Mugged or worse…

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Yesterday SY and I were walking home in the dark, around 7pm, past the park near our house. It’s not the best way home as there’s a long passage where on both sides there’s a tall and spiky metal fence, but we were near Sainsbury’s buying light bulbs and it’s a pain in the ass to go all the way round the other way. In that passage, you’re hemmed in basically- and we don’t usually take that route for that reason, even though it does have lights. There’s nobody nearby either, to hear you scream- park on one side, allotments on the other. But we took it. Ahead of us a big guy and a smaller, late middle-aged lady were …

Confrontation on the train

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It seems like I get into some kind of confrontation with someone about once a week now (the house seller, the gardener, the preacher at church, kids at school regularly). This after 11 years in Japan and perhaps 1 or 2 proper arguments with random people. Perhaps that was partly due to poor language skills, but also culture difference. Anyway, this morning on the train I had a confrontation. We were packed in, and an older woman next to me in the aisle was grumbling about everybody, muttering to her partner but loud enough for people nearby to hear. She complained that nobody would move down (the common refrain on London trains is ‘Can you move down please?’), she asked …

New King Ruin cover!

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The new King Ruin cover is in and done- yet to be applied to the book itself, but this is what it will be as soon as I get time to update the book file:? Wow, right? I said it was sexy. I think it may look a little more cartoony than the Mr. Ruins cover, and I have mild concern that with a title of King Ruin, it is a little confusing to see a woman on the front, but other than those which I think are mild issues, it is fantastic. Sex and blood and twin red suns in the sky. I am smitten. I will definitely do an adventures in book marketing post for King Ruin, now …

Hoo ha with the gardener

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We had a gardener, and now we do not. She was my mom’s gardener, a lovely older lady who both SY and I had worked alongside in my mom’s garden- both of us kind of hired help for the day- with whom we got along very well. Her son is teaching English in Japan right now, which I did for 11 years, so we bonded over that. A month back we invited her to our new garden, to pick her brain about our sick eucalyptus and to potentially design our garden for us. A ballpark figure of 500 pounds ($750) was agreed upon, for design, work, plants, everything. Work commenced at once, with the holly lolly getting the trim I …

The perfect tonic for your frustrations.

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SY went to a sewing class in Seven Sisters only to find nobody there and the phone number unresponsive. So… we went to see Spectre instead. James Bond is the perfect tonic for such frustrations. He just gets it done (every girl kissed and every guy killed). I enjoyed the movie very much (and will probably review properly soon). Writing My artist finished the new King Ruin cover. It is very sexy- I’ll show it here soon. He’s starting work on the Cerulean cover and God of Ruin too. I’ll be much more confident promoting these books now I think- with covers I can really be proud of.