Category Archives: writing

We’re still here …

I just noticed we hadn’t posted anything for a couple of years. YEARS. Where does the time go? (Hangs head in shame.) Well, the manga project is still on hiatus; Connie is still busy at her studies; KVJ is still … Continue reading

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“Magic on the Edges” Guest Post on Fantasist Enterprises

Magic—not spells and hurled fireballs, but that inspiring combination of wonder, awe, and excitement that drives artistic creation—is, for me, born on the edges of things. Edges mean boundaries and borders, tension and change and flow. In the landscapes of … Continue reading

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2012 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

Three cheers for me! (Hey that’s the title of one of my favourite books!) Blackdog has made the shortlist for the 2012 Sunburst Awards in the adult category. The jury said, “Blackdog is everything high fantasy should be … This … Continue reading

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Guest post …

Just a quick post at the moment, to say, check out my guest post over on Madison Wood’s spiffy writing blog, where I was her Tuesday guest this week!

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Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway – The Serpent Bride

Update … Congratulations to Anna D., whose name was selected by Mr Wicked as the winner. Please note that the contest is now closed. I’ve suddenly realized it’s Valentine’s Day, or will be tomorrow. I know that if I go … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the writing front # 6: The Eternal Cave of Children’s Books

The “dispatches” series usually ends up on my other blog, but this post is manga-related. Connie’s been doing some research, finding setting references to fire her imagination, and last night we were talking about caves and looking at cave images … Continue reading

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Podcast on Functional Nerds — with bonus woofing

John and Patrick at Functional Nerds interviewed me about Blackdog for their podcast last week, and the interview is now up here for your listening pleasure. The white dog of wickedness decided to contribute his two cents’ worth, so for … Continue reading

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Falling in love with the dead

As Connie was working on the pages that would show Mikki as a young man (young hanyou?) telling stories of his travels to Vartu’s skeleton, bound by the Old Great Gods in his demon mother’s den (an old tribal grave-hill), … Continue reading

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Designing the devils

Connie has been working on designs for the seven devils, who are mentioned in both “The Storyteller” and Blackdog as a legend of the world that provides the basis for many stories, all beginning, “In the days of the first … Continue reading

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Blackdog and White Dog

Three rousing cheers, champagne and fireworks … okay, cheese and crackers, not fireworks. Might frighten the neighbours. My author copies of Blackdog have arrived. There’s nothing quite like that first moment of opening a box and viewing those shiny copies … Continue reading

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