Repost from previous blog – August 2015 – Unconscious bias

A female author conducted an experiment, sending queries to 50 agents as herself, and 50 agents under a male pseudonym. You can read it here. What she found was really disturbing: 2 agents asked her as female for the whole manuscript; 17 agents asked her as male for the same manuscript. Why was it suddenly … Continue reading Repost from previous blog – August 2015 – Unconscious bias

Repost from previous blog – May 2015 – Tour de chien – cycling 130 miles for Dogs for the Disabled

I did it! On 21 and 22 May 2015, I cycled a total of 135 miles (we got lost, did a few extra, but who's counting? Me!) from the Birmingham office to both our London offices to raise money for Dogs for the Disabled. It was pretty epic, and very challenging. One of the hardest … Continue reading Repost from previous blog – May 2015 – Tour de chien – cycling 130 miles for Dogs for the Disabled

Repost from previous blog – March 2015, Notes on a broken heart

Some people change your life as soon as you meet them. Something in you clicks, responds to them like a crocus to the sun. You just 'get' them. Sometimes this happens when you've never even met them. You just know about them, get an inside glimpse into their mind and heart through their art. Terry … Continue reading Repost from previous blog – March 2015, Notes on a broken heart

Repost from previous blog – Oct 2014 – weight room etiquette – and the lack thereof

Me and my gym bunny coworker Tipper were working out this morning. As we do three mornings a week on average. We're both female. We both love strength training. We both like to make "dem gainz" as the meatheads like to phrase it. This morning we started with bench press. I'd upped my bench by … Continue reading Repost from previous blog – Oct 2014 – weight room etiquette – and the lack thereof

Repost from previous blog – the importance of research – April 2014

I've got a whole shelf of books I'm using as research for my current fantasy work. Books like Bear Grylls' survival guide - how exactly do people light fires with a knife and a bit of flint? what is cordage? - books of British trees and wildlife and edible bits of both, books on the craft … Continue reading Repost from previous blog – the importance of research – April 2014