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14th March 2005: Cold Girly Steel

Kate Elliott asked me why I wanted to write about warrior women, and I thought as this was likely to be long and self-indulgent, I’d answer over here. This also follows on from some things we were discussing in Rilina’s

Posted in Sulien World, Writing

5th July 2004: Old men ought to be explorers

I didn’t sleep much last night, and I was reading Anne de Courcy’s excellent biography of Curzon’s daughters The Viceroy’s Daughters (kind of post-research for Farthing) and it struck me how incredible it was that someone could be born before

Posted in Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face, My Real Children

1st April 2004: Skazlorls

I have, with John M. Ford’s gracious permission, managed to insert the following sentence into Lyflode “The sky was black with skazlorls” and then a little later “Did you see the skazlorls?” When that’s in print, the word will be

Posted in Lifelode

9th January 2004: Clarification

[I’d posted asking for recommendations] I don’t want twins, I want the situation where someone takes on the persona of someone else and has to act with people who know the original person as if they are that person, while

Posted in Books, Small Change

6th November 2003: Being able to talk about things

Thank you everyone who posted on my previous entry, I really appreciate the support and sympathy. I’m fine, and Zorinth (of course) came home without any problems and we had dinner and he told me way more than I wanted

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

5th November 2003: Why I am brave

It’s November 5th, and I have let Zorinth go to see Pirates of the Caribbean on his own, and come back on his own. November 5th 1976, my sister and I were crossing a road, on a zebra crossing near

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

16th September 2003: Writing is weird, some more

The thing is, when you tell a story you already know, you’re not telling the same story. It’s like all the versions of fairy tales, they all have the same plot and the same characters but they are different stories.

Posted in Poor Relations, Writing

15th September 2003: Writing is weird

There’s something very weird about the act of actually telling a story. This is a lot more noticeable when you’re telling a story you know already, as opposed to making up a story. I’m stuck and conflicted on my Lifelode

Posted in Books, Poor Relations

18th August 2003: Poor Relations

Is there anything actually preventing one from writing Mansfield Park as a space opera? Well, I guess the physics. And not being able to read it while one was writing it. But think of being able to fix the end!

Posted in My Books, Poor Relations

1st August 2003: Sex, yes, gender, no.

I’m a woman. Furthermore, I’m about as heterosexual as people get, and I’m a mother. Also, I have long hair, like cooking, I’m married and I don’t earn as much as my husband. I sometimes wear jewelry and I like

Posted in Lifelode, Sulien World