Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2011«

Why Amazon’s Review System Needs to Change

March 31, 2011 by


A lot of lifeblood goes into the publishing of a book, from a lot of different people. I had no idea how many until recently. Well, okay, I had some idea, but it was a little overwhelming when — through various publishing blogs — I began to really conceptualise the sheer number of people who […]

Music and Writing – Three

March 29, 2011 by


This has expanded into a feature of the blog, I think. I listen to Lähtö when I want to write the cold and lonely places of the world.

Judging Quality

March 28, 2011 by


For those of you who wish to read more about my opinions on the Amanda Hocking and DexRaven conversation, I have more to say on the subject, but I’d like to discuss the idea of quality a bit first. at the start of things… across the stars far away from our own planet not just […]

Amanda Hocking & DexRaven – Part 1

March 27, 2011 by


Amanda Hocking is a wildly successful, industry-challenging e-book author. DexRaven is an unpublished writer. The online publishing community is so very small; there are a lot of blogs out there but only a few seem to have the right mixture of humour and expertise that appeals. A humming cloud of small-time and unpublished writers hovers […]

Good Morning – A Very Brief Personal Essay

March 24, 2011 by


After an all-night writing session, I am entitled to my coffee. I ponder the problem, early-rising cats frothing about my ankles. The grinder is empty and, gourmand that I am, I have only whole beans. Oh, but I can’t do it to them — they were so good and went to sleep at sensible times. […]

LoTR Films Play-By-Play Snark – Fellowship of the Ring

March 22, 2011 by


Probably best if you watch along with the blog, but even so, I feel that my words are meaningful without such fancy-dancy frippery as having two browser windows open at once. ANYWAY. Herewith, the snarking: Nice Celtic fonts for opening. Sorta shimmery. Ok, yeah, a little cheap-looking. Whatever. Ooh! Cate Blanchett, hello! Oh I remember […]

Flash Fiction – “Moira’s Bathroom”

March 13, 2011 by


I went into the lobby bathroom and there was this girl sitting under the sink. I said, “Hey, are you okay?” She nodded, so I went into a stall and sat down. But after I’d locked the door: “Hey, uh…do you think you could wait to take a shit until I’m gone?” “Lady,” I said, […]