Monthly Archives: October 2010

Climbing the mountain of doom with the crampons of hope

Often I imagine what kind of things I’ll do if I scale the Everest that is a career in writing today. Apart from taking baths in champagne, shooting pheasants (and possibly peasants) on my country estate, etc. One thing I … Continue reading

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Papercuts by lamplight

This post is an attempt to explain to myself more than anyone else why I sat up till 2 am last night when I was already tired. I’ve always been a sucker for books that draw you in. I remember … Continue reading

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Take That and Publish

I’ve been editing a lot recently. (The ‘cut 50 words off every page so I don’t have to think about what sections I don’t need’ approach is working really well – down to 100,000. Done!) Usually editing is so painful … Continue reading

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The millionaires, the thief, the nice man, and his dog

I had an interesting experience last night, when I was attending a fundraising dinner. Despite the fact I was probably one of the least wealthy people in the room, some useless thief decided my bag was indeed the one to … Continue reading

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Why exactly pains, trains, and inkstains

I wanted to start this blog to chronicle my attempts to do something stupid, hard, and emotionally ruinous. No, not auditioning for X factor or climbing Mt Everest (except metaphorically). In fact, after something like twenty years of scribbling, I’m … Continue reading

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