Archive for November, 2011

don’t you want me, baby?

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Everyone wants to be loved. Everybody wants acceptance. Everybody wants to succeed. But if you are a writer, these three things – love, acceptance, and success – may at times be in very short supply.
Rejection, on the other hand, appears to be drawn from an inexhaustible well, one that keeps right on giving throughout [...]

and how does that make you feel?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Of all the books people have raved to me about recently, the only one I really enjoyed was The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. What a great book that is! I like it a lot. A few years ago I wote a story called ‘Fucking Narnia’ that was pretty much based on the same idea, of [...]

not the daily george

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Folks, I am reconsidering this whole blogathon thing. I am really struggling to find writing time at the moment, and I am way way way behind on critting and editing and subbing stories. I think a daily blog is just too ambitious for me right now, so I’ve decided to reel it in a bit.

what I’ve been up to

Monday, November 14th, 2011

My ‘to do’ list is getting scarily long. On it are the names of several people to whom I owe a letter or a phone call or a visit, or all three. If you are one of those people, I’m sorry for being so out of touch. I still love you, even if I don’t [...]

scrivenings

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

I started using Scrivener a couple of days ago.  It is pretty impressive! By the end of this morning I had managed to create a full scene outline of my novel, import everything I’d already written, and start making a synopsis. It makes it easy to structure your work, because you can split it into [...]

1Q84 (contains spoilers)

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Finished it last night. And as I put the book down for the final time, my words were, ‘What a load of rubbish.’

the fridayness of things

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Bonjour! C’est la fin de semaine and that’s about all the French I can manage at this time on a Friday afternoon.
Managed to work out the voice recorder on my phone, and dictated notes and thoughts as I walked to work. Quite a lot of useless ramblings but now at least I can listen [...]

we have the technology

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Remind me again why I wanted to be The Daily George? The last couple of days have been crazy hectic, and my head is full of all sorts of stuff, most of which is not really bloggable. Blogging every day is great fun, but I may have to reel it in after December. Twice a [...]

Yikes!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Just realised I hadn’t blogged today! Am fixing that right now. Time has just got away from me – was teaching this morning, then spent three hours planning lessons and another two hours catching up on other paperwork, and now I am hungry and I still have to do at least an hour of proper [...]

progress

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman with one novel on the go is always hankering after another. I honestly think that the best way to guarantee a steady flow of exciting new ideas is always to be working on something that keeps you away from writing anything new.
That notwithstanding, this morning [...]