Category Archives: Writing about writing

Questions for your Utopia

In the June edition of Doctor Who Magazine (available in May in UK, I assume because overseas sales or something?), there is an interview with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the writer of episode “Smile” (the one with the emojibots and Vardy nanobots). … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Deep Space 9 – a Queer allegory? [SPOILERS]

[SPOILERS for Star Trek: Deep Space 9] As I hinted in my past post, I have recently watched through the boxset of Star Trek: Deep Space 9. This was a very happy experience, because I loved that series when it … Continue reading

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Endings and resolutions [SPOILER ALERTS]

[SPOILERS for Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Fallout 3/New Vegas, thriller novel “The Ragdoll”, Quantum Leap, Hitman 2, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who: Survival (original series)] I’ve been thinking about endings recently – fictional ones, that is, rather than … Continue reading

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Scheduling and other fun things

I have over the past few weeks been struggling to fit everything in (as the actress said to the bishop) so this weekend I made a list of all the things that I want or need to get done in … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Spycatcher, by Peter Wright

A few weeks ago, I found a copy of Spycatcher in a charity shop, and decided I should have a read. Spycatcher, “The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer”, is one of those things that I remember from my … Continue reading

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The outtakes where characters reveal themselves

I feel like I haven’t written much about my writing recently. Right now, I am working on scraping together the details for my next story, which is a sci-fi detective adventure. That means it’s going to involve a lot more … Continue reading

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And the next phase is: feedback

So, I’m finished even sooner than I thought. Today, I went and bought ink and paper, and for the first time printed off the whole story, turning the novel from an idea into something physical, tangible, and real-feeling. This was … Continue reading

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The excitement of seeing the finish line (writing)

The past couple of weeks, I have been racing through the rewrite/2nd draft of my novel. I feel confident that by the end of this month, or possibly the first week of next month, it will be complete and ready … Continue reading

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The value of a story’s point of view (is he bad or just wrong?)

Content Note: discussion of fictional abusive behaviour Just a quick thought while it’s on my mind. In my second draft, I’m getting into the part of my novel where the wheels really fall off and really bad things start happening … Continue reading

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Tasks, Resolutions and Storytelling

Every so often you’ll hear someone mention as a part of their field of interest a concept that sounds immensely familiar, not from their field, but from something only loosely related. On Saturday, ruralrover @ The Counselling Blog used a … Continue reading

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