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Engineering Characters

“Miss Havisham had told me about Generics. They were created here in the Well to populate the books that were to be written. At the point of creation they were simply a human canvas without paint – blank like a … Continue reading

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Sophomore novel – trying to recapture first love, or finding a second one?

“The problem with a second novel is that it takes almost no time to write compared with a first novel. If I write my first novel in a month at the age of 23 and my second novel takes me … Continue reading

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He or She – some confusion about authors’ gender

“Kawasaki Ninja,” said Wardle. “I know we’re looking for a Honda,” he added, forestalling Strike,“but he crapped himself when we came calling.” “So do most people when CID turn up on their doorstep. Go on.” “He’s a sweaty little guy, … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo and a dreadful first-draft

“Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible. Sometimes the fossil you … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin’s birthday

Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, picture by Benjamin West “If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” Benjamion Franklin, Apology for Printers (1730).

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Science, science-fiction and the power of imagination

Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman. Illustration by Tim McDonagh, image from New Statesman. “In her mind’s eye, she saw forsaken civilizations, the bygone times when gods mixed with heroes and monsters interbred with beasts. Her childhood heroes were all brave, … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo, word by word

I participated in the NaNoWriMo 2015 writing challenge. And, it’s done! Happy. Tired. Cannot think of more words… Here are screenshots from my NaNoWriMo dashboard:

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