save the night for weeping

I'm feeling just the slightest bit melancholy tonight. I suspect this is in large part due to the fact that, for the last four days, I have not been able to take a shower without strapping a plastic bag over my face, and let me tell you, that novelty wears off sharpish. So, to continue […]



we know the start, we know the end

Me, reading aloud the name of the article: The five greatest things ever accomplished while high… Nurse: I sat in the lotus position while stoned once… Me: you realise I have to blog that "achievement", don't you?

ah. yes. sorry 'bout that.

Proofreading: the process perhaps best described as "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

friday pitch

Heidi Kneale reports on Allen & Unwin editor Louise Thurtell's Friday Pitch.

starship dimensions

Because if there's one thing you absolutely must know, it's What's the scale?

i'm pretty sure it's called multi-tasking

Okay, whoever it was that linked to Pandemic II?1 You owe me I've-lost-count hours of my life. Seriously, how can I concentrate on revising this novel, when there's humans to wipe out? How can I concentrate on wiping out the human race efficiently and effectively when I have this novel to finish? Huh? Huh? Actually, […]

surreal, but 100% true

Yesterday, I'm driving home, and the mobile rings. Being responsible, I pulled over to the side of the road before attempting to answer it, by which time the phone had stopped ringing. And while I'm busy with the phone, the passenger door opens, and I look up to see a little old lady clambering into […]


What is it about cafes? Are they pathologically incapable of hiring staff who can spell? I've stopped counting the crimes against apostrophes (its/it's usually takes a real beating in a cafe menu), but this one was new to me: