Author Archives: joelyblack

MA: Going back to university

It’s been a very long time since I’ve blogged, so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m rather rusty. TL;DR: I am starting a Medieval Studies MA at the University of Manchester in September. I’ve spent the last five to … Continue reading

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I need a way to catalogue my books as I read them

I appreciate I’m coming to this late. I’ve been reading for about three decades and only now do I think of this. Well, not now. It’s been a problem that’s nagged on my mind for the last several months. I … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: Among Others – Jo Walton

Confession: I am a Book Essentialist. It’s a made-up term. I was trying to work out what it was made me read printed books and turn away from the iPad, and realised it was an essentialist thing. Essentialism involves imbuing … Continue reading

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Friday Reads: Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch

Let us begin with a story. Once upon a time, I experienced what it’s like to be at sea in a storm. Force nine gales, to be precise, in the Eastern Med. All evening, we’d had a to-do with the … Continue reading

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Favourite Book Discoveries of 2013

I could try to focus on books published in 2013, but I don’t think that’s a sensible, me thing to do. As with games yesterday, these are five books (or rather, authors) I really enjoyed reading this year. Yes, it’s … Continue reading

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Favourite Game Discoveries of 2013

It’s the end of the year and you have to do lists. I’m holding up two traditions at once, here. I have a horrible cold and I’m writing a list of Things About 2013. Multi-tasking, FTW. This isn’t a list … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

One of the stories about World Fantasy Con I meant to tell – but never did – was about how I went for lunch with Scott Lynch. Admittedly, once I inform you that there were also a lot of other … Continue reading

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Dark Souls Play Blog: The wall

Hunkered down behind a broken pillar, I was trying to kill the Darkroot Titanite Demon. It lives next door to Andrei the Giant, a curious pairing. Andrei had just told me to try not to die. I was doing my … Continue reading

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Five Empires: The unfortunate discovery of Amazon Serials, too late

This is annoying. Just yesterday, somebody tweeted about another Amazon format for authors wanting to publish through Kindle Direct. Somehow, through this I discovered that Kindle has set up a “Kindle Serials” thing. You can submit your serialised novel to … Continue reading

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Writing: How to handle rejection

It comes to us all in the end. I don’t think I’ve met anybody in the writing world who hasn’t had their work rejected at some point. When I was submitting work as a teenager, I had to endure lectures … Continue reading

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