Book Review: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

January 17, 2015
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ishiguro writes literary fiction layered heavily over a solid sci-fi plot that shines through only faintly–which is why he’s such a literary darling, and one of my favourite authors. “Never Let Me Go” captured my childhood exactly: I went to a British […]

Livetweeting Dinosaur Erotica, Collected

December 14, 2014
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That time I read dinosaur erotica and tweeted a lot about it. Dinosaurs, cocks, and clogs!

How I Got My Agent

October 15, 2014
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If this blog were a kitten, I’d be the worst person on earth. I haven’t fed it in months. God, what a horrible mental image. Wipe it from your brain! (thusly:) Things have happened: I’m represented by the superlative Melissa Nasson at Rubin Pfeffer Content now, so I’ve been squeezing as much writing out of my […]

Review: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

May 22, 2014
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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright My rating: 4 of 5 stars The most valuable thing about this book is the care with which it was sourced: the Church of Scientology has no grounds upon which to base a lawsuit against the author or publisher. Given the litigious leanings […]

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Vanilla Custard with Strawberries, Lemon & Lavender

November 27, 2013
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Ingredients – 2 servings Adjust sugar to taste. I cooked this without measuring anything. 4 egg yolks 1 cup whole milk 1/2 vanilla bean juice of 2 lemons dried lavender flowers 1/4 & 1/3 cups sugar 2/3 cup fresh strawberries, sliced Mix 1/4 cup sugar, lavender, and lemon juice in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until […]

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Philosophy of Writing – 21 – The Worst Kind of Feedback

September 16, 2013
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I don’t ask for constructive criticism; I ask for honesty. It’s my prerogative and responsibility to sort the useful feedback from the rest. A bit of advice: if you expect a specific type of return, you’ll be disappointed. But there’s feedback that makes me utterly wretched, you too — when it skips over useful and […]

Lamb and Lentil Vegetable Stew

September 11, 2013
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My friend has been on the cabbage soup diet for a while. I liked the idea of homemade vegetable stew, but am not keen on very low calorie diets, so I made this up. The particular vegetables are what I used, but this is one of those recipes where you add what you have in […]

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