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Philosophy of Writing – 11 – Concentration

April 18, 2012 by


I used to sneak frozen orange syrup. My mother liked her juice watered-down, so the only reason I got in trouble was because I couldn’t open those paper cans without making everything sticky; they had to be thrown away. Frozen orange concentrate tastes like stars. I can’t eat more than a spoonful. I was worried […]

Philosophy of Writing – 10 – Wordcount

April 12, 2012 by


Most authors should cut. They embed tiny fragments of complex, fragrant chocolate into warm bread dough so sparsely they can barely be tasted–then draw a line through the points with a butter knife to emphasise their effort. Here! Look! Here are the good bits. I meticulously fashion a mask of silver thread and beaten gold, jewels […]

Philosophy of Writing – 9 – Depression

April 10, 2012 by


I’m not. I can’t. Really. Thank you for the lovely words. Thank you for the things you told me. They’re not true. You told me it’s beautiful. I don’t know how that happened. I worked hard, yes, I did, but you. You said it was beautiful. I can’t have done this thing I’ve already done, because that […]

Enchiladas Suizas Casserole – Genuine Retro Cookery (Vegetarian)

April 7, 2012 by


My grandmother moved with her kids to Mexico for part of their highschool years. She brought Mexican cookery back with her to 1950s America, which resulted in recipes like this one, because even just across the border, in Houston, she wasn’t able to get the ingredients she needed to make real Mexican food. So she […]

How to Edit Fiction – XIII – Createing Likable Characters!! (April Fools’ post)

April 1, 2012 by


This is an April Fools’ post. While most of the basic ideas are good (fill out your characters, write what you know) the April-Fools’-Day me is kind of dumb and doesn’t know what these sage bits of advice really mean. Please only read this post as satire! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I hope you like my gorgeous faeyrie. […]

Music and Writing – Six

April 1, 2012 by


Peaches: your characters are high on dangerous substances like sex & adrenaline. Peaches: every scene you write is angry.