The Writer & The Critic … and me!

At the end of November, I had an absolutely brilliant time talking with Kirstyn and Ian (aka The Writer and The Critic) about Maria Dahvana Headley’s incredible new translation of Beowulf alongside her equally incredible reimagining/retelling/revisioning of this epic story in her novel The Mere Wife. Full disclosure: I had suggested this Headley double-barrel episode…… Continue reading The Writer & The Critic … and me!

The Bestiary, The Library, and a New Awesome Patreon

Look what arrived yesterday! My contributor’s copies of The Bestiary, a GORGEOUS volume edited by Ann VanderMeer with artwork by Ivica Stevanovic, and authors including (amongst others) Karen Lord, China MiĆ©ville, Catherynne M. Valente, Amal El-Mohtar, Karin Tidbeck … and me! This is (without too much hyperbole) an absolutely stunning book: hard-cover, filled with incredible…… Continue reading The Bestiary, The Library, and a New Awesome Patreon


Wow, awards season is certainly upon us — the Ditmar award ballot has been announced, and I’m so chuffed to see Midnight and Moonshine on the list with so many great books and stories! Doubly-stoked to see Kirstyn McDermott on the lists for Perfections and for The Writer and the Critic (if you haven’t listened…… Continue reading Ditmars!

Tuesday Therapy: Banishing Obsessive Demons

For the third installment of the Tuesday Therapy series, Kirstyn McDermott shares some advice that makes me think she’s worked out some magical way to SEE INSIDE MY HEAD. Seriously. (*knocks on forehead* Kirstyn? Are you in there?) I wouldn’t put it past her — the way she multi-tasks, it would come as no surprise…… Continue reading Tuesday Therapy: Banishing Obsessive Demons

The Writer & The Critic, Episode 12

OMG the pod has been cast! This month’s episode of The Writer and the Critic, hosted by the ever-awesome Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, features Bluegrass Symphony and Rob Shearman’s fantastic collection, Everyone’s Just So So Special. I haven’t yet mustered up the nerve to listen to the podcast — though rumour has it that…… Continue reading The Writer & The Critic, Episode 12

Ooooh, the scarexcitement!

Happy, exciting, scary news! The happy: Episode 11 of The Writer and the Critic podcast went live yesterday. The freshly-pressed ep is now sitting patiently in my iPod, waiting for me to listen to it and, inevitably, embarrass myself by giggling like a maniac while doing so. There should be a warning label that says…… Continue reading Ooooh, the scarexcitement!