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sconus sconus

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Is there a correct size for a scone? I ask because I had a scone this morning which was larger than my hand. Not just my palm, my entire hand. This strikes me as excessive. But perhaps it isn't, perhaps that's a normal size for a scone, perhaps they are a gargantuan breed of the […]

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cutting to the bone, and the cleaning lady

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In a comment to my last post, Liz pointed out a couple of fantastic articles. One is Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier, who are the writers in residence on Inside A Dog at the moment, talking about writing together, and cutting close enough to the bone: It helps a ton to have another writer in […]

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looks like i'm doomed

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New words yesterday: 2,621 New words today: 1,088 Not only am I officially caught up as of yesterday, but I managed not to fall behind today. It took over two hours but — Wiktory! Also, turns out some of the out-of-sequence stuff I've been writing might, just might, fit in the first two chapters. I'm […]

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random learnings this week

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Catherine Tate is to play the Doctor's companion in series four. Truly, tempura is the only way to eat your veggies. It even makes carrot taste delicious, instead of like chewing on pale wood. Tempura is also quite oily. Quite. But! Delicious. It is entirely possible to make a paperweight out of a contraceptive ring. […]

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alone is the last place i want to be

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Lo, the sequel has begun. Not fantastic progress — turns out the words, they are not willing — but it's a start. You know what this means? Oh yes, the public thrashing as I flail and grope for plot has also begun. You are all very, very lucky. I tried to outline in advance, and […]

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the synapses, they are random

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Well, ticky it is. I knew you were all rational, logical, right-thinking people 😉 Why is it, whenever I decide to be good and not eat unhealthy foods, it's somebody's birthday and I am served mudcake with whipped cream? You can't refuse to eat birthday cake: it's rude. I ate the birthday cake. And the […]

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you tell me

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I found a new poll plugin last night, and this one means I can have ticky boxes in my polls. Unfortunately, it does not display the poll in the feeds: it just has a bland little text message directing readers back to the site. Which is better than a blank nothing, but it's still not […]

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that's not a storm — this is a storm

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Well. That was a fizzle.1 We didn't even lose power. You call that a storm? Look, unless there's a coal tanker on your beach, it wasn't a storm. [poll=1] Er, except for the people south of Sydney. I expect they will disagree with me. But for my local purposes… yeah, a fizzle. [↩]