Monthly Archives: April 2012

Empire of Dirt: Halfway there

I’m halfway through. It took an insane weekend of writing, to get from a third to halfway, but Empire of Dirt is now as near to 52,000 words as makes no difference. In order to get through, what with sudden … Continue reading

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Olympic advertising

Are you sick of the Olympics? I’m sick of the Olympics and there’s still a hundred days to go until they even start. But I’m sick of them. I really am. Now, let me get this straight. I’m not sick … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: I can has evocative verbs?

Very early on in the developmental stages of Empire I considered writing it entirely in LOLspeak. Imagine a post-apocalyptic world entirely populated by cats in search of a cheeseburger. Meanwhile, in the real world, nothing makes me more anxious than … Continue reading

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Time to Change: We won’t talk about “why”

I’m taking a day off. I’ve been working on Empire of Dirt solidly since last Friday. It’s ironic, isn’t it. I cheerfully say in a post that I struggle to work on weekdays because symptoms are worse, then go on … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: Epic “Can I see your first chapter?” nerves (or not)

Well, it’s happened. I knew it would, intellectually, but I put it to the back of my mind and focused on getting through the days, writing when I could and pretending it wasn’t real. Then came the moment. My mentor … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Cabin in the Woods (spoilerrific)

OK. I’ve never done this before. I’m making a vague attempt to keep what I write here focused on books and writing, but when I said I was going to see A Cabin in the Woods yesterday, somebody asked if … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: Man versus Technology

This is more of a general update post than anything else. First of all, I went ahead and pledged on Time to Change that I would write about “my experiences with mental health” so perhaps I should mention yesterday being … Continue reading

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Amnar: Reading Catching Fire and the problem with sequels

I’ve been reading The Hunger Games trilogy, in a bid to make sure I read the books before I see the films. I read the first book, saw the first film, and now I’m making my way through the sequels … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: A bit of a musical twist – where the title came from

I’m having a bit of an off day. Hence the cat of choice. However, I’m going to do my best to drag a blog post out of my brain, while I watch The Dark Crystal. I found out yesterday that … Continue reading

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Empire of Dirt: Survival dating and EA Games takes on the bigots

This might require revealing a little plot, but I’ll have to take that risk. I spotted an article this morning on the Graun about “survivalist dating“, a new phenomenon which is even spawning its own branch of literotica. It seems … Continue reading

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