Praying Geese, Scissors, and Respectful Punning

Five things I’ve learned (or reconfirmed) since we last spoke: You can shear a whole sheep with scissors if you have to. The haircut isn’t as bold as with electric shears, but when the sheep isn’t well, shears are stressful and scissors are not....

Should I Read Fewer Books This Year?

I’ve been thinking about reading recently, as I haven’t been doing a lot of it the past few weeks, and Goodreads always sets a challenge for books to read at the start of the year. What I’ve been pondering is, should I read less? To someone who reads...

Cover reveal: The Star of Whatever

The Star of Whatever, the second book in my series The Western Lands and All That Really Matters launches, in a week so I’ll be sharing a couple of extra emails leading up to that. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to bring you the next part of Princess...

Video: Why We Say “OK”

OK, OK, OK, this is a fun, interesting video from Vox on that most recognisable of words, OK, which dates from 1839. It’s not an abbreviation for a dockworker’s name (which is what I’d heard). It’s not from the Choctaw. But it does have an...

A Phone and a Molotov Cocktail

Those of you who’ve been with me a while know I love my tech (we’re all-in Apple), but the implications of tech also concern me. As such, allow me to point you to a fantastic bit of writing from Mat Honan at BuzzFeed: The Google Pixel 3 Is A Very Good...

Video: Shooting Shaina’s Sequence from Kidding

You know that kind of scene where they do a one-take time-lapse kind of thing to show a character’s passage through time (there’s the famous walk through the seasons scene in Notting Hill). Here’s a split-screen look at one of them being filmed from...