Lately I’ve been…


  • Crafty TV Writing (Alex Epstein – because you never know)
  • Electricity (Victoria Glendinning – one of my heroes)
  • The Library at Night (Alberto Manguel – another one)
  • The Thief Taker (Janet Gleeson – not – why do so many writers of historical fiction cram an encyclopedia of period detail into the first chapter?)
  • Essentials of Screenwriting (Richard Walter)
  • Critique of Criminal Reason (Michael Gregorio, the pseudonym of Michael G. Jacob and Daniela De Gregorio, and not bad really)
  • Women in Seventeenth Century France (Wendy Gibson, who seems to have written an entire book without mentioning the most interesting woman in seventeenth century France, but never mind)
  • The Seven Ages of Paris (Alistair Horne)
  • The Three Musketeers (Dumas, of course – one more time).


  • My author’s note for Act of Faith, which took far longer than it should have because I kept wanting to look up all my references all over again – it heads off for typesetting shortly
  • Third person present tense [sigh]


  • Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (but I might have mentioned that once or twice already). Mind you, Glee and The Good Wife come back this week so some semblance of sanity may return
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in 3, which I have to say was pretty funny – if you get all the references to war movies, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

Listening to

  • French – Earworms CDs
  • My girlfriend playing Justin Timberlake over and over.

Planning trips to

  • Byron Bay, next week
  • Amsterdam and Cambridge, for research
  • France, this time next year, for research.


  • The days until the next Harry Potter film opens.

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