Sometimes we pen nerds get called luddites. This is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what the pen nerd mentality is all about.* It isn’t a need for things to be old for the sake of being old. There’s just something very beautiful about the design and functionality of fountain pens. They can inspire joy … Continue reading Design, Frustration and Regret. (I’m fun!)
The Dunning-Kruger effect is often summarised as “people who are stupid don’t know they’re stupid” but that’s not exactly it. It’s not about intelligence - nebulous concept that that is - it’s about expertise. David Dunning and Justin Kruger found that people who are ignorant and lacking in competence tend to think they know more … Continue reading So let’s talk about Dunning-Kruger and writing.
Get yourself comfortable, buddos, because I have OPINIONS and this is going to be a long one. In fact, I have so much to say that I’m dividing this up into two sections. This one is about my issues with the advice given by Authortube, but it will be followed by a connected post about … Continue reading Authortube, Self-Publishing and Self-Interest
NB: I still have no idea why WordPress formatting still wants to be such a total shitshow. If you know, do tell me, but I remain powerless to fix it. I repurpose this post title from a man who once told me: "Ideas are not responsible for the people who hold them." The fact that … Continue reading Pens are not responsible for the people who hold them
...Which all autistic bloggers have to write at some point. I’ve written some thoughts about it on a thread on facebook, and people liked those thoughts, so sod it. I’m blogging them as well. It’s come up quite a bit in the last year or so, with well-meaning people getting confused. It even keeps coming … Continue reading The obligatory identity first language post…
WordPress has a mind of its own when it comes to formatting. I have gone over this post at least four times trying to make the formatting consistent and it's not working so I'm publishing before I have to smash something. Onward! I'm a pretty savage reviewer. I am not easy to please. I am … Continue reading Savage Reviews: Strange Practice and The Poppy War
A few years back I picked up a book by Chimamanda Adichie. I enjoyed it so I read some more of her work. Amazon and Goodreads being what they are, I clearly set off the SHE READS THE NIGERIAN FICTION algorithm because suddenly my recommendations were all from Nigerian authors. I hadn't been specifically searching … Continue reading A writer walks into a bar