Archive for January, 2009

I get so much satisfaction working with textiles, it’s an activity that absorbs me completely and that I enjoy so much – taking something from conception to completion and solving all the problems of design and material and construction along the way, and the opportunity to learn new techniques, to refine old ones and to […]

and other waste-related grumblings. One of the targets our family has set itself is to reduce our landfill waste by 50% this year. That’s pretty tricky, because we did a major waste reduction last year (cutting 50%, from 2 refuse sacks a week down to 1) and I think we’ve therefore taken all the quick […]

I’ve been working my way through Holly Lisle’s How To Think Sideways course, and it is an absolutely cracker. Holly is a legend for doing this, and I’m learning so much, it’s absolutely blowing me away. More’s to the point, it doesn’t feel like work. Until yesterday, when it got to the point where I had […]

Feminist agenda


I wrote an article recently – a short herstory of feminism and speculative fiction – which hopefully is soon to be published in Seven Magazine. The article was inspired by a pair of blog entries, one at Unapologetically Female and another at Girls Read Comics, discussing the portrayal of women in fiction (fiction generally and comics, […]

I’ve cleared the decks, and got back to work on Holly Lisle’s ‘How To Think Sideways’ course again this evening – I’m about 3 lessons behind, so I need to get caught up and back on track. It is very peculiar. I have the ‘Sere’ project as my test-project for the course, and whilst I’m […]

A little flurry in the new year. Just because I needed cheering up, In Skin rejected by Interzone (damn, really thought it had a chance there), and Shadows rejected by Pedestal. Onwards! New round of submissions: – In Skin submitted to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine – Another Today submitted to MsLexia – Shadows submitted […]

Progress report


Ah, well. In the flush of the first week, it’s of course been all positive! I haven’t really got cracking on the writing/editing front yet, as I’ve got a little bit of  a backlog to catch up on, but I’m into the routine of writing a piece for submission every other week, which has meant […]



I’m a huge fan of Christine Kane’s blog – what she has to say makes so much sense on so many levels, so her “resolution revolution” model seemed an absolutely perfect way to frame my intentions for the year ahead. She says that “The reason most resolutions don’t work is that they address only one […]

beware, hubris


So, after finishing up my planning last night, and confidently declaring my goals for this year, my list of things I’d like to get done, the universe reminded me that I was unlikely to get a plain go at it, and that I needed to expect the odd iceberg. I managed to acheive 1 objective […]

2009 targets


I’ve been turning these over in my mind for a few days now, giving myself a chance to prioritise and work out tasks vs time available (always a difficult balancing act), as my wish list is always a lot longer than the amount of time I ever have to do it all in. But I […]