The Fifth Season, prologue

10.2.18


The Prologue in this book is better than anything I have ever written or imagined, and better than quite a lot of things I have read.

I was not expecting to be so instantly hooked, it usually takes me a few chapters to really get into a book.

On Clichés, introduction

9.2.18


Written in 1979:

Daily speech, for example, tends to loose its substance of meaning when a society modernises. As a result, the art of conversation is increasingly forgotten. Instead, modern man has become a virtuoso in chatter...

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), chapter 9

7.2.18


Never put yourself down about things that you create. That mean voice inside you that says, 'You're not good enough' is not your friend, okay? I used to hear that voice all the time. If I hadn't started ignoring it, I wouldn't be here right now.

There are enough negative forces in this world - don't let the pessimistic voice that lives inside you get away with that stuff, too.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), chapter 6


Every second of writing that script felt like walking barefoot over shards of glass. I would write a bit and then I would sob, wanting desperately to erase what I'd just written. Oh God, that's not a scene, no one acts like that. I have no idea what to make happen, who should talk next? I hate myself. Then I would force my fingers to type more, every word feeling like I was bleeding from every orifice. I was engulfed with fearof making mistakes, of writing something stupid, of encountering story problems I couldn't think my way out of.

The creative process isn't easy [...]. It's more like a wobbly, drunken journey down a very steep and scary hill, not knowing if there's a sheer cliff at the end of it all.

I sometimes look at successful people and think, I could do that! I could be there I WANT to be there!, coverting the end result without understanding the WORK that proceeded it. I wanted to have written a script...

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), chapter 3


If you strive for something, make sure it's for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson for you than any success you'll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up.

Going to drum this failure-is-okay stuff into my head until I get it. REALLY get it.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Intro


But the heart of this story is that the world opened up for me once I decided to embrace who I am -- unapologetically. 

What the Astronaut Said

20.1.18


This article made me re-evaluate the value of what I do:


The woman I was shaking hands with had been through the NASA training gauntlet. She had a PhD. She flew fighter jets. She would go to space one day. Me, I make up stuff about aliens and talking computers. It was a joke compared to her.

But the astronaut looked between me and my mom, and she said, “What you guys do gets us up there.”

Now You See Me & Now You See Me 2

19.1.18


Absolutely loved these! I'm sure they were by no means perfect, but I truly love actively distrusting everything I'm seeing on screen.

Also magic.

Doctor Who: 13

16.7.17


The next Doctor announcement is a strange thing. Until you've seen them in action how can you measure their performance? So I didn't think I cared until it came on and I burst into tears.

Happy tears.

That was unexpected.

Supergirl, episode 2.15

10.6.17


"When I write I don't need a yellow sun, it's just me. Supergirl is what I can do. Kara is who I am."