Adventures in…. Estonia

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Why is whenever anyone asks me to go traveling I automatically assume it’s some terrible mistake?  Why, for example, would anyone invite me to go to Estonia?  It seems like madness…. … as it turns out, the madness of awesome. In May 2016 I went to the Headread Festival in Tallinn.  As prep I did the following:  Bought some Euros Renewed my European Health Insurance Card Read about the history of Estonia (800 years of various occupying powers; brief flourishes of independence in the early 20th century; more occupation; liberation in 1990 and twenty five years of cultural and economic …

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Strong Women!

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Many writers of fantasy/SF identify as feminist.  This is a Good Thing – by adopting the label and wearing it with pride, there is an inherent acknowledgment that genders are equal with each other.  That’s all it is – a simple thing.  Men are equal to women who are equal to men.  This is empowering for everyone, and I am delighted by how many people seem to get this, and grateful to all the writers who go out of their way to celebrate the equality of peoples by writing… well… people.  People who are male.  People who are female.  And …

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Some Writery Answers

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I don’t write about writing much on this blog.  This is for two reasons.  1.  Like most people everywhere, I find talking about my job dull.  I love writing, but sitting down and saying that at 8.30 a.m. I go to a keyboard and then I scribble a bit and then I stop and think about it and then scribble a bit more… well, there’s a reason I’m a fiction writer.  It’s just so much more fun than reality.  2.  I have a deep-seated fear of becoming a writer who writes books about how hard it is to write a …

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Sudden Appearance of Hope Published Today!

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Whoopee and whoop whoop!  The Sudden Appearance of Hope is published!  Let there be much eating of cake and making merry! For those who haven’t seen, it’s the story of Hope Arden, a woman who no one can ever remember meeting.  Stuck with this tricky little problem, she has no friends, no family and no home, but thankfully can be a fantastic thief.  Being a thief usually gets her by – nothing more, nothing less – until a crime spirals out of control, and she finds herself caught up in a fight for something much bigger than being remembered. Fingers …

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In Praise of…. This Changes Everything

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I don’t often do book reviews on this blog, perhaps because as someone who is occasionally reviewed I assume that everyone else in the scribbling business, like me, wants to avoid reading them.  (This is what is known as Very Very Wrong Thinking.) However, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein is both good enough and perhaps important enough to merit a bit of conversation.  It’s not a barrel of laughs; a book about the entanglement between environmentalism and capitalism, it’s never gonna make your heart soar with incandescent joy. That said, its greatest strength is perhaps not the clarity with …

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