Ain’t Dead Yet

I was reminded by a lighting designer that I met at Comiccon Portugal (which was, by the way, epicly awesome) that I’ve been a bit quiet for a while. His actual words were:  “I found your twitter account, but you hadn’t posted since November so I thought it might not be real.” Which in fairness… posting on twitter isn’t an accepted medical proof of life, even though I get where he’s coming from.  It is true that for a few months, I’ve been pretty out of it, and am probably going to continue to be out of things for a…

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Merry Christmas 2017!

Dear One and All, Have a lovely Christmas, and a great 2018.  I hope you all get some rest, a time to chill and a bright and shiny new year! And of course, always – more books! lotsa love, Cat/Kate/Claire (depending on who’s asking!)

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Neeewwwww Boooookkk Soooooon!!

And other deeply literary announcements. Here is a cover: Here is a blurb: Theo Miller knows the value of human life – to the very last penny.  Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. But when his ex-lover is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet.  Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up. And here’s hoping that people…

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Computer Games What I Play

I never really talk about this, because I associate playing games with Not Working, and to be Not Working is to be a Failure.  However, upon consideration… I work my backside off anywhere between 40-70 hours a week, exercise, study, read, learn and haven’t had a proper holiday for years, so yeah… damnit!  I damn well play computer games when I damn well can, and love it.  Take THAT my tangled up work ethic! Ahem. With which in mind, here are a few that stand out 1. My Youth. I first got into gaming with a few classics of the…

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I Want Warp Drive

I mean… who doesn’t want warp drive? Alas, this is not a conversation about Star Trek, although footnote: I’m really enjoying Discovery.  And I’m not even a Trekkie.  But given how much it’s lifted from Battlestar Galactica and the Expanse in terms of both vibe and values, I guess it makes sense that I’m cheering.  But I digress… No.  What I want is a Star Trek-esque future.  Albeit in which clothes have pockets. A future in which all of humanity has been united in a common ethical identity.  In which we zip around the cosmos in our fancy machines, and…

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World Fantasy Award 2017

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! And maybe also: WHHHHOOOOOOOOOO!!! Um… and also some very literary sounds. Yesterday the Sudden Appearance of Hope won the World Fantasy Award.  Owing to time differences, I found out about this around 9.40 p.m., and ran around the house going ‘whoooo’ for a while, and then went to bed, to wake up this morning still a bit boggled. Let me say: I did not expect to win.  I know this is fairly cliche, but it was hard not to look at the shortlist of really stonking books, and instantly be like ‘oh, ok then, basically that’. More cliche: to…

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