I’ve been accepted

Good news! I had a short story accepted. I struggled to trim it down from 4,500 words to almost half that size, but I guess it worked because they sent me a letter saying they loved it. This makes up for being rejected last month by a well known pub …

Turn and face the changes

Writing is a despondent business. Seriously, who willingly goes into this endeavour thinking they will emerge shiny and well represented on the other side? Even when you are certain your  thought-out opinions and views will remain the same, all it takes is one nanosecond of change, just a millimeter; an …

Playing catch-up

Graduation: March 2006 Dum dee dum dum dum. Am I blase for not caring? A few pictures, an ugly robe and a shake of the hand. At least my mom will be proud when I send her a photo. Meanwhile, on with the writing. Submissions: Febuary 2006 Still high on …

Good News/Bad News Report

Good news Dissertation and MA are finished! Let’s pop those champagne corks! I handed in my final work on 30 Septemember and fell over in a heap of exhaustion. Bad news Deadlines coincided with the MIR publishing party, work sponsored management MBA, my birthday and anniversary. As a result of …

Writing Hexes

A friend hexed me the other day. Not intentionally. We were on the phone talking about the state of the world when she asked me about the point of writing. Why indeed? Who cares about plot and character when the actual world is in torment? Why should anyone care what my …

Spielen Karten and Nudity

I had a great time in Cologne, a city with a passion for food, drink and celebration. Cologne doesn’t take itself too seriously, the folks I met were laid back and welcoming but not in a fake way. Even the barmaids in the biergartens were friendly, underneath their pristine aprons and …

Nothing new under the sun

Wanderlust has me by the throat again. This time it is Eastern Europe, with its former communist facades, it’s majestic hilltops, full of castles and crumbling palaces: Budapest, Prague, Romania, Poland. I am yearning for contrast, cafes full of beautiful young people and decrepit old bars where politics is a …

Fruit Seller My Hero

Just a few words about the incident that befell London yesterday. I don’t want this blog to be political, but it is sometimes hard to ignore the things occurring in your hemisphere.Yesterday’s transport bombings were a symptom of the chaotic world we live in: a world dominated by fear. I could …

Cocktail Agent Party

YOU ARE INVITED said the notice, to a cocktail party thrown by an important literary agency who (if you’re lucky) will one day want to recruit you. Stop by, schmooze, mingle. Be prepared to describe yourself and your breakthrough novel in five fabulous words or less. Be there, be square. …

Mermaid in training

I recently returned from the Costa de Azahar, having spent two weeks engrossed in my own version of a sensory deprivation tank. The beach was quiet enough to forgot everything around me. Dipping head first in the water, I stayed under for as long as I could. Mindless as a piece …