The continued adventures of Reading Guy

Reading Guy being the imaginary person I discuss books with when I’ve read them. I’m sharing him with you because a. the pics of him are just too good to waste, and b. if you need proof I spend too much time in a room by myself making things up, here it be. He last made an appearance back in March, and I’ve read

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Writers!

Vikki Wakefield (yes, she of the many chairs and evocative writing) is doing a residency over at Inside A Dog where she shares her process like a box of yummy macaroons (yes, I know, I just had to tie in the use of that image somehow). She has spent so much time on these posts, and they are so generous and encouraging. Check them out.

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Reading I am

Okay, you can see why I just had to use that photo. Isn’t he beautiful? I hereby name him Reading Guy. I read all the time, but only occasionally remember what I’ve read, which usually means the books were either really good, or really bad. Being a little dandelion of positivity, I shall only mention the good ones, because that’s just how I roll, I

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Two completely unrelated things I’m looking forward to this year

1. The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex The new book by Gab Williams. Gab had me at art theft, but she could write about anything and I’d be excited. I love the title. It’s very Gabbish. I am basing this on the fact that before she wrote her other Young Adult novels (more on them in a second) she wrote a book called

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Book design

Those of you who appreciate a good book cover, check out this interview with Oliver Munday. If you’re not sure whether you fit that category, and you got excited by my recent post on fonts, then yes, you should read it. And if you’re really into book design and/or minimalism, you might also like this one from the vault – an interview I did with Tony

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On this Friday the 13th

Subvert the patriarchy by finding out why Friday the 13th is actually GOOD, over at Mystic Medusa. Oztraylians – don’t forget you’ve only got until midnight to win a copy of It Started With a Kiss by Lisa Heidke. Also, and completely unrelated, I was chatting with a writing friend the other day – you know who you are :) – about how to deal with

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When zombies arrive

If you saw that title and answered, “Quickly fax judge Pat”, then you are a winner, because you knew I was about to talk about FONTS. If you’re not into fonts and are simply a rabid Walking Dead fan like me (no pun intended) you probably said something like, “Kill them through the head”. But guess what? You’re STILL a winner because you’ll always have The Walking

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Treasure!

Cleaning out my office and I just found this. God, I love this man. He is one of the few authors who I’d turn Audio for; if you make me laugh I’m a fan forever.

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More summer reading!

Thumbs up to Sweet Damage by Rebecca James – scary (and I like to be scared, but only by books – can’t handle suspense in movies), but also, TENDER.  

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