How to spring-clean your ideas (or why data storage is your Horcrux)

So, it’s nearly March. I assume everyone in the country has MarieKondoed their entire house and now only owns two pairs of pants and a poncho? Yes, good. There is something rather intoxicating about throwing things away. I’m impatient, so I did the process in three weeks instead of the six months she advises (I have…

Why a book is like a loaf of bread

I accidentally used this metaphor while speaking to a student the other day, and the more I think about it, the more it holds true. When you make bread, something miraculous happens. A bowl of lumpy gloop is transmuted into an entirely different thing- different state, different matter, different texture and taste and smell. When you…

How to just keep going, and going

It’s now November 13th – how are all you NaNoWriMo-ers getting on? (That’s National Novel-Writing Month to those not in the know, which happens to be NOW). I have 15,000 words, which is not up to NaNo standards but ahead of my own target of 1,000 a day, and I’m pretty happy with it. Already…

A lighthouse in a storm

All about the research stage, and the weird stuff I’m obsessed with for my new book. Includes lead poisoning.