Category Archives: rant

Dudes, stop reading your reviews!

In light of yet another instance of reviewer bashing I’d like to reproduce here a small post I made on the AbsoluteWrite forums re the oft repeated fallacy that writers can learn from their reviews: Reviews are not the place to … Continue reading

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The only blog post I’ll make re Steubenville

The Steubenville rape trial has provoked a lot of excellent discussion in which I’ve partaken to some extent privately elsewhere online. In short, the best articles I think you can read on the matter are Laurie Penny’s wonderful article in … Continue reading

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In future I shall have her bake a cake.

Grrrr. I’ve just tolerantly smiled my way through an e-mail lecture on how Wynter ‘betrayed’ Christopher by concentrating more on politics than on his feelings, and how she ‘doesn’t deserve his love’ – only to find I wasn’t, as I … Continue reading

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Dear Internet Reviewers of a Certain Type

In light of yet another friend having received a link (this time via twitter) can I ask what it is that certain reviewers hope to achieve in linking an author to an execrable review of their work? What is it you are hoping will be the … Continue reading

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Let no more women die …

In response to Savita Halappanavar’s needless and shocking death, due to being denied a lifesaving abortion in Galway Hospital this October, I have written to my local TDs and reminded them that it has been over twenty years since the Irish people voted to protect … Continue reading

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And this again…

Sadly, it’s time to post this again. I’m beginning to think I should wear some kind of badge. It’s understandable I suppose, the folks to whom I give writing classes and lectures etc are forewarned about what they may see on the … Continue reading

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A brief note from the depths of the editing well…

Semi related link added 08/03/2012: Cat Valente’s terrific article discussing publishing Semi related link, added 5/02/2012: Ewan Morrison’s interesting article exploring the possible consequences of what he calls the ‘selfpublishing e-bubble‘ If one more person sends me an Amanda Hocking link I … Continue reading

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In which I let specifics speak for themselves.

A good friend who I’ve known for a very long time just announced she can no longer pay her US health insurance. She is a married woman with no kids. I won’t comment, here are the pure unadulterated facts of … Continue reading

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