In Praise of…. Spirited Away


I cry.  Every time.  I just do.  Sorry.  It takes a lot to make me cry; traditionally my only three triggers are the lunar landings (because: man on the moon!), the fall of the Berlin Wall (seriously!!) and, yes, the Lion King. But Spirited Away makes me cry too.  In …

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Paperback day hurrah!!

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So, the First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is published in paperback today, and for UK readers I’m thrilled to report that it’s a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick!  This is what counts as Very Awesome and Cool.  If you follow the link above you’ll also find a podcast interview …

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Shiny Shiny New New


I have a shiny new blog!  Well, no, it’s still THIS blog, but we (rather, the amazing Felice at Orbit) have been playing around with the layout and that to make it shinier.  There’s now a whole twitter widget thing if you want to follow me without actually committing tweets, …

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No Time Wasters Please


Before I begin, let me say: I have worked on dozens of shows with amazing and wonderful people.  The thought process that follows describes rare, bad moments.  Alas, however, the bad moments are always more interesting than the good ones, so with that caveat in mind, now Read On… Sometimes …

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What Is Normal?

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It was a question that first popped into my head while writing Touch.  The narrator, Kepler, jumps from body to body, never accessing the body’s memories as it does so, and on arrival will frequently complain.  ‘This guy is short-sighed but doesn’t have spectacles; she’s got flat feet but doesn’t …

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Re-learning the piano


I used to play the piano at school.  Or rather… when I was very very mini I bullied my parents into letting me learn piano, and they agreed, and for a few years I slogged through the exams but didn’t really practice very much unless I liked the piece until …

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