What Day Was It Today Again?

I’m a time traveller. That’s right and I don’t even try. True, I only travel short distances but travel I do. Today, for instance, I woke up in the certainty it was Wednesday, which it was, but a few hours later I developed another certainty, that it’s actually Thursday. And that’s just a minor trip. Continue reading What Day Was It Today Again?

The Woes and Perils of Writing a Sex Scene

The short list for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Awards by the Literary Review is out and it’s hilarious though I think last year’s was funnier. But this time I feel a certain empathy with the authors selected. Because, honestly, it’s bloody hard to write a good sex scene that is at the same time believable and beautiful, or at any rate memorable. I know because I’ve been there. Continue reading The Woes and Perils of Writing a Sex Scene

Ungreat Your Expectations

I had a horrible dream the other night and when I say horrible I mean the kind of horrible that leaves you in tears when you wake up. That bad. What it was about? Well, it was about an editor I’d approached in waking reality to help make “The Lamiastriga” her best self. In that dream, this editor emailed me politely declining my request, saying — still politely — that the manuscript was so badly written she would have to effectively write a new one and that was more than she was willing to do. Continue reading Ungreat Your Expectations

Onward into the Deep

This story was first conceived as nothing more than an illustration of writing ideas in an older blog post. But then, a few months ago, I saw a call for submissions dubbed “Release the Virgins” and I got motivated enough to sit down and write the story. It didn’t make the cut but I liked it enough to share it here.  Continue reading Onward into the Deep

Three Rules of Horrible Parenting

Following up on my rules of bad parenting, here are three more that take bad parenting to the level of horrible. Or so it may seem to those who have never had children or have read too much parenting advice of the modern sort. Continue reading Three Rules of Horrible Parenting

Top 5 Loathsome Words

“The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.” T. Pratchett Continue reading Top 5 Loathsome Words

Rules for Writers? Think Again.

Anyone who writes and is on Twitter will have probably seen the writing-rule storm that Jonathan Franzen unwittingly unleashed last week with his 10 rules for writers. Reactions ranged from genuine outrage and swearing to mock advice that was in many cases brilliant, so I’ll be sharing this here. Continue reading Rules for Writers? Think Again.