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Novel Excerpt: To walk in perilous paths

August 28, 2018

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0. Overedge Memory is flawed and reality is rotten; through the holes in one we forget the other—but even when a person’s ability to remember is so broken their experiences are a river of shattered glass, reality will seep in like black mould through plaster: a cloud of insidious cilia, spreading, exuding tainting spores. I […]

Food Diary of the Damned

December 22, 2017

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[TW: food, diets] I wrote this a few months back in an attempt to make light of dieting in general. I based it around what I actually ate that day. I was on a “dieting can’t be that difficult” kick. Honestly, in my lived experience the only time I lose weight is because I’m paying […]

Tá me Sínte ar do Thuama

June 19, 2016

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I’ve let this blog go in recent months. It was more exciting to update when I was doing more than staring at pages that come together more slowly, it feels, than glaciers. I am writing, I am doing something, but it’s all at my desk. I’ve come to a lull in my career — I hope only until […]

Some People are Black Holes

December 11, 2015

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I. A black hole is a term I’ve begun to use for a person with gravity–not the Anglocised gravitas [solemnity], closer to a Latin ‘gravity’, also gravitas [presence]–I’m twisting terms, and here I mean something closer to charisma; this gravity belongs to people who make other people reflexively orbit them. No human black hole is perfect and there will be spectators: “I don’t […]

Philosophy of Writing – 22 – Drought

August 1, 2015

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Constantly, like an event of weather or a movement of the stars, I will open a screen like this and tell myself that the blog hasn’t been written in for a long time and there’s no way to keep it alive, even though I love it, without posting. I can preen the links and pick the […]

Speculative Microfiction

April 2, 2015

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Under the leaves the Beast waits singing Oh Joy to the Blood to the Keening the Pain Under the Rain the Feast waits gleaming, lost in the Forest preening dirt from his breathing Beast cleans the Feast from her Teeth red with bleeding, waits near the Nest she saw fall from the Stars ‘Til somewhere […]

Argumentational Modality: Wherein Sea Lions Make Intellectually Invalid Arguments

March 20, 2015

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Those of us trained in the philosophical definitions of a valid argument will recognise that for an argument to be considered deductively valid it must meet certain conditions: its premisses must be either proven true by deductive argument or must be proved axiomatic, thereby producing a true conclusion. (In all my writing I use “premiss” […]