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Witch of the Week #2: Grotbags

When I was six, Grotbags was terrifying. Stalking through children’s TV throughout the eighties, Grotbags (played by Carol Lee Scott) was originally the witch-nemesis of Rod Hull’s anarchic bird creation/companion Emu (a large bird puppet with an anger management problem*): … Continue reading

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A Frank Post about Checking Paragraphs

My task for this evening is checking (not reading) my typeset pages, comparing the top and bottom lines of each paragraph to ensure that none of the paragraphs fell into the ether during typesetting (rare, but it does happen) and … Continue reading

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Witch of the Week #1

Screw vampires. For me, witches have always been the best monsters. (There’s a witch in my book.) They got to do more fun stuff than princesses, and they generally know a lot more useful things as well. So I thought … Continue reading

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I don’t make these things up, you know.

Weird stuff really does happen in small English villages. (I mentioned I’m from a small English village, right?) This happened in my village a couple of weeks ago: Jogger Attacked Five Times by Dive-Bombing Buzzard My impression was that buzzards … Continue reading

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Interior Design: Things That Martha Never Considered

When I was in copy editing school (which is actually A Thing), my instructor pointed out that, since Gutenberg first slapped his moveable type on the press and started churning out copies of God’s perennial bestseller (my words, not hers), … Continue reading

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Alphabet Soup (Self-Publishing Flavour)

So I’ve been dealing with two key ingredients in publishing’s alphabet soup: the ISBN and the CIP data. Before I say anything else a quick reminder: I’m doing this whole exercise in Canada, and if you’re based somewhere else, the … Continue reading

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I think the door to this blog is stuck.

<sound of splintering wood> <stumble> PAAAAAAACHOOOOOO!!! <sniff, splutter> <looks around as dust cloud settles> My goodness, it’s been a while. I just checked the date on my last post and discovered that it had been a full two years since … Continue reading

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