Fitness for Writers (Does Not Include Running After Plot Bunnies)

Fitness for Writers (Does Not Include Running After Plot Bunnies)

I see the problem of fitness for writers being two-fold. Firstly, the fact that we’re sitting at a desk all the time, which apparently is slowly killing us (along with diet coke and wifi, so I doubt I have long left). Second is the fact that our haunts of choice tend to be home, near …

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A Beautiful Cover for a Beautiful Book

A Beautiful Cover for a Beautiful Book

In which I finally get over my misgivings about buying a book for the cover, and admit to being slightly confused. By the book, not life. I’m more than slightly confused about that bit. I also talk about how much I loved His Dark Materials. It was a lot. A lot. And this book – well, …

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What You Believe You Know – Talking Mindset

What You Believe You Know – Talking Mindset

What do you know about yourself? What do you believe? What are you good at? What things leave you bewildered? What’s your mindset? We’ve all got those preconceptions – I can do this, but not this. I’m good at this, but not this. But what if it’s not that clear cut? What if what we believe …

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Books to Read for the Sheer Fun of it

Books to Read for the Sheer Fun of it

In which I talk about three authors that I know I can pick up for a good story, a satisfying ending, and pure escapism. And that also shouldn’t be read on public transport, because giggling to oneself may be frowned upon. I also talk about amazing book titles, such as The Island of the Sequinned …

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A Day in the Life of the Little Furry Muse

A Day in the Life of the Little Furry Muse

Greetings, humans. No, it’s fine. No need to bow. If I was physically before you things might be different, but you’ll look ridiculous if you’re all sitting there bowing to your internet machines. Wait, I take it back. Bow away. It has come to my attention that some of you doubt the work that I …

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The Sleeper & the Spindle, or Wow This is Beautiful

The Sleeper & the Spindle, or Wow This is Beautiful

In which I gush unashamedly over the work of art that is The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. Because it’s, like, beautiful. Like, really, really beautiful. I also surprise no one by not knowing the correct way to pronounce Chris Riddell’s name.     Do you like fairy tale re-tellings? …

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Weird Things in My Kindle TBR

Weird Things in My Kindle TBR

I’ve had a Kindle (other ereaders are also available, apparently), in one form or another, for at least eight years or so. My original Kindle, in fact, I sent to my dad when I ‘upgraded’ to a Kindle Fire. That Kindle Fire has now become a Spotify machine which crashes regularly, and the Kindle Fire …

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The Joys of Old Sci-Fi Books (& Covers)

The Joys of Old Sci-Fi Books (& Covers)

In which I show off a slightly haphazard collection of old Pan C.S. Lewis and Penguin John Wyndham sci-fi, and try to justify their purchase as an exercise in learning about humanity through the writings of old sci-fi writers, rather than just because I like the wonderfully trashy covers. What? I never said I had …

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Happy Valentine’s from a Valentine’s Cynic

Happy Valentine’s from a Valentine’s Cynic

I’ve never quite got Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t a huge thing when I was growing up in NZ – or I don’t remember that it was. I don’t really know – maybe it was popular, but as I was a bit of a late starter on the whole romance thing, I may have missed it. …

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