February of Focus

Hmm. That February we just got past felt fractionally longer than most Februaries. How mysterious.Japes aside, this past month I’ve definitely been running into a few tricky little things around keeping myself working at a reasonable pace.See, in my head, I think I can crank out 3000 words or so a day – this is… Continue reading February of Focus

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January Jetlag

No actual jetlag, but my January has certainly felt jetlagged – like my year only actually got started last week, or something. But it has, indeed, gotten started.Quicker than Blood’s momentum has slowed down, but is still in motion – we are now looking like it’ll be completed between April and May, and wordcount should… Continue reading January Jetlag

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Delayed December

There is just a thing around me and coughs. I managed to develop one just after getting back home after family holiday gatherings. I’m keeping an eye on it and will seek out extra medical assistance if it continues to be tricky, but I think I’m on the mend – even if I’ve been flat… Continue reading Delayed December

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November Natterings

Hello, and welcome to that time of the year when weather patterns (in the northern hemisphere) turn colder, society (more or less everywhere) becomes holiday focussed, and I get very tempted to go to places with an actual fire in the vicinity.On a personal level, I am thankfully a little less disrupted than I’ve been,… Continue reading November Natterings

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October Visitations

I hope the Halloween season has been healthfully spooky to you all. Mine has been particularly terrifying, coinciding with needing to talk to my GP office (medical paperwork stuff over my medical history, only emotionally scary), needing to deal with tons of admin for my flat (the building I’m in has issues large enough that… Continue reading October Visitations

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September of slumping timber

Getting the engine started on Quicker than Blood is taking way longer than expected. Back in March I thought I was creeping up on getting into the meat of the prose, and, well...I am in the midst of doing the last thing before I actually get into the drafting process – writing out a scene… Continue reading September of slumping timber

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Slow-Fast August

I feel like I’m making real progress on Quicker than Blood, and it’s all down to what I was talking about last month – complexifying the story without really changing too much about it.Suddenly events have more momentum and mass behind them – an abandoned hotel room and the litter in it are, far more… Continue reading Slow-Fast August

You speak the truth, or July?

Apparently, approximately once a year, as the weather improves, I am legally obligated to injure myself. You may recall last September I took a tumble while trying to organize a writing desk and managed to take some bruises. Very nearly a year later – right at the start of August, thus this delay – I… Continue reading You speak the truth, or July?

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June’s when the year turns over

It’s been a long month for me. Nightmares, literal and figurative, have played a role in it. The most anecdote-worthy nightmare is when my toilet broke and I had to get very, very DIY with trying to repair it due to having a family-member over as house-guest.That resolved satisfactorily, although for a night it meant… Continue reading June’s when the year turns over

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There May be progress.

I think that inertia is a force in all of our lives, and for writers – or at least for this writer – it can be especially impactful.It can take forever to build up speed, getting some project or task started. Once it’s going, it takes much less energy to keep going. Sometimes it can… Continue reading There May be progress.

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Febrile April

Well, the cough is now long behind me, but I managed to catch a random fever on Sunday night – resolved by Tuesday morning, but left sleepless, not recovered or caught up with anything until now – Thursday.Despite being out of end at the tail end of April, and needing to spend a little more… Continue reading Febrile April

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Slow March

At last, I am free from my cough! No more do random coughing fits destroy my concentration... but, just in time to keep me on my toes, some neighbours are getting some work done and there are occasional rare and mysterious banging sounds.However, I have kept my concentration up enough to finally nail down (what… Continue reading Slow March

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SPSFC Sale! (And like 20 micro-reviews of the first page)

As you may recall, last year, Dog Country placed 12th in the inaugural Self-Published Science-Fiction Competition, or SPSFC. (Consensus seems to be it is either pronounced 'Space-fic' or 'Space-face'.)This year, Mouse Cage is a semi-finalist. And a bunch of the semi-finalists have put together a sale on Amazon Kindle this week, in Amazon US (and… Continue reading SPSFC Sale! (And like 20 micro-reviews of the first page)

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Jinxing January

I... think this year’s going to be good?I know that in the years of our suffering 202x we do not say such things lest we bring down the wrath of Roko’s Basilisk, but despite anxieties around life and the world and well-being and all, I’m still looking forward to the year ahead.My new writing season… Continue reading Jinxing January

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December Deliberations

You know what I always wanted to do as a kid, but never did?Get good at drawing. Like, really good.I never did – my coordination wasn’t that good, and I had all these other things demanding my time. (Like... incredibly poor mental health; life struggles which make for some sometimes tragic, sometimes absurdly funny anecdotes;… Continue reading December Deliberations

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