the math but it seemed like I should not do that. Also I probably would have just bibbled plaintively in your ear about being delayed at LAX. […]