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How To Be A Big Evil Head: Fun Palaces from the Supervillain’s Perspective

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Originally posted on The Signal in Transition:

Louie Stowell's secretly heroic supervillain-in-training, Mandrake DeVille

Louie Stowell’s secretly heroic supervillain-in-training, Mandrake DeVille

Louie Stowell, who contributed author videos to the Parkes Library Fun Palace earlier this month, has written about the experience of being a Big Evil Head, projected across continents and timezones in the name of fun and supervillainy.

Check out Louie’s report over at the Fiction Express blog.

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My Body Is Not A Democracy

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My Body Is Not A Democracy


This is a wonderful post and a lovely image to go with it.

Originally posted on TEAFLY:

My Body Is Not A Democracy

My body is not a democracy. My body is an empire and I am its dictator. You do not get a vote. There will be no coup d’etat. Rebel forces will not overthrow me. I am in charge of it forever.

You are welcome to have your opinions. And you are welcome to keep them for yourself. Please do not leave them at the gates of my empire. They will only be thrown in the incinerator, as all of my storage facilities are full.

For the last year, it has felt like there has been an attack on my body, from both the outside and the inside. When I hear the stories of young girls being raped and then bullied by other GIRLS for speaking out, I begin to think I have stepped into some strange world where Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Walker and Ani DiFranco never existed.

When I hear…

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There and back again, now with less dragons, maybe.

Originally posted on AUTHOR ALLSORTS:

I loved Non and Jan’s blogposts about writing and the editing and redrafting of books.  Personally, I had an inkling what to expect when I started out, but still, I didn’t quite believe how much work went into the whole editing process and how much a story could change. I’ve done editing workshops with Sara Grant and they helped prepare me tremendously.

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Elf problems

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A Close Look at the 2014 Hugo Winners

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Damn. My reading list just got longer (except I’m already reading Ancillary Justice so, one down…

Originally posted on J. C. Conway:

With the close of Loncon 3 today, we now know the winners of the coveted 2014 Hugo Awards for best works in science fiction and fantasy published in 2013. Here is a rundown of the works in the fiction writing categories–each of which should be on your “to read” list, if it is not already on your “read it” list:


Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. — Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. — Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Ancillary Justice also…

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Write and Draw Your Own Comics Available for Pre-Order

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My lovely expert and zombie-meister, Matt Finch, on Write and Draw Your Own Comics. Wot you can preorder now!

Originally posted on The Signal in Transition:

Usborne Write and Draw Your Own Comics by Louie Stowell

Blimey, between this and the pre-orders for the 2015 Library Innovation Toolkit, it’s getting to be like the Home Shopping Channel over here.

Earlier this year, I was a consultant on the new Write and Draw Your Own Comics, created by the talented Louie Stowell and a range of brilliant artists for the children’s publisher Usborne.

Some of the activities in the book got field-tested by the kids and teens of Auckland, New Zealand, during my stint there last year and I can vouch for the finished work as being pretty freakin’ awesome.

Write and Draw Your Own Comics is out this October, but you can pre-order the book via the Forbidden Planet website now – looks like they’ve dropped the price by a couple of quid for early birds too.

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This is basically what junior school was like

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Five stages


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