Your Body Is Worth Everything!!!

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Is anyone else really enjoying the commercialisation of individual value at the moment?  It’s beautiful.  It’s awesome.  It’s… … a wee bit insidious, in it’s way.  In it’s affable sorta way. Take, for example, the recent trends in ads by companies like Boots the Pharmacy, Dove (soaps and shampoos) and various fashion outlets including Selfridges and M&S, those bastions of women-who-wear-navy-blue-with-style.  After years of trying to sell anorexia to women; after years of explaining that sexual satisfaction only came with a certain kind of face cream and by wearing magic knickers that transformed your backside into a carved bit of …

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So 2016

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I’ve been thinking about grief. On the morning the UK voted to leave Brexit, I woke up, checked the news, and started swearing.  For three days, I lost time, felt distracted, unable to concentrate or work, emotional and drained. On the night of the US Presidential Election, I went to bed nervous, woke at 2 a.m., and couldn’t stop myself.  I had to know how it was going.  I turned on the news, and there was the beginning of the end, in full swing, as state after state turned red, and the US elected the single most corrupt, bigoted, misogynist, …

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WE ARE WARRIOR raaaarrrrggghhhh!!

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“After feigning my death, I went into the mountains and there, the things I had valued before fell away from me, and I found enlightenment.” So sayeth the mighty warrior as he gazed into the eyes of the woman who he’d feigned his death for in order to liberate her to be free to marry the man she actually wanted to marry despite the fact they never did get married because the Iron Way did not permit love, not while duty was… Anyway.  A few scenes later, having flown through the air and acrobatically fought in the name of justice …

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Comicon 2016

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World!  I’m gonna be at London Comicon 2016 on Sunday 30th, talking about books and signing books and generally mouching!  Come say hello!! Here ends this public service announcement.

The Best Rejections

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 The Chinese Rejection.  “Dear X, thank you for your submitted novel.  I read it in a fugue, tears pouring down my face with every word.  I can honestly say that your text stunned me, sometimes to the point of just rocking where I sat, crying out in mute, hollow despair.  It is absolutely magnificent, it is, indeed, so magnificent that I am now forced to admit that yay, though my publishing house should flourish for 10,000 years… though my competitors should wither away, though indeed I and only I were to receive the Nobel Prize for Services to Awesome, still… …

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