Killing Humour Would Be Worse than the Bee Crisis

I come to you today as a woman gravely agitated, dare I say brutally triggered, by several social network comments by strangers on a supposed quote by Terry Pratchett, of all things. While the comments themselves were too idiotic to quote, they do reflect a trend that I find to be a lot more dangerous than the shrinking bee population. Why? Because bees are not the only pollinators but humour is our only natural coping mechanism for crises of all sorts. If we kill that, we can just shut the door on humanity, turn the key in the lock and throw in a volcano. Continue reading Killing Humour Would Be Worse than the Bee Crisis

A Writer’s Five Greatest Horrors

There are things we’re all afraid of and there are things some of us are afraid of while others enjoy, such as, say, snakes. And then there are work-specific horrors like client briefs or, I don’t know, oil price updates. And then there are the horrors of writing. While I’m nowhere near a representative sample I have been communicating with other writers. We tend to be great big whiners but some things truly scare us and with good reason. Continue reading A Writer’s Five Greatest Horrors

A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 9-13

Welcome to the Apocalypse. Our regular program will resume after the panic. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 9-13

We Want to Invest in Your Book

Anyone who’s had any experience whatsoever with publishing, even with a single short story or a poem, must have acquired the kind of uneasy feeling that this is a sea full of sharks and other life forms that do not exactly have your best interests at heart. Sadly, it seems that sooner or later most of us run into these life forms. Continue reading We Want to Invest in Your Book

A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 2-6

It’s been quite a week here, with a quiet start but oh, what an end. You wouldn’t know unless you follow oil news but let’s just say I know exactly why we’ll all be paying less for petrol in the next few weeks and possibly months. It was a blast. There’s no drama like OPEC drama. But enough of that. Moving on. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 2-6

Write Them Real, Write Them True

There’s a topic that has been nagging me for quite a while, demanding attention and asking that my opinion on it be shared with the world. My usual response has been “Shut up and go sit in the corner, you’re too politicised as it is” but a recent chat with a fellow writer sort of convinced me it was possible to write about it without enraging armies or even your discussion partner. The nagging topic is about men writing female characters and, gasp, women writing male characters. Continue reading Write Them Real, Write Them True

A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 17-21

The first signs of spring are in the air in my part of the world and though it’s a bit early in February, I don’t mind it, too fed up with having to wear a dozen layers of clothing when I go out in the morning. It’s not that cold — we’ve got nothing on Canada, northern Russia or the States — but it is unpleasantly cold and it’s been cold for long enough. Enter spring! And close the door behind you because draught kills. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 17-21