Archive for July, 2014


Just sketched my first drawing on a tablet PC with my finger. Not easy (especially in a bus).

Had to be done, though because the scene I’m writing is set in a small town and has a lot of different people moving around (and shooting at each other).

First I found a neat little town in the USA which fit the description of this particular town on my planet, looked at it on Google Maps and suddenly had the whole layout in my head.

Next it was on to the sketch app.

Some say I spend too much time on this level of detail and yet I don’t know of any other way to get my details right. I mean if I didn’t make a drawing, I could have people spilling out of an alley beside the law court, then running across the road to the alley beside the law courts. Seriously, this happens (it’s why you’ll never read my first draft…I hope).

Some may say “fix it in the revisions”, but I’m of the opinion that I’m going to have enough to fix in the revisions without not knowing the layout of my cities and towns!

— IEK

I have written that many pages of Bifrost at the pub that my scenes set in a pub are probably my best.

My standard pub-writing pattern is: I’m walking somewhere with no urgency, I feel inspired to write a scene, I walk past a pub, I walk into said pub, order a beer and start writing.

This does not happen often given that having 3 kids does not leave a lot of room for “no urgency”, but the thing is that once you’re in the pub and in the zone, the word just flow.

I STRONGLY recommend the pub to any (particularly single) writers looking for a secluded haven to write (and have a delightful drink).

I’ve written on the bar, on a table, on a couch & have always managed to get good quality words down. Sure, some of those words toward to bottom-end of my 6th or so beer may have needed…um…polishing, but what you really get from a pub is solitude in the midst of action and if that’s not the definition of a 3rd person POV book, I don’t know what is.

— IEK

Recently, Co-Consul and I started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to 6yo. We figured we would read one book from the series every year until he’s ready to read them himself (hopefully some time next year).

The excitement levels in our house at bedtime have markedly increased.

6yo is SUPER excited every night when bedtime rolls around (unless he’s misbehaved and isn’t allowed to have a story) and myself and Co-Consul are almost fighting over who gets to read it to him because we’re both loving the return to Privet Drive, Platform 9 ¾ and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The other night I was reading to 6yo the scene when Harry first met Ron and Hermione. I couldn’t help getting the biggest smile on my face as I experienced again their introductions with the knowledge of how much these characters will experience together as the series goes on. Even now, I’m getting chills just thinking about it. 6yo asked what was wrong (because I was grinning like a loony as I was reading) and I just said that these characters were important to Harry. I tried not to give too much away, but it is hard to explain your own reactions. Not answering his 20 questions after each session is also difficult because, for the most part, we have the answer, we just want him to experience the books the way we did as they were released and not spoil them for him.

The Harry Potter books are just SUCH fun books and appeal to so many different ages it makes me wonder how people can claim that young adult fiction is a waste of adult time. In my opinion, if a book is good, it’s a good book and you should read it. If a book is drivel, stop reading it and move on to something decent. It shouldn’t matter if it’s young adult fiction, adult fiction, childrens’ fiction, non-fiction or fiction about erotic tacos*, everybody should enjoy as many good books as they can (and perhaps a few hundred pages of drivel, just to keep you on your toes).

— IEK

* That’s for you, @CantrellJason

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