Category Archives: Personal

Busy Week

This week is going to be a bit mad. To start with I have two days in Bristol. I have the radio show as usual on Wednesday, but I will also be in the studio tomorrow. That’s because of this … Continue reading

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Liverpool Wrap

Last night I met up with Alan Moore’s daughter, Leah. She and her husband, John Reppion, have been at many of the same conventions as me over the years, but we hadn’t seen each other much since they acquired a … Continue reading

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The Un-Straight Conference – Day 1

Well, that was a roller-coaster of a day. The conference thus far as been excellent. I tweeted a lot (the official hashtag is #UnStraightConference if you want to see what other people are saying about it. Also several major sessions … Continue reading

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Jay Lake 1964-2014

As I’ve said many times before, I’m crap at writing obituaries. That goes double for Jay because I have this stuff in my eyes that is preventing me from focusing on the screen and keyboard. Jay was a friend. I’ve … Continue reading

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Jean Grey And I

Last week I got interviewed by Deadshirt.net, an American media website looking to run some articles about diversity issues in the X-Men for an article to be run in conjunction with the release of Days of Future Past. The article … Continue reading

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Brief Status Update

Well, yesterday went pretty much as I expected. Many thanks to all of those who made kind comments about my post. However, please don’t be misled by the echo chamber effect. What matters is not just who comments, but who … Continue reading

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A Revolutionary Act #GirlsLikeUs

I found this on Twitter. It was made by @multikaren for the diversity group at George Brown College in Toronto (@GBCDiversity). It is a quote from Laverne Cox’s keynote speech at the Creating Change 2014 in Houston last month. I … Continue reading

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More Kameron – Magic and Mothers

I have a couple more Kameron Hurley blog posts I’d like to draw your attention to. And by the way this blog onslaught is because God’s War comes out in mass market paperback in the UK today. First up there’s … Continue reading

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That Eligibility Stuff

After having said that people ought to put up awards eligibility posts, I guess I should do one of my own. These days I feel way too guilty about this because I have plenty of Hugos already. I certainly don’t … Continue reading

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Some Art From Europe

One of the great things about art is that translation generally isn’t required. I love the way that Neil Clarke sources cover art from all over the world. Yesterday I got Christmas greetings on Facebook from my Greek friend, Sissy … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice, Everyone!

I have pretty much given up on sending cards, except to aged relatives for whom such things still matter. I don’t send them through email either. I prefer opt-in card receipt to opt-out. But if you would like a card … Continue reading

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Victory!

Cats 1-0 Taxes Better late than never. Sorry Geoff, I’ll email the spreadsheet tomorrow. Normal service will be resumed when I can see something other than spreadsheets.

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Geeks and Professionalism

Most of the time I don’t bother posting here when some high profile person goes on an anti-trans rant. It would get very boring if I did, because there is at least one a week. Besides, many of these people … Continue reading

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Family History

I’m visiting my mother this weekend and have been asked to sort through piles of stuff. In amongst it I found a file of papers on family history. Most of it is unremarkable, but I did find two things worth … Continue reading

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New Toy

I got to be even older this week, and my mother very kindly sent me some money. For once I have not just put it into the “books & clothes” fund, I’ve gone out and bought something relatively pricey: a … Continue reading

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Telephone Spam Gets Interesting

UK readers are probably sick to death of the people who phone up claiming to be from Microsoft about a virus being detected on your computer. If I have the time I tend to keep them on the phone with … Continue reading

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Busy Day – Radio, Readings, Lack of Sleep

I spent most of yesterday in Bristol, doing radio at Ujima and then hosting a reading by Emma Newman and Jo Hall. The radio stuff ended up being not much about books, but was fun all the same. As a … Continue reading

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Joining The Cool Kids

I have been reliably informed that no one under the age of 20 even knows what a blog is any more, and no one under the age of 30 would admit to having one. If I want to reach out … Continue reading

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Amanda at TED

While I was getting all nervous about having to interview Tim Maughan live on air, Amanda Palmer was tweeting frenetically about her forthcoming appearance at TED. Scary as Tim can be, I suspect she had the harder job. But, as … Continue reading

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Rail Saga Update

I had to use the trains today as I was co-hosting Women’s Outlook on Ujima. All went well. So no trouble with officious conductors. Also a great interview with Tim Maughan and an opportunity to plug Ian McDonald’s PlanesRunner. I’ll … Continue reading

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