Urban Magic 3

So, I haven’t even really got going in talking about Urban Magic 2 – the Midnight Mayor – but feel that, since this is my blog and it is related to all things Urban Magicy, I would share the happy and joyous news that the contract to write Urban Magic 3, is currently sitting on the end of my bed!  I’m not entirely sure what the publication date would be – my publisher may or may not be thrilled to know that the writing is already well underway and they’ll probably receive the manuscript in the next few months… – …

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Henry Mayhew

So, when not writing the adventures of Matthew Swift as Kate Griffin, I write children’s books – the adventures of Horatio Lyle – as Catherine Webb.  (Which you may or may not enjoy, I dunno…?)  These are stories set in Victorian London about a part-time detective and his unlikely mates, but the real point of this entry, apart from to say all of the above, is to talk about Henry Mayhew. With my historian’s nerdy hat on, I gotta say right now, I love primary sources.  It’s all very well being told by historians of today that in the dark …

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What Makes a Good…?

I have been sat for the last few days in various team-building classes designed to make me and my colleagues better techies.  And while all have been fun, and some have been very productive, I have kinda left them feeling a tad ambivalent.  A good techie, we have been told, is patient, communicates calmly and clearly, is organised, is understanding, always says ‘yes’ and never ‘no’, seeks to find the best way to achieve a thing, and, when it can’t be achieved, to find a suitable alternative that will be acceptable to all parties, listens to their team, apologises for …

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Production Electrician

So, I’ve been given my next job at RADA for the glorious new term – Production Electrician, also known as Prod LX.  Which is, lets face it, kinda cool, because I really, really like lights.  I even have time for hazers when they’re not leaking.  (There is nothing quite as icky as a leaky hazer.  The stuff just gets everywhere and a small forest worth of kitchen roll has to die before you’re even close to cleaning it up.  The smelly pink slime that is badly mixed artex has nothing on hazer fluid for sheer urgh value.) Technically, I’ve had …

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Traffic Wardens

Is there any creature more universally loathed in the mythology of all big cities than a traffic warden?  I kinda doubt it.  On the moving-in and moving-out days at my first hall of residence, the traffic wardens of Islington seemed to have some magical power that led them to zoom in without fail, dozens at a time, to penalize every single car that dared to park in front of the hall to drop off their kids.  Families that had driven hundreds of miles to deliver their kids to their first day of university found themselves variously ticketed, clamped, and towed, …

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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker – a film that I did not see with my Dad!  Did not see with Dad because it’s neither science fiction nor appropriately silly, nor, in fact, to be perfectly honest, my cup of tea.  What it is is an utterly captivating, terrifying, gut-wrenching, violent, blood-soaked, testosterone-fuelled war movie that I only recommend to those who have a teddy bear and a cup of hot chocolate to go home to after.  But I do recommend it.  9/11 was a monumentally brutal act of murder that has inspired monumental brutal acts of retaliation that have inspired more murder …

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