12 Books in 12 Months

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This One Goes Out To The One I Love

As a person with aspirations of one day publishing a book rather than just drafting them, I spend about 60% of my time devising witty* dedications for the title pages of projects I have yet to finish.

Dedications are often slightly boring – ‘for [insert relative here]’ type messages, but occasionally they’re revealing, or hilarious, or heartbreaking.  An internet (and personal) favourite is from Jenny Lawson‘s excellent book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:


Alas, even with the drafts of 12 books on my hard drive and a further two in progress it’s unlikely I am ever going to have enough stuff published to warrant the number of dedications I’ve come up with, particularly given that many of them are for total strangers.  So I thought I’d post some here. Continue reading “This One Goes Out To The One I Love”

What’s Your Favourite Geeky Website?

Seeing as this month I am writing a book in the scifi oeuvre, it feels only right to make a wee tribute to geekery.  And those of you about to get up in arms, look around the room at your collection of lightsabres, sonic screwdrivers and vulcan ears before you try to tell me the two don’t go hand in hand. 

I’m not saying geekery is a bad thing, or that it’s limited to Science Fiction.  Lots of my favourite geeky things have nothing whatsoever to do with space travel, aliens, or future dystopias.  Some are just people who are very dedicated to a particular cause. 

Here’s a list of some of my favourite geeky things online. 

  • Molly Ringle’s Lord of the Rings parodies.  She wrote these nearly ten years ago but I still think they’re great. Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King.
  • My other half is in the process of profiling every incarnation of Doctor Who on Den of Geek.  So far he’s done William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker.  He’s funny about them, which is helpful for the less well informed, and knows his stuff which is good when a challenger approaches.
  • Do you like trains?  Do you speak Gaelic?  Well maybe you’ll enjoy this blog about trains, written in Gaelic. 
  • If you like occasionally foul mouthed graphic novel writers, you’ll love the Talk like Warren Ellis quote generator.  Not for the faint hearted.
  • All episodes of TMWRNJ, a TV show from the late 90s starring Stewart Lee and Richard Herring that’ll probably never make it on to DVD now but has a cult following that often discuss it / do bird puns in hushed tones (said following consists largely of me and my mate).

See, barely any scifi at all.  But clearly there are tons more out there, so what’s your favourite geeky thing on the internet? Leave a comment below, the world needs to know!

A Day In The Life of Book Six

This has been a procrastinating sort of day.  I’ll tell you for why.
Continue reading “A Day In The Life of Book Six”

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