Join the debate

I’ve been invited to take part in a debate on ‘Women in Genre’ on 8th May, at Blackwell’s in London. Proceedings begin at 6.30pm, and I’m in great company, with other confirmed participants being: Janet Edwards, Karen Lord, Naomi Foyle and Stephanie Saulter. The event was triggered at least in part by the – correct […]

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Review: Mars Evacuees

Sophia MacDougall’s Mars Evacuees isn’t my normal fare, but I loved it. It’s on the border between YA (Young Adult) and MG (Middle Grade), which I believe means it’s aimed at ages ten to twelve, and the twelve-year-old in me devoured it happily. Because I’ve not read much in this genre I may have missed […]

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Edge Lit

Although I’m still sorting my diary for the summer, I do know I’ll be at Edge-Lit, in Derby, on Saturday 19th July. The Guests of Honour for this one-day convention are Charles Stross and Joe Abercrombie, and many other cool people will be there. The provisional programme has me on a panel on ‘The Science […]

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I too scrive

I’ve finally seen the light and, prompted by a recent special offer, bought a copy of Scrivener. One of today’s tasks is to get to grips with it, a job which goes hand-in-hand with the other task of rounding up some persistent plot-bunnies in the latest novel. I should have (shoulda, coulda, woulda – the […]

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Review: Wonderbook

It’s a while since I’ve read a book on the craft of writing. It’s not that I don’t have more to learn (I do; I hope I always will), it’s just that I’ve learnt enough that I need to put in some effort to find new advice amongst the stuff I’ve heard before and I […]

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Books save us

I’ve not had a great week. I’ll spare you full details, but let’s just say bad things have happened to good people, bad people have happened to me and a moment of stupidity on my part cost me money I couldn’t spare. Several times this week I’ve walked into the library – OK, the spare […]

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Picocon

I like one-day conventions. They’re condensed, manageable (financially and physically) and tend to have an unique feel to them. Picocon holds a special place in my heart as it was the first con to invite me to be a Guest of Honour. So, this year I’ll be back and, in true Picocon anarchic style, may […]

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… books out and about

Much has been said about how e-books will change our reading habits – and our lives. I’ve no interest in either railing against or defending these changes. I’ll leave that to more informed people with clearer agendas and views. Changes will happen: we’ll adjust. Things will be gained and things lost. But one small aspect […]

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Books in, books out…

This year, Beloved and I haven’t had an argument. Or rather, we haven’t had a specific argument – OK, not really an argument, more a discussion which has been known to get heated – that normally occurs around now. It’s known in our household as the Great Book Cull. We love books but don’t have […]

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Designed by Martin Reed

  • Paging anyone who is free, and in London, on 8th May: ,
  • 3K words. On a Bank Holiday Sunday. Must be wine o'clock now. ,
  • Sitting in a chilly conservatory, rain on the glass, writing about ... people travelling through rain. Must be a Bank Holiday weekend.,
  • For the 12-year-old in all of us: @McDougallSophia's MARS EVACUEES reviewed: ,
  • Currently reading - and enjoying - @McDougallSophia's MARS EVACUEES. A review will follow in due course...,