Monthly Archives: August 2017

Rotating the Crops

The last week of novel writing looked like this: Monday: 2095 words Tuesday: 2151 words Wednesday: 1055 words Thursday: 2011 words Friday: 1174 words Looks okay, right? Three target days, two days I didn’t meet target – fairly standard, and, … Continue reading

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Ursula Bethell Update

Sometimes it feels like there’s no point in doing anything but opposing the threat of nuclear apocalypse and fucking Nazis. And then I get back to writing. Because this is something else I can do, and it is good. Monday: … Continue reading

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Ursula Bethell: Day Six/Seven

No post yesterday because I was super sad about Metiria Turei resigning as co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party, after she had the AUDACITY to point out that people on the benefit are suffering in a horrible, dehumanising poverty … Continue reading

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Ursula Bethell: Day Five

I’m making up a city. This is always fun, particularly when magic collides with architecture and design. Especially when the magic is failing, and people don’t know how to fix it. The problem is names. I can toss down random … Continue reading

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Ursula Bethell: Day Four

What happened to Friday? I went to Wellington and drank flaming drinks with lovely friends and ate ludicrously well. From left: Me, Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Knox and Delia Sherman. Photo by Fergus Barrowman. With other lovely friends, I played the … Continue reading

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Ursula Bethell: Day Three

Today I got to work at 11:30am, had a long, useful, fun lunch with a friend-slash-linguist, and left at 5:30pm with 2000 more words in the bank. 2k a day is what I’m aiming at in this messy, get-it-out, fix-it-later … Continue reading

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Ursula Bethell: Day Two

This residency involves pigeons. They roost outside my window, cooing and billing. The Brutalist concrete of the Karl Popper building is probably the closest architectural equivalent to the rocky cliffs that were their perches before the smart monkeys showed up, … Continue reading

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Ursula Bethell: Day One

I am fortunate enough to be spending the next six months as one of two University of Canterbury Ursula Bethell Writers in Residence, which is definitely the longest job title I have ever had. PROOF: This is due to the … Continue reading

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