Je suis Paris

I have so many thoughts and feelings after what happened in Paris yesterday. Some are complicated, some are simple. I loved visiting Paris last month, and felt a real sense of the place as a community with personality in its own right. All I can repeat is what I always repeat. Call your friends. Hold your family. But tomorrow, go out and play. The

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08/11/15

Oh no! The dreaded “Sorry for not posting more!” update! York Festival of Writing was fantastic as always. I’m really starting to zero in on closing this (final?) draft of The Wrong Ghost, and everything after this is just tweaking and editing. I know, I’ve been saying that for a while. I was in Disneyland Paris last month, and have never felt

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27/07/2015

This unexpected sick day seems like an excellent chance to catch everybody up. Most these digests seem to finish with a promise to “focus largely on my novel” or “really concentrate down on The Wrong Ghost”. Well lately, that’s true! With the rapid approach of the fantastic opportunity that is York Festival of Writing, I’ve successfully cleansed my

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11/06/2015

It’s been a month of check-boxes vanishing! Not too long after getting hold of full-time employment, I was able to arrange a hospital visit for surgery for which I was originally expecting to wait nine months. That gave me four weeks at home taking painkillers, frustratingly unable to form a strong enough thought to get any decent written work done. I do

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09/05/2015

Well it was a little anticipated, but I’ve started being paid to sit at a desk for 35 hours a week again. It’s taken me a bit of a while to find my feet and get back into my work-is-not-my-job stride, but I have done, and just in time for both my birthday and the election season. Naturally I produced another of my yearly observational videos, with the

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14/04/2015

It is with a heavy heart that I must reveal I’m not actually at London Book Fair this week. A trifecta of money, time and health -mainly health- has rendered me quite useless. It takes a lot for me to walk to town or stand at my desk at the moment, so I can’t imagine that attending four days of conferencing would’ve been within my current skillset. I’m

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06/04/2015

Another month without an update! I hope I’ve been the right kind of busy! Here’s a list of what I’ve been working on lately… Over at Crap Looking Books I’ve finally given “On female authors..and how to deal with their apparent invisibility” a much need rewrite, to include less-ignorant mental and publishing developments from the past 3 years. Turns out

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Reports of my death are slightly inaccurate

Well, I’ve not updated in a while, which is okay. I don’t want to slip into that LiveJournal trap of every blog post being a “sorry for not updating, I’ve been really busy, but something coming soon I swear!” post. I have been busy, mainly looking for a bit of a dayjob and seeking medical advice about an ongoing condition, but also creating some lovely

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17/01/15

Who’s a shiny new website design? You’re a shiny new website design! And you don’t look like Geocities for once. New Year, and I’m doing my best to focus on The Wrong Ghost and The Christmas Santa Slept while looking for a meaningless new dayjob. As such, that means I’m doing everything but those three things. There’s a new article at Crap Looking

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Saint Feckin’ Nick

Wow, so The Christmas Santa Slept did remarkably well in its free week, moving twice as many copies as I expected, and 10% more than I hoped. Ahh, numbers. Unfortunately Amazon don’t really let on as to where the referrals came from, so I don’t know where best to send my thanks… but if you picked up a copy, thank you! I did remarkably well in the Mexican

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