Letting Go

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I write this while on the tail end of a stinking cold, so apologies if at any point it vanishes off into delirious paracetamol land…. I am broadly and thinly educated.  I know, for example, exactly enough about computers to be able to diagnose for my partner exactly what the nature of the problem is as he attempts to convert a .cvs file into a spreadsheet, but can I solve it?  HELL NO.  I can read 3% of the Chinese texts at the British Museum.  I can tell you that the Korean alphabet was custom-created for its purpose, that Amharic …

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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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Artsy Fartsy

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I was down a pub a few weeks ago, listening to a couple of people explain how art works. Or maybe that should be… How Art Works. “Well I want to be a musician, that’s what I really want.  I work as a corporate lawyer by day, but I really do feel that I have a lot to say with my music….” “I’m writing a novel, it’s about the nature of the universe, it’s high-concept dystopian YA….” “… but the thing is, well, I can’t get the sales.  I was talking with a producer, like, a really big guy, really …

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Turning Seasons

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My uncle, who is at the best of times proudly cantankerous, declared at Christmas: “I hate summer.  The light’s just bright and boring.  Give me winter light, far more interesting.” Did I mention he’s cantankerous?  In my mind I heard courteous silence and from my mouth, obviously, came a rant. “But uncle,” I exclaimed, bastion of restrained tact as I am, “That’s just nonsense.  Summer light changes as much as winter light does.  It can be a hot pink sunrise or a bright golden splat of light across the horizon.  It can be sky-blue brilliance that brightens to white, or …

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2016 Thus Far

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A random update on random things. 2016 is hopefully gonna be a busy year.  It’s a year in which one book is published and, touch wood, two are delivered to my publisher.  (Book 1 of this bundle is in, hurrah!)  It’s also a year in which I want to really nail a few things on the lighting side of the business, as quite simply, it’s been a long hard 2015 and I’d like to put a bit of legwork in to see if 2016/17 can be that fluffy dream of better paid and artistically rewarding.  Fingers crossed. So far, therefore, …

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The Sudden Appearance of Hope

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Guys guys guys guys I wrote a book!! Um.  Yes.  Well.  Specifically I wrote this book…. It’s about a lass called, surprisingly, Hope.  She’s got a wee problem – no one can remember her.  She can do stuff, go places, chat to strangers and interact with the world, but the second people turn their backs on her they begin to forget that she was ever there.  Naturally this makes certain aspects of her life – work, friendship, family, love – kinda tricky.  On the plus side she is a consummate thief. Without wanting to spoil too much, Stuff Happens.  While …

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