A rant about the glorious agony of revising

If this post had a point I’d state it here. It doesn’t. It’s just me ranting about the revision I’m working on. But don’t worry, I love revising.

If you’ve been following the saga of my revision (on my blog, in my monthly updates, on Twitter, or through a psychic connection) you’ll know I shared my sixth draft with my wonderful critique partner, Anna Kaling.

She gave me great suggestions about how I could cut length (my draft is 156k and I want it down to 120k) and make the story more compelling.

This was the first time I’d shared a complete(ish) novel of mine with anyone. It was scary and thrilling.

Since getting Anna’s feedback I’ve been through a number of stages.

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Why to let your kids do dangerous stuff

This is my take on an article by The Art of Manliness on “dangerous” activities you should let your kids do. But I’m not a parent, so what do I know.

The Art of Manliness published a new post recently with the title “23 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do”. I don’t have kids, but who could resist that title?

If you ignore the blatant misconception that parents “let” their children do things–in fact, kids do things and sometimes their parents find out afterwards–the article makes some excellent points.

Stopping kids doing anything that could vaguely be considered dangerous is likely to result in fragile adults who lack the confidence to deal with life’s challenges.

Let’s consider the activities The Art of Manliness thinks children should be allowed to do.

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Answers to questions on Quora

Quora is a goldmine of questions begging to be answered. Here I respond to some of the more pressing ones.

Every few days I get an email from Quora with a tantalising subject line such as “Are British people actually polite?” or “If aliens landed on earth, how likely would it be that they take over the planet afte…?”

Darn limits on subject length!

I have 150 such unread emails sitting in my “Quora” folder in Gmail. It seems the world has a lot of important unanswered questions, so today I’m going to answer some of them.

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The bacon personality test: What the way you cook bacon says about you

The way you cook bacon reveals a great deal about your personality.

Pick your bacon personality type, and read on to learn about your strengths, weaknesses, greatest fear, and romantic compatibilities.

Type A: The chaotic frying pan
Bacon personality test: chaotic bacon
Type A

Identification: The strips of bacon on your frying pan are more chaotic than an earthworm family reunion. Individual strands head in all directions, they’re folded, and entire pieces aren’t touching the base of the pan.

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Interviewed by M L Moos

My good friend M L Moos interviewed me recently and asked all kinds of embarrassing questions about me as a reader, writer, and dysfunctional human being (my words, not hers).

It was a fun interview to do and you should absolutely check it out.

From the interview:

1. Tell us a little about you and what you’re working on.

My name is Alecia and I’m definitely not obsessed with cats or dragons. Sorry, I can’t say that with a straight face.

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