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    Procrastination: Things I do to avoid writing #1

    What I tell my wife – “I’m plot-planning” or “I’m doing some characterisation”What I’m actually doing – hitting the Seventh Sanctum site and other random generators, generating names for taverns, pirate ships and magical artifacts. Actually, there are some really cool generators on there that have turned out some great things I’ve modified to fit some of my plots and characters. It’s so easy to lose time randomly generating names and things, and also great fun. Try it for yourself – but only when you have time to procrastinate. I went one whole step better today in my procrastination, and made my own manual random generator. I printed out a whole bunch of…

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    Bad Book, Good Book. How readers have the power to keep good writers writing.

    Bad books – we’ve all read them. We’ve all complained about them – especially the bit about having spent good money on something that turned out to be crap. But how to avoid them? Sorry to say, but it’s almost impossible. Bad books are going to be out there no matter whether they’re self-published, or manage find their way through the gatekeepers of Big Publishing. The reason for that is that bad books are subjective. What I think is total and utter crap, someone else might think is the best thing since sliced bread. From a writer’s perspective, reading bad books can be just as good as reading good books. Good books…

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    Writing in Chaos

    While I’m in the mood to “come out” I may as well admit that I am a “desk slob”. You would think that writing would not necessarily be a messy hobby, but I beg to differ. Even my bosses at work are telling me to clean up my desk when I have down time – in one ear and out the other though as they say. I have a couple of in-trays that seem to catch the majority of my paperwork. Just the other day I went through them looking for something and I discovered paperwork in there from when I started my job. At the end of every day,…

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    I’m Coming Out

    My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago. She was my last surviving grandparent, which made her extremely important and special in my life. It also makes her passing extremely hard to come to grips with. Sometimes I feel an overwhelming sense of guilt at the things I didn’t get to share with her, and the memories we will never get to make because I lived so far away from her. But when I think back over her life and the time I was lucky enough to have with her (35 years of memories), I realise if there’s one thing she taught me, it’s that life is far too short…