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Category Archives: writing
I wasn’t going to write one of these. 2015 is… exhausting to think about. I was so poor, and depressed, and ill at the start of the year. A week into January I had to ask for your help to … Continue reading
[Cross-posted from my Tumblr, In Search of the Happiness Max.] Virginia Woolf’s seminal essay, A Room of One’s Own, which I come back to again and again when I see in myself and others the struggle to engage in intellectual … Continue reading
Sacrifice I went to tea with my heroes today, Eagerly awaiting what they would say. Lucy the Brave and Susan the fair – Daenerys, Khaleesi Unburnt, was there. Susan to the Khaleesi said: “Your brother, I hear you burnt his … Continue reading
My author-copy of Missing Monarchs arrived – Eeeeeeeeeeeeee! Quite obviously only one thing to do: PHOTOSHOOT! For those not in the know, Missing Monarchs is the Fox Spirit Books anthology in which my story, ‘The Runaway King’ was published earlier … Continue reading
I’m so excited! Missing Monarchs is finally here! And inside it is my story, ‘The Runaway King’! Missing Monarchs is a Fox Pocket Anthology – flash fiction on a single theme collected for your pocket-book delectation. My story is a … Continue reading
Most people find colons to be more intuitive than semi-colons, but even so, it helps to have a clear idea of when to use them, rather than just a general feeling. Some confuse them with semi-colons, or have a general … Continue reading
It’s tempting to jump right in and just tell you about the things that a) people are asking me about, and b) I see come up most often in manuscripts. But I believe that understanding the whys and wherefores of … Continue reading
This is the first in a series of articles I’m going to be doing, providing a proofreader’s perspective on spelling, grammar, and manuscript preparation. The purpose will not be to lecture, but to inform and to help. I want to … Continue reading
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading
Your excellent taste in reading my posts has been validated! Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary is out, starring ME. Oh, and I guess 49 other people like Elizabeth Bear, Niall Harrison, Joe Abercrombie, Kate Elliott, … Continue reading