Annoying things, no.1

Annoying things: looking at an inoffensive little scene that gives an outsider’s view on your heroine and her views and has some nice description in it, and realising that the reader already knows about the heroine’s outlook on life by now and that there was a snippet of physical description of her only a couple […]

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Well, things are progressing. The first book has been wrangled into Lulu’s 6 x 9 Word template, and I’m working on the second one now. Hopefully the conversion to PDF won’t make all the formatting go wrong, or there will be wailing and also gnashing of teeth.

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Get ahead! Get a horse.

Things I never expected to find whilst searching stock photo archives for possible cover photos: A series of photos of cyborg girls kissing cyborg horses. Whatever the book is that that would make a good cover for, I think I’m fairly safe in saying that I haven’t written it. I’ve had a look at some […]

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The ancestry of a novel

Novels, like people, have ancestors. Of course, they have ancestors in the ‘I would not be writing these precise books if I hadn’t read Pern and Darkover and the Vorkosiverse and Georgette Heyer’ sense, but I don’t quite mean that. I mean that anything from the sight of a stranger walking down the street to […]

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Look at us, we’re cover plus

A friend of a friend has kindly offered to design covers for me, which is a weight off my mind, as my design training pretty much ended when I gave up technical drawing at sixteen. I’ve spent the afternoon happily fossicking about on looking for inspiration for cover images, and am amused to have […]

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