The Impossible Woman

We have a very excited boy in the house. A Doctor with a Scottish accent. HP is claiming that it’s because the world is looking at Scotland right now…Commonwealth Games, Referendum, blah, blah, blah. I say it’s because Capaldi can’t do anything other than his own accent. HP is having none of it.

He’s been calling me the ‘Impossible Girl’ all week in preparation, and now I things are just going to get worse. Although, I am insisting that he drop the ‘Girl’. I am the Impossible Woman.

Go Fund Her

Go Fund HerThere’s this writer who is amazing and a great friend and a steller person. And I met her through this blog, and when I was lazing about the US a few years ago, she put me up and entertained me and never once said ‘Go home back to Britain you mentalist, don’t you have better things to do?’

She’s trying to scrape together some money to do a writing retreat. So give her money. It’s that simple. Just do it.

Oh, click here for her GoFundMe page. And, well, go fund her.

I Hate Weddings

I’ve been winging about my schedule, right? Well, it just got crazier.

I was supposed to go to the States the first weekend in September for R and RGirl’s wedding. But, there’s been loads of drama about them getting married, like typical wedding stuff…her family wanted pink flowers and his family wanted the wedding in the UK because he has some relatives that can’t go to the US because they’ve already had their holidays for the year and they all went to Malta or something and why couldn’t the wedding have been in Malta, and R and RGirl only decided on a date like a month ago, because they’re normal and don’t see the point in spending three years planning a wedding, and so because of the nearing date both sides of the family have erupted into all kinds of bickering. So, they said ‘fuck it’ and went got married without them. Like yesterday. Continue reading

My Mad Schedule

Just got some interesting additions to my calender.

Paris was supposed to go to the Frankfurt Book Fair and I would go to the World Publishing Expo. The Frankfurt Book Fair is much more our thing, as the World Publishing Expo is more newsy. However, as we’re dealing with more and more non-fiction titles and beginning to dable in representing authors who work in cross-platform media, we thought that this year we should go to both. However, Paris now can’t make it as her husband is away and there is no one to watch their daughter (the au pair has asked off for that week, and evidently some sort of nanny style drama is ensuing). Oh yeah, it has been a long time since I’ve blogged reguarly, so you don’t know about Paris. Paris met a guy in France and married him, and he has a daughter who lives with him, and now Paris is suddenly a mum. But the girl is super cute, and Paris’ husband is so hunky. He’s Swiss but has dark hair. Sexy and mysterious. Continue reading

Best time to submit

posting a letterAugust for anyone is the arts is a busy month, but for those of us in Scotland it’s bedlam. Book Festival, International Festival, Film Festival, and, of course The Fringe and all the Fringe related activities, including (but not limited to) the Whiskey Fringe. Yeah, you heard me right. The Whiskey Fringe. And yes, I like Whiskey now. It’s taken a while, but I’m all over that brown alcohol. Wait. That makes me sound like an alchy. Which I certainly am not. Anyway, rambling… Continue reading

“Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks.”


Couldn’t agree more. Leave the tricks to the magicians. Okay, that was a bit hokey in itself. But clean writing, a strong story, and engaging characters doesn’t need gimmicks.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

If you write for an audience — be it millions of strangers or your mom — you inevitably think about how your words appear to others. Very often, this self-consciousness results in overstuffed prose and too-clever storytelling. Here to remind us of the virtue of simplicity in writing is Raymond Carver, a master of narrative and linguistic economy:

“I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for cover. Tricks are ultimately boring, and I get bored easily, which may go along with my not having much of an attention span. But extremely clever chi-chi writing, or just plain tomfoolery writing, puts me to sleep. Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer…

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Getting on the top selling list with Amazon

Quite interesting stats on how much you have to sell to get into the top Amazon rankings. All put together by Kathy Temean. Check it out.