The Little Furry Muse Recommends A Book About Cats

The Little Furry Muse Recommends A Book About Cats

In which The Little Furry Muse proves, once again, that she really is the star of this particular roadshow. Or sideshow. Yeah, sideshow might be a slightly more accurate description. With great disdain for my terrible record of book recommending abilities, she also makes it very clear that she approves of this particular book about cats. …

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6 Quotes About Writing (plus one I made up)

6 Quotes About Writing (plus one I made up)

This being a writing website (although, if I’m to be entirely honest, there seems to be little enough writing going on around here at the moment *stares at self sternly*), I thought I would share some of the time-honoured nuggets of writing wisdom that I have come across along the way. Obviously this will not …

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The Sadness of Being Let Down by a Book

The Sadness of Being Let Down by a Book

In which I express my deep disappointment that the science book I thought might clear up my general scientific confusion proved to be written rather confusingly. Although that may all be down to taste. But I’m not at all clear on why the outfits of the scientists interviewed were given almost as much page space …

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Courage for Creatives (or, a love letter to my online friends)

Courage for Creatives (or, a love letter to my online friends)

Courage, my friends. I know I say this as if I’m some brave adventurer, standing atop a convenient outcropping with one hand on my hip and the other either shading my eyes as I gaze dramatically off into the uncharted distance, or waving a sword around in a vaguely threatening and assertive manner. I don’t …

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Accidental Book Discoveries & Deserted Islands

Accidental Book Discoveries & Deserted Islands

In which I admit the horrible extent of my Kindle book hoarding, and how little I actually get around to reading them. And the fact that I am starting to suffer from pretty cover syndrome, especially as it’s led me right twice now, first with Philip Pullman, now with Scarlett Thomas. I did my magpie …

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7 Reasons Summer is a Problem (for Writers)

7 Reasons Summer is a Problem (for Writers)

Spring has, apparently, sprung. This time last week we were emerging from what seemed like an eternity of unending rain (yes, I realise that it was unending only in the sense that we’re not used to it down here. When I used to live in the UK it would have just been a normal week …

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Fear & Loathing & Confusing Books

Fear & Loathing & Confusing Books

In which I confess to a love of books that sweep you up and carry you along with their sheer energy, even if you have no idea where they’re going. And you’re pretty sure that the author’s not really got much of an idea, either. And while I haven’t enjoyed all of Hunter S Thompson’s …

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Glenda & the Horsemen Are Not Sure – A Short Story

Glenda & the Horsemen Are Not Sure – A Short Story

Between one thing and the other at the moment, I’m not getting a lot of what I term ‘my’ writing done. That is, writing that’s not blog writing or work writing. And while I still enjoy my blog writing and work writing, it’s all rather closely related to real life, which is not an area …

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Beaufort Scales & Characters That Are More Than They Seem

Beaufort Scales & Characters That Are More Than They Seem

Here’s a thing that happened to me the other day. I’d been having a lot of trouble with my shoulder, and attributed it to overdoing things on the weights, even though the problem appeared (weirdly) on a day off, while I was sat on the couch (conclusion: sitting on the couch is dangerous, kids. Don’t …

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