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Genre Pacing: A question from Goodreads

On Goodreads, a nice person called Xena WP asked me Jo, after finishing Transcription by K. Atkinson I wished for a few paragraphs at least of Juliet’s happy discovery of Italy and enjoyment of motherhood, things you describe movingly in

Posted in Books, My Books, My Real Children, Writing


I just realised that the things I know about my books before I write them, the thematic image bits, are very like the things I remember about books I have only read once a long time ago and almost forgotten.

Posted in Books, Writing


Lent is finished. 103565 words as of now, sent it out to beta readers, waiting for response. Kind of done, yay!

Posted in Lent, My Books, Writing

In Florence, Thessaly proof, poison, and a rant about sources

I am in Florence. in my beautiful and carefully chosen apartment, where I will be until early July, sometimes on my own and more often with visiting friends. The plan is that I will immerse myself in Lent, which is

Posted in Lent, Thessaly, Writing

A Burden Shared

I have a new short story up on today, A Burden Shared. It’s about familial love and the future of disability. Well, actually, it’s about pain. I had the idea for this one in conversation with Doug Palmer at

Posted in Writing

Thud: Lent

Words: 2070 Total words: 15817 Files: 2 Tea: Jin Die bio with hand added ginseng Music: only power up music New beginning. So I have been doing a ton of research for Lent, and now I am ready to really

Posted in Lent, My Books, Writing


I’m not sure what I’m going to do about new poems. Traditionally, when I write a poem I put it on livejournal and on my Patreon — always the best way to support me writing poetry and make me feel

Posted in Writing

10th November 2016: How I feel when people reference Farthing

Generally if something in the world causes somebody to think of something I have written, it’s delightful. It means I’ve succeeded in encapsulating something, in finding a way of describing something that’s useful to somebody. Something I’ve written has helped

Posted in Human culture, Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face, Small Change, Writing

13th June 2013: Destiny

There’s a thing I often find productive when I’m writing fantasy that I don’t hear people talk about much. People often talk about looking at real historical magic, and I find that generally useless and especially when you’re talking about

Posted in Writing

1st December 2011: 47 Today

Great birthday so far — Rysmiel and I went out for a very good meal last night at a new place called French Connection Montreal, which I discovered by the simple method of reading their menu while waiting for a bus.

Posted in Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face, Writing