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Wherein I advise on seasonal strangeness, caffeine cauldrons, and the importance of not giving up!

So, you’ve started mainlining caffeine, your friends and family have spent the last week getting offended by the auto-response on your email, and you’ve already forgotten what sunlight feels like.  To add insult to injury, the battery on your laptop ran out on the train, there’s no paper left in…

Summer Camp

July is upon us and with it has come Camp NaNo, the summer version of National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November. As I did last November, I have once again set myself the (slightly insane) task of writing at least 50,000 words of a new novel this…

The Forced Pen

In recent months I have discovered several rather unpleasant truths about being a writer. The first, was that writers have alarmingly little time to actually write. I refer here to my own, personal writing, and not the writing I do day to day as (among other things) a Copy Writer.…

Willow, Weep No More

I have an utterly delightful announcement today, which is doubly delicious for me as it requires delivering not one, but two wonderful pieces of news. The first is that my short story, ‘Grave’, is very soon to be published in an utterly luscious volume of fairy-tale-style stories entitled Willow, Weep…

A Little Progress

Today it finally felt as if progress was being made on several fronts. The final short list of short stories for the anthology I’m editing has now been made and the lucky authors notified, I’ve managed to get some work on Twisted Sister done, and I’ve even managed to spend…