For the first time in the publishing process of the novel, feel a little like I'm being controlled & my concerns dismissed. It's about something other than the final printed book, so I'm less inclined to go loopy about it, but it's easy to see how authors end up making themselves very difficult. There's a lot of investment in something you've spent (in my case) a decade working on...

I am reading old science fiction comics (for research but also fun) and found this, from 1950, which ruthlessly plagiarises Roald Dahl's story The Sound Machine from the year before.

"The one secret chord GUARANTEED to please the Lord that Davids don't want you to know!"

My colleagues dressed Sylvie up all French? Pictured here without the beret, but she did have one

My pride at getting into the top 75 of this game a little diminished by beating out someone called ‘Im2poopy’

I’m ready to move into a house I own so please transfer me two hundred thousand pounds thank you

I say this from the perspective of working in publishing (and it can therefore be readily dismissed as tedious work moaning) and not from being published (which has so far been nothing but a great experience)

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I think maybe I hate everything about publishing apart from books

this is going to sound like a string of words that bounced drunkenly into my head as I fell into a coma, but Ace from the Powerpuff Girls has joined Gorillaz?

Maybe this isn’t the place for stupid jokes but sometimes you think of a stupid joke and you need a way to slough it off

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The BBC's short story prize is judged blind (meaning no names or any other information are attached to the manuscript).

For the fifth time, all the finalists are women.

[Mafioso:] I’m telling you boys, something ain’t right. Any way we turn, the cops are two steps ahead of us. Someone ain’t what they seem. So who is it? Who’s a good boy? WHO’S A GOOD BOY??
[Undercover Officer Rusty:] *tail wagging uncontrollably*

I'm still adding things to my website which means re-exploring an old story with enforced extreme care.

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