Monthly Archives: October 2010

Amnar Serial: 2.3. You’re Being Very Tempting

The Servants’ Hall, Nas Ashca Lower Complex Ashmuta 12, 4765 Dawn had not yet reached the Nas Ashca. Pale light crept through the windows of Arandes’ room, where Maali sat cross-legged at Arandes’ back, carefully dabbing blood out of his … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 2.2: Arandes Called Me Back

Bas Affa Salt Flats, State of Rad Ruinn Ashmuta 12, 4765 Imagine, if you will, a desert. A long way from the core of civilisation, or at least cut off from most other places by a vast ocean, and by … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 2.1. It’s A Raid

Ashmuta 12, 4765 The Holy Quarter, The High City, State of Amin Duum It was hot in the night, almost as hot as the day. Sweat trickled down the walls of the bedroom and behind them, there was the constant … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 54. We Are Virtually Defenseless

The young Zurasim stood in front of the High Ashad Alix’s desk and watched the ancient Capillite rub his eyes, fending off drowsiness to concentrate on what he had to say. “Could you start again, from the top?” the High … Continue reading

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Anxiety and the Author II: The drama of being “a writer”

Earlier this week, I wrote a post talking about how anxiety and insecurity have affected my life as a writer. I thought it might be worth following up with a few thoughts on identity and “being a writer”, and how … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 53. You Can’t Stop Me

The blast radiated outward, knocking Maali back into Sjaadan and hurling glass and furniture into the walls. What remained of the doors swung back out into the corridor and groaned loudly. Arandes himself was picked up off his feet and … Continue reading

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Anxiety and the Author: Dealing with Fear

In the last few days, I’ve had a lot of conversations with authors and writers, all saying the same kind of thing. They might be great writers, have produced a lot of work, but they’re terrified of promoting it, even … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 52. You’re Going To Die

“You don’t look too well,” Arandes remarked. “You sure you can handle all of that?” Maali, now the only conscious witness to this confrontation, slid with her back against the wall until she was out of Arist’s reach. The Capillai-nisi … Continue reading

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The Impostor: Adventures in Structure

Last night was my birthday. We held a party at a friend’s restaurant, complete with infinite dim sum and a lot of birthday cards. On the last card, I carefully slipped open the packet and held up the prize. Everybody … Continue reading

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Amnar Serial: 51. I’m Just Like You Now

Arist took a few more steps into the banqueting hall, the light around her casting strange shadows onto the walls and ceiling. The warriors who had survived the blast from the doors scrambled back out of her way; they knew … Continue reading

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