How to prepare for an emergency

Emergency autumn leaves
Don’t worry about what might happen. Look at the pretty leaves.

My husband will tell you I suck at emergencies. If by “suck” he means I stand around doing nothing until someone else steps in and fixes the problem, he’s right.

The incident with the water main

One day I got it into my head to mow the paddock above the house. I discussed the idea with my husband, and our conversation went something like this.

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How to win a fantasy writer’s heart

Fantasy writer's fireworks

Fantasy writers can be bewildering creatures, one minute asking for help with a gnarly plot point, the next scolding you for daring to offer it.

They have big dreams and fragile confidence, and are more at home among the inhabitants of their imaginary worlds than at a dinner party among their friends.

Their pockets are misshapen from carrying a notebook and pen, and they’ve probably been stopped at least once by airport security for trying to take a sword onto a plane. (Or maybe that was just me.)

Read the rest of this guest post on Anna Kaling’s blog.

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How to win the heart of a romance writer

Romance writer

Today’s post is a guest post by Anna Kaling, romance author and Monopoly player extraordinaire.

Check out Anna’s blog for my guest post, the ugly twin of this one, “How to win a fantasy writer’s heart“.

Anna happens to be my inspiring and talented critique partner, and the only person who has ever or will ever read the eight-thousand-year history of my novel’s world. She was polite enough to say it was interesting.

The only stipulation I gave Anna for this blog post was that the language had to be PG rated, and she came so close to succeeding. I only had to star out one word.

Anna, over to you to talk about yourself in third person.

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How to overcome your fear of spiders

Fear of spiders is unhelpful in the jungle
Fear of spiders is unhelpful in the jungle

This post is about how to overcome your fear of spiders. Maybe. Sort of.

Don’t worry, I haven’t included any spider pictures–if you’re anything like I used to be, you won’t even move your mouse over a picture of a spider. They’re that evil.

I used to be terrified of spiders. Now, not so much. I’m still not fond of them, but I can sit in the same room as them without shrieking and flailing.

I’m going to share what I did to overcome my fear of spiders. It would probably work for you, but I almost guarantee you won’t want to do it.

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Two reasons I automatically trust you

I would trust this cat.
Now this is a trustworthy cat.

If you look around, the world seems like a big, scary place full of stalkers, crazies, and people out to take advantage of you. Plus a few Nigerian princes who really really want to give you a fortune.

With all the people you meet online and in real life, you need a quick way to determine who is trustworthy and who is lying about wanting to give you an inheritance from a great aunt you never knew existed.

I have a simple system for deciding who to trust that has very rarely let me down.

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