a random assortment

» The name Mudpuddle has now been adopted by immediate and extended family. » I will be in Melbourne this coming weekend. Melbourne! Me! There will be attending of Rufus Wainwright concerts and a trip to the zoo. Anyone down that way wishing to catch up with me (which will be from late Saturday afternoon […]

those who can count, and those who can't

Somewhere along the way, I forgot how to count. This is largely a problem because revising 4,000 words a day between now and Feb 14 will not, no matter what my spreadsheet tells me, result in an extra 60,000 words revised by Feb 14. Looks like the novel won't be finished in a week, as […]

everybody panic celebrate!

It's been a whirlwind couple of days. There was the visit to a dermatologist about a suspicious freckle: I'm scheduled for a biopsy on my return1, and probably surgery to remove said freckle when the biopsy results come back. If the concept weren't so terrifying, the freckle in question would be quite cute: it's a […]

pterodactyls are the least of my confusion

Home for a week and a half now and at last I'm feeling, sorta kinda, touch wood, that maybe, just maybe, the daily routines and errands are back under some semblance of control. Although I did catch myself reading my stars this morning, which is a sure sign that I'm pining, and hoping the world […]

from here on out it gets tricky

This week saw me in Sydney for my consult with the surgeon who will be removing the freckle. He will be doing a flap repair procedure which will, when the bandages are removed and the skin has knitted, result in a Z-shaped scar. Yes, that's right: I am going to look like I tangled with […]

i (still) can't think of anything

One of the hardest parts about a revision, I find, is simply starting the dang thing. The whole concept is just too daunting. There are so many things to fix, and in my abortive fledgeling novels said fixes are never just a simple one-line tweak but rather involve complicated novel-length rearrangements and convolutions and the […]

the lies you tell in liverpool will follow you to spain

The proofs for Shadow Queen arrived a couple of days ago. While it's still an unbound slab of A4 sheaves of paper, it now has purty fonts and layout. In other words, this thing is beginning to look suspiciously like one of those critters you find on the shelves in bookstores. I'm so new at […]

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."

sometimes i find myself alone at night

The proofread is done, long live the proofread. Technically I shouldn't celebrate quite yet, since my editor hasn't told me there's nothing else I need to look at and please send it all back now, but that stack of tagged and tricksome pages has been systematically slashed through with red pen and denuded of tags, […]

choose your own adventure (tess style)

For those of you who don't read Tessa's blog (are there any of you?), her bouts of nightshift, while sometimes throwing her off-kilter, are pure genius for the rest of us. Previously, she's indulged in the 7 wishes. This time, she's writing a choose your own adventure. Go. Choose. Enjoy.