Own It!

My daughter’s new apartment is lovely, but I’m a little bit disappointed, if I’m honest. I’ve always felt that half the point of owning property is being at liberty to customise it, yet she’s opposed to anything that might interfere with the fresh-out-of-the-box quality that currently characterises the place. She won’t even put hang pictures …

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To Fear is Human

My Human Classes are going fairly well, although we recently reached the module on fears and phobias, and I’ve been having some…technical issues? Our tutor has said that flaws define people as human beings, so if any of us in the class are utterly flawless or perfect life forms, then that would simply not do …

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Black Tie Hair

What does one wear to a black-tie event? More to the point, what if it’s an event at which one is receiving a prestigious award, and will very likely be photographed by the press? Okay, fine, you twisted my arm. I’ll spill the beans. I’ve been nominated for the Anton Markova Award for an Outstanding …

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Suddenly, Narwhals

Things are really heating up on ‘Echolocation!’, which is saying something because all those homes are underwater. Kevin and Stacey, that Welsh couple who come from a long and proud line of marine biologists, are trying to sell their home. Thing is, they live in a two-up two-down place just underneath the Pacific Ocean in …

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When Advocates Rule

Crafting one’s own universe is super tiring. It’s something I enjoy, don’t get me wrong, but it never feels complete. Every day I think of when my entire book series is published, and there’s going to be a whole forum of people tearing apart my magic system and poking holes in all the mechanics of …

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Non Presents

Now the songs are on the radio, all through the office, and I’m more confused than before because my circuits just don’t have room for remembering if Frosty is the one with the shiny nose. This body has such limited storage space… And now, the questions have started. “What do I get for my parents?” …

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Future Fishing

I always knew, deep down, that Jayne wasn’t telling the truth. All of her answers were just a little too easy. Like, if I fell into a time portal and emerged fifty years into the past, and they asked me about all this stuff like how electricity has developed, what cars look like and how …

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Fresh Towel Feeling

Who doesn’t love freshly laundered towels? Okay, well, maybe it’s just me… but you do at least like them, don’t you? What I mean to say is, nobody is actively averse to clean, fluffy towels, neatly folded and maybe even slightly warm. I’m particularly enjoying mine today on account of having just done a huge …

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Deep Aluminium Thoughts

Finally, the ‘Trumpeting Moon’ brain teasers seem to be increasing in quality again. A few duds have made their way onto the pages as of late, but today’s was so absorbing that I almost missed my train stop. Had to dart out the doors at Richmond station, and my bag almost stopped the doors from …

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