Gardening before/after

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Yesterday we spent much of the day gardening, and came up with this transformation: Before After Perhaps you can’t tell what the difference is? I’ll get better before/after pictures next time. I smoothed out all the beds. On the left the bed grew annoyingly narrow- like a fat person with very skinny legs- so I had to widen it with …

Zombie Ocean Book 4 – Speculation

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What do you think will happen in the upcoming book 4 of the Zombie Ocean, THE LOSS? What do you hope to see? Which characters are we going to focus on? What will be on the cover? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Paper Eagle

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In class the other day I had my 19-year-old pre-uni students make a paper eagle as part of a teamwork exercise. This is it- Inspiring. Its name was Lily, like the Danish Girl *shrugs*

Kingkiller & Holly Lolly

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I just finished book 2 of the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss- proper review forthcoming- and now I need something similar to read. All I want is more Kvothe! There is none though, the third book in the trilogy has been expected for at least 4 years, and still no sign of it coming. What is Rothfuss playing at? Whatever. …

Kindle Publishers Meetup Group

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Last night I went to Canteen in Spitalfields market to join the Kindle Publishers Meetup group, hoping for a good discussion about self-publishing and book marketing with fellow authors. To some extent I got it, from a very friendly and welcoming bunch, with a very friendly and cheerful leader, Sharif. The discussion was maybe not all I’d hoped for- though …

Work style…

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At drinks with colleagues a few days back, the topic came up of my lack of ‘work style’. Of course I wear a suit, so I’m smartly presented, but that always becomes shirt and pants as I’m not comfortable in a jacket. Add that to the fact that I don’t wear a tie (nobody does here) and I often wear …

Not a bin…

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The sign says it’s not a bin. So, some kind of medieval urinal?  Answers on a postcard.    Actually if you peer closely at the faded sign, you will it is in fact a mop wringer.  Of course. We saw this at the Guildhall in Leicester- which we headed up to for a day trip today. Actually, it’s a little …

Breakthrough in zombie town

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For the past few days I’ve been doubting the opening quarter of Zombie Ocean 3- but today I had s breakthrough. What seemed repetitive and dull became (I hope) gripping and taut. Even if we know what happens. It’s no secret to say the opening part of Zombie Ocean 3 has some substantial overlap with books 1 and 2, just …

Ugne from Bakeoff!

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This morning on the train into work SY and I totally saw Ugne from Great British Bakeoff!! She was squeezing into the Hammersmith and City line, and I felt the urge to yell out “Hey Ugne!” followed by something like, “Great baking!” I didn’t- perhaps I was too star struck? I should be prepared, honestly, after seeing Richard who nearly …

Things I’m looking forward to.

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What with all the forward and backward stepping with the house of late, and no time set aside for doing purely fun stuff, and the next 3 months of term looming ahead monolithically, I think it’s a good time to contemplate the positives. So, a list of things I’m looking forward to: – Seeing The Martian. I loved the book, …

Cover design day 

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Today I spent many many hours working on the typography for the new Mr. Ruins cover. Hours hunting for good free fonts, then hours more tinkering with colors, font combos, spacing and placement, as well as making mini changes to the image itself. It’s amazing how long it can take to do such little things that nobody will really notice. …

New desk!

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Its a mini pedestal desk with 7 drawers and two writing-ey bits that pop out above drawers at left and right to afford more writing surface. It is where I will do most of my writing hereon in.     Just behind the chair is my weights bench. Did weights tonight.  Corbyn won the Labour leadership election. People say it’s huge, …

Story arc in Zombie Ocean 3

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Today I thought a lot about what Cerulean’s story arc is. I think knowing that will make the writing flow.  With Amo and Anna it was easy- they were both a kind of love story. Boy/girl, parent/daughter. The arc from beginning to end is straightforward- have someone, lose them, get them back again. That’s not Cerulean’s arc though. If anything, …

Pre-story ‘set-up’ writing?

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I had some time today for writing, and I set to it with slogging perseverance. It was not especially fun, more like wrestling with a slippery goat in a vat of cold spaghetti bolognese. There were certainly mini-highs, as I stumbled upon a bit that seemed fun or pointing in the right direction, but there were quite a lot of …

The wardrobes fit!

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We hired two guys who came round today and brute forced the wardrobes up over the banister and into the room. The banister got pretty scratched up, but paint will fix that. The wardrobes are massive, very deep, but they look great. The TV stand we bought though was damaged, crunched on the corner, so it will hopefully go back …