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Keeping Focus

Posted by Rob on 28th October 2014 in Writing |

So, I decided I wouldn’t write any more short stories until I had my novel rumbling along.  It seemed like a fine plan, right up until I got struck by a short story idea that I couldn’t resist writing.  I plotted it out, and started work on it yesterday. Which begs the question — do I […]

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Brain Bite #3

Posted by Rob on 25th October 2014 in Brain Bites |

Argh, what a busy week!  But I’ve survived it, and now I’m here.  And the brain-bite begins with this: Devin Townsend’s Universal Choir: Contributor List What an awesome thing!  The double-album Z2 arrived today, and I’m listening to it right now.  And loving it, I might add (though anyone who follows my taste in music won’t be too […]

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Old-Fashioned Boy

Posted by Rob on 21st October 2014 in Writing |

I write, edit, and sub quite a lot.  Probably more than I should, at times — sometimes, I just send out a story because I’ve been having a bad day, and I want to feel like I did something productive.  Then later, I look at what I sent out, and I regret it.  Hey ho. […]

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The Acceptable Pie

Posted by Rob on 16th October 2014 in Weight Loss |

As fall creeps in and the weather turns cold, the mirage of baking appears on the horizon.  The weather signals the arrival of fall foods, of apple pies, thick stews and baked brownies.  They’re warm foods — not just warm from being cooked, but warm in the way they make you feel.  They’re the kind of […]

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NaNoWriMo creeping in…

Posted by Rob on 16th October 2014 in Writing |

I started doing NaNo in 2007, but after a few years of trying it, I gave up on the concept.  Although the format had encouraged me to write the 50,000 words that they deemed made me a “novelist”, I’d never ended up with anything I would have considered to be an actual novel — I had drafts, words, […]

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Oh Sucralose, Oh Aspartame…

Posted by Rob on 16th October 2014 in Weight Loss |

It looks like the sweeteners are going out the door. There’s an argument made sometimes that sweeteners are worse for you than sugar.  I’m not sure that’s true — sugar is a pretty malevolent little beastie once it gets inside you, and it can cause all manner of havoc.  But sweeteners are definitely no little […]

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My Foodie Crutch

Posted by Rob on 15th October 2014 in Weight Loss |

So, when I’m not feeling great, I eat.  This is a contributing factor to my impressive waistline, and certainly one of those things that I’m supposed to remedy, I think–it’s a bad habit.  But in practice, I think what happens more often is that instead, I just go and eat things I’m allowed to eat when I’m […]

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Brain Bite #2

Posted by Rob on 10th October 2014 in Brain Bites |

It’s Friday, I’m in a slightly cruddy mood, and I need a break from things. Time for a Brain Bite. Music of the Moment: Amnesia by KMFDM Because it feels like it fits my mood today. Comics, Music, and Archaeological Digs Sometimes I find myself wondering how I ended up doing what I do for […]

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The Little Rejection That Couldn’t

Posted by Rob on 10th October 2014 in Writing |

Ugh…so, it’s been that time again. A short story has been out for a while, it’s endured through to the query period, and after querying it’s turned out that my rejection was simply eaten by the internet. Sigh. It’s disappointing, but in two cases out of three when I’ve actually had to query, this has […]

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Reject, edit, repeat…

Posted by Rob on 9th October 2014 in Writing |

Although I’m not getting many acceptances just yet, one thing I take comfort in is that recently, aside from the one acceptance I did get, my rejections are getting altogether more promising.  The most recent one, from a well-known pro market, opened itself by praising the strength of the writing–and although they went on to […]

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