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2016 Week Forty-Six: Oops


Somehow after 46 weeks to get into the habit I managed to forget to make a post this week? But it’s still kiiiinda Sunday… not in my time zone, but some… I’m gonna say that counts.

I feel like I haven’t done much this week. Work was busy. I saw the light at the end of the waiting-for-payday tunnel and did some Christmas shopping. I also bought myself this:

selfie with a plastic cup in the shape of Chip from the 1991 Disney Beauty and the Beast

Today I put make-up on my face. I’m not nearly organised enough to put on full make-up before leaving the house for a day of work or ACTIVITIES, but I enjoy playing with it, so I pretty much just put it on when I’m not doing anything and then sit around the house in it. Today I made myself look vaguely villainous:


Which I was fine with. It’s good to know how to make yourself into an evil queen if necessary.

I also discovered that magic mirrors are not a good selfie medium:

a picture of my reflection in a handheld mirror. my phone takes up most of it!

Shut up, of course I own a magic mirror.

me with the handheld mirror

See you “next” week!



6 thoughts on “2016 Week Forty-Six: Oops

  1. Christmas shopping and a Chip cup… Sounds like a good week to me! 😉


  2. I think you should read this blog post. It has nothing to do with this week’s blog post of yours, but a lot to do with perfectionism in writing, which might be helpful for you.

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    • Thanks for sharing that. I don’t know, somehow I just can’t get into that pulp mentality? There’s nothing wrong with it, and it works great for some people, but… well, I think I’ve proved that I can’t write fast, so I kind of need every book to count, you know?


      • How fast did you write Bloody Zombies? Cause I really loved it. So if you took a long time to write it, fair enough, but if it was quite fast, it would show that at least for one reader your voice can work even if it is not on a piece that you’ve rewritten for ever.

        And that blog post on the Simpsons made me think of a comment you made once about the TV series Once Upon a Time, saying that you loved even though there were some terrible plot holes. Different people might enjoy different things, and not necessarily the onces that have the least plot holes or the ones that the author has worked the longest on.

        Anyway, whatever works for you, just go with your gut (and you probably can use different speeds for different types of writing anyhow). I just hope to be able to read Venetian Masks in the near future 🙂


      • Haha… I wrote Bloody Zombies in, like… two weeks? And honestly, that was great – because some people (like you!) liked it, and I haven’t taken the very small amount of criticism it’s had to heart because, hey, I only spent two weeks on it! The first bad review I see of VM – unless it’s surrounded by a LOT of good ones! – is going to make me cry for sure, because I’ve spent so long on it. (Of course, bad reviews are a risk you take when you publish! But there’s no rule that says you can’t quietly weep over them for a little while…)

        So, in that sense, I TOTALLY get the whole pulp thing. Who wouldn’t want to feel the way I do about BZ rather than the way I feel about VM?

        But, although BZ played to my strengths (emphasis on the funny writing, not so much on creating a well-constructed, logical plot), it’s not the only kind of writing I want to do. I really am proud of BZ, but I also really want to create stories and writing that stay with people the way my favourite books and characters have stayed with me, and I can’t do that with things like BZ.

        That’s a good point about Once Upon a Time (and my opinions thereof), though. Even if one wrote a book that was agreed to be technically perfect (impossible in itself, since there are so many debates over what that would mean), that’s no guarantee that anyone would actually like it.

        And you’re definitely right about different speeds of writing for different things. I’d very happily write something like BZ again if I have an idea. In fact, the way I see my writing future (in an ideal world where I’ve got my anxiety about it under control and write with some kind of direction!) would be a mixture of high-effort novels (like VM) and short, just-for-fun things (like BZ) that I sell much more cheaply, or give away. But I think – for me, at least – those are always going to be two different things that I approach in different ways.

        Thanks for commenting, as always!


  3. Of course, it is probably a good idea to have a balance between lighter pieces of fiction and more in-depth ones. And I think having fun while writing is important too! (and I love having fun while reading, so if you do decide to do another just-for-fun thing it would be very welcome!)


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