Author Archives: Karen

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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Guardian of the Dead, and asexual representation in 2017.

In 2006 I wrote the first draft of a book that became Guardian of the Dead. In 2008 I sold the publishing rights to Little, Brown and Allen and Unwin. On April 1st, 2010, the book was published. The novel … Continue reading

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Multiplicity

Our router broke and it’s taking three days to get a new one. Meanwhile, no wireless at home. AHAHAHAH I KNOW. WHAT. Today I was getting so desperate that I contemplated going to Coffee Culture and eating cake while exploiting … Continue reading

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These turning days

Countdown to term holidays – FOUR DAYS TO GO! I may even get some marking done. My Saturday was devoted to marking, housework, friend time and babysitting; my Sunday to brunch, art, and A SECRET PROJECT. I had a mild … Continue reading

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Casting up my accounts

On Tuesday night my flatmate/landlady announced that we had a mouse infestation. She’d found mouse droppings in the cupboard where we keep the pots and pans. Dirty mouse feet had climbed over my cooking utensils, probably for weeks. I gagged. … Continue reading

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Foreshadowing

This has not been a great week. On Monday, I was very sensible. Self, I said, you have parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday night. The chances of you cooking anything at all that evening are minute. Cook your two meal dinner … Continue reading

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Trifecta

There aren’t many foods I won’t eat. Marmite, sure, but everyone hates Marmite. Anyone who says otherwise is just trying to make your mouth as miserable as theirs. This was more difficult to work around when I was a kid, … Continue reading

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