Yesterday I went to see my friends in Franceses for lunch. On the way there I decided that if other people can give names to their cars, I can have a pet name for my laptop. So it’s called Tiddles. Because she’s aboutt he temperature and weight of a cat on my knees, and the vibrates slightly as though she’s purring. And yes, Tiddles came to Franceses, too. (So what…

August 14, 2009

A new toy

Yippee! I’ve spent some of my money from translation on a new mini-laptop. I’m not sure it’s big enough to be allowed out on its own at 25 x16x3 cm / 10″x6″x1″ It’s small enough to fit in a big handbag (a purse on the other side of the pond). It’ll take me a while to get used to it, but I’m hoping it’ll boost my productivity. Certainly it’ll be…

August 12, 2009

Great News

…and we interrupt our regular programming to bring you a news flash. BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) preliminary 2008 award nominations for non-fiction includes: “How to Burn a Chicken – Using Astronomy for Worldbuilding” by Sheila Crosby (in Escape Velocity, vol 1 issue 2) I haven’t been able to confirm this yet, but the unconfirmed report made my day.

January 13, 2009

Another Sale!

Escape Velocity have bought “The Dodo Dragon” for Issue three. This story’s been published before, (once in Greek!) but it still makes me feel good all over. And the novel’s up to 80,771 words, which also makes me feel good. But I don’t think I’m going to finish the first draft by the end of the month after all. Which is a puity, because I’m starting a writing course in…

February 27, 2008

60,000 reasons to celebrate

October 15, 2007

Yay! I wrote 50,000 words of a novel in November 2004, and one way and another, it got stuck there. By March 2005 it was still only 54,500, and I stopped again. Well since late September I’ve been trying to write every day, and I’ve usually manged 200 words or so. At the weekend I finally reached 60,000 words. There’s still a long way to go, but at least it’s…