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Past And Plans

Past And Plans

Did you know, it’s seven years since I joined WordPress? It’s funny — it feels both longer ago than that, and much more recent. For example, I was sure I had a blog before I started NaNoWriMo for the first time, in 2009, but if I didn’t join WordPress until nearly the end of November, I obviously didn’t. Perhaps I created it in the wake of my first year of NaNo success, still riding the high of finishing my first…

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Bloody Matchmaking (And Some Better News)

Bloody Matchmaking (And Some Better News)

There are some people in this world who insist on matchmaking. As soon as you’re distracted, or otherwise out of the way, they’re introducing you to their friends — or worse, introducing your friends to their friends, until you find yourself confused as to how, exactly, they met, let alone went off without you. I have a friend like that. Their name is Gravity. I don’t know how long Gravity planned this particular operation, but the moment I stepped out…

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Quiet Success

Quiet Success

I finished the third draft of The Quiet Ones. I was going to write this post two days ago, because that was when I thought I’d finished, but it’s just as well I didn’t, because while on a long train journey yesterday I read through the draft and found a section that I’d forgotten to rewrite to take into account a scene I cut, and I also figured out a way to make the ending a lot better. So this…

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These Are My Potential Readers

These Are My Potential Readers

This was an attempt at a satirical poem, written for my Classical Civilisations class. It’s inspired by the most common response I get from people when they hear I’m writing a book – “You should let me read it.” Should I? I always think. Is that an obligation? I should, should I? It irritates me perhaps more than it should. These are my potential readers, who grasp at my work with hands so desperate they will take a first draft…

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Failure Doesn’t Happen

Failure Doesn’t Happen

Failure isn’t something that happens. Failure is our judgement on something that happens. You look at something, and you think, “I failed at that.” Even though you did better than your friend. Because you know you could have done better than that if you’d just worked harder or spent more time on it or remembered to save the document before you closed down the computer. If you write a book, and it stays on your computer and nobody ever reads…

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Why We Care About Fictional Characters

Why We Care About Fictional Characters

It’s funny the way we care about fictional characters. I mean, we know they’re not real, but something inside us cares what happens to them. We want Frodo to destroy the ring without getting killed; we want Jack to let Owen back on the Torchwood team; we want Sherlock not to fall. It matters to us. Why does it matter to us? Fictional characters are fictional. They don’t exist, they really don’t. Often, however, they outlive their authors. Walk up…

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