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kemst þó hægt fari

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Sitting in the type of weather I perfectly hate: muggy, unmoving air, thick with plump mosquitos; and all I can think is: I miss Iceland. This is the black-sand beach where Jökulsárlón, the glacial lagoon fed by Vatnajökull, empties its iceberg shards into the Atlantic Ocean. The day I visited it was bitterly cold, hanging […]

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sometimes, daily means when you can

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I started this year with an admittedly-ambitious daily target: 1,200 a day on the faerie novel and 700 a day on a short story (which will probably end up not entirely that short). I could have aimed for a lower target, but that would have meant working on Saturdays and Sundays and one thing I […]

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first stop: (not dying in) switzerland

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Switzerland was my friend's destination of choice to elope, and in a fit of travel lust I not-so-jokingly threatened to come with her, as did members of both her and his families, and that's how their elopement turned into a (modern) fairytale wedding and my trip to Europe was born. I expected to enjoy the […]

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oh, the places i've seen!

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Full travel stories (with pictures) will come in time, but by way of a quick run-down I have, in the past two and a half months: climbed mountains, hiked glaciers, seen movie stars at work (Bollywood and Hollywood), traipsed medieval city walls, read a Dr Suess poem at a wedding, dared the interior of mountains […]

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the exotic made familiar

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These little guys were everywhere in Mongolia. Mostly they came out at dawn and dusk and fled at sight of people, in a strange bounding, dashing gait. I remember being woken one morning by a stream of angry chittering: we'd staked our tent so that the stay-rope interfered with his favourite exit. We nicknamed them […]

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tarbosaurus forgives all

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Today I am feeling somewhat whimsical, and somewhat nostalgic, so I think that means it's time for more Mongolia pictures. To perfectly encapsulate my mood, perhaps it's best I give you pictures taken inside the Natural History Museum. I visited this museum because I wanted to see a Tarbosaurus Bataar skeleton, and say what you […]

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not since the holocene

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I may or may not have contracted some form of con lurgy despite barely managing an attendance. (Turns out a con in your home town? Surprisingly inconvenient. The dayjob expects you to earn your keep, instead of swanning around pretending you're a real grown-up writer.)1 So instead of actual, you know, content, on the producing […]

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Tibet is…

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Today I have a special present for you all: a guest post by the redoubtable Tessa! Tessa is one of the authors featured in Baggage, which will be launched at Borders, South Wharf (20 Convention Center Place), Thursday 2 September 2010 1-3pm. Having read Tessa's contribution to the anthology (several times) I can promise it […]