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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 […]

Wanted: One (or More) Petty Villains, Willing to be Killed Out of Hand while Remaining Stoically Silent About Their Tragic Past

September 2, 2011 by


“So who’s the bad guy?” “I can’t tell you.” “Why not?” “I haven’t written it yet.” I realised a few days ago that Wizards is missing a villain. I mean, I have a large epic-style villain for the universe type thing — you know, I know what the overall struggle should be. But I need […]

The WWIDS Principle

August 31, 2011 by


I wrote about seven thousand words yesterday. Which is… moderately insane, but not in any way I want to argue about. My brain just switched on and said write. And I took the opportunity as offered. I don’t argue when the words come. I just crank the volume and hold the laptop close while it […]

Drinking, Flirting and Machiavellian Pizza

August 30, 2011 by


I was going to tell you all about what I did today, but then I realised I’d already had that conversation. It went like this: <insert here clever and fiendish scheming that makes me look smarter than I am> Arkem: Dastardly 🙂 Me: Well, I am writing about Machiavelli again. It’s catching. Arkem: Machiavelli was […]

Death, Mayhem and Family Pets

August 24, 2011 by


This whole naming-the-characters in Wizards is turning out entirely weird. It’s not normally this hard. Generally my characters just tell me what their names are. Or jump up and down and point when I look at a list of names. In this case… I don’t know, maybe they’ve forgotten their own names cause they’re drunk. […]

These Entrails Are For Arkem (or, What Would You Call a REMARKABLY Drunk Wizard?)

August 21, 2011 by


So, I’m still wrestling with the names of the characters in Wizards, although now at least I have placeholder names that don’t cause massive cognitive dissonance. …hasn’t stopped me banging my head into the table when I try to talk about them to people though. It’s very hard to have a conversation about a character […]

Just Because it Would Be Ludicrous and Impractical is No Reason to Dismiss it Out of Hand

August 20, 2011 by


So I’m writing this thing and I totally want people to read it. To find out if I am, in fact, brilliant. Or just humorously deluded. But when I think about actually showing what I’m working on to someone my brain goes, “Yes, but not yet… I need to do this thing first. And that […]

Am Going To Start Substituting Alcohol For Sleep

August 14, 2011 by


So apparently it is wizards in space. Well, wizard, anyway. I spent Friday with Paul fighting crime explaining my dreams to him, in a way that by the evening I had this whole world fleshed out in my mind and the characters and the… Every Damn Thing Except the Main Character’s Name, Apparently. And so […]