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totally the big issues here, people

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I have a love-hate relationship with chewing gum. One of the guys at work always has these strange brands of gum, with highbrow flavours. He particularly favours minty orange, which I'll grant you is surprising at first, but delicious. And every now and then I steal some off him because, well, for example, lunch needs […]

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call me back when the war is over

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I am, right this very second, supposed to be writing. Sir Tessa is sitting across from me1 and she's working industriously. I am not.2 Instead I am trying out Sir Tessa's new portable ergonomic keyboard. I am not succeeding overly well at typing with this contraption, because the keys are in the wrong space! They're […]

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i am this close to declaring to-do-list bankruptcy

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Since the old routine was proving difficult to groove back into, post-Mongolia, I've been trying out a new routine. It's not quite working yet. Previously I'd been landing early at the dayjob, and writing after I clocked off. This has the benefit of my morning tram not being a peak hour one, and the library, […]

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dear story: you (still) suck

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I don’t know whether it’s just approaching-the-end or it’s-not-working, but I hate the short story. I hate all my stories when I’m approaching the end of the draft, so it could be completely normal and nothing to be concerned about. On the other hand, the approaching-the-end hate is particularly difficult to tell apart from the […]

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strange kind of day to discover

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Right this very second, I'm supposed to be writing. And my body is doing its damnedest to convince me we're not capable of sitting still1 or (horror of all horrors) dragging words out of the murky recesses of my consciousness and slapping them down in some laughable approximation of narrative order. My eyes are sagging […]

clan life

news from the trenches

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First, the administrivia: I have been a most efficient and dedicated authorly creature and mailed out the giveaway books. They went out in the afternoon post of Monday 21 December (my time). So, winners, eyes on your mail boxes, and please to be ooh'ing and aah'ing over the pretty when it arrives, 'kay? 'kay. I […]

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and i'm not even that good at grammar

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Today at work I pointed out a tagline that was aiming for — and singularly failing to use — the plural possessive. Worse, I did it with frustrated hand gestures and even (oh dear lord) finished up with a wordless cry. You know what this means, don't you? That's right: I've cemented my reputation. In […]