12 Books in 12 Months

writing books and blogging about it


The Edinburgh Reporter

Q and A

Q. How is the editing of the 12 books thing going?

A. … Slowly.

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28 Drawings Later – Days 23 and 24

It’s been a busy couple of days (mainly with editing, although I did also get to go to the Scottish Children’s Book Awards yesterday – more on that in my article on The Edinburgh Reporter) so I’ve done a couple of mixed media doohickies.

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Questions are never indiscreet (answers sometimes are…)

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This morning I got up early (for a Saturday), inhaled my wheat biscuit shaped breakfast cereal, made a cup of tea, and headed for my computer to answer questions about 12 books in 12 months from the people of the internet.  (And various friends and family who had agreed to submit questions based on several days of plaintive nagging).

I ended up doing this for about two and a half hours, and as well as answering questions I stuck up some never before seen (not even here on the blog) snippets from June, July, August and September’s books.  After all, it’s only good manners to offer news sources an exclusive when they offer to interview you.

And do you want to know what the best part is?

If you were busy (there were plenty of excuses – people I know were variously working, watching the rugby, asleep in bed, away on a psychology field trip for uni, attending the West Port Book festival, and paint-balling at a stag do in Wales) YOU CAN RELIVE THE WHOLE MAGICAL EXPERIENCE.  It’s right here on The Edinburgh Reporter website, and later on today the text will even rearrange itself in chronological order.

Isn’t technology marvellous.

One thing that came out of the session was further confirmation of something a lot of people have said in the comments here and via Twitter; that I should definitely switch November and December’s genres.  This will mean I can do NaNoWriMo this year without having to become Alan Moore (something that’d take years of work, and anyway he doesn’t do his own drawings).  The only question now is, what can I write about in a literary fashion?  I’ve a feeling I’ll be blogging about that in the next few days…

Live 12 Books Q&A

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Ever wanted to ask me a question about what it’s like to write 12 books in 12 months?

Maybe you want to know how much planning it takes, what music I listen to when writing, or my WPM?  Perhaps you want to read an excerpt, or find out what I plan to do after the 31st of December when the whole thing is over?

Well now you can, in a live Q&A session with The Edinburgh Reporter.  Assuming you have access to the internet, which you must do or you wouldn’t be reading this.

I’ll be online responding to your questions and comments tomorrow (Saturday October 15) from 10am – 11am.  To join in, all you need to do is go to the Edinburgh Reporter website and click on the link to the liveblog event.

If you want to be involved but can’t make that time, you can submit a question by email to, or on twitter using the hashtag #askaligeorge.

So that’s tomorrow, Saturday October 15, 10am – or at least that’s the time it will be here in Edinburgh.

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To NaNoWriMo, Or Not To NaNoWriMo

It has been brought to my attention I’ve been casually mentioning NaNoWriMo all over the place for most of the year, but some readers might not have the faintest idea what I’m referring to.  Read on for an explanation.

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Society of Authors Conference

Today the Society of Authors are holding a conference in Edinburgh. I am not at it, but have been following the live tweets from Colin Fraser of Anon Poetry with interest this morning. And that got me to thinking, perhaps other people would be interested in following the conference today. And then I thought thanks to Phyllis of The Edinburgh Reporter, I have the technology to help people out with that. So I’ve set up a real-time feed for you.

Unfortunately Word Press won’t let me embed it on the page, but if you click the link below it will open in a new window.

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