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Moving office notes

31 October 2008 in | Comments (0)

Moving from one office to another this is what I find:

blank notebooks due to my stationery fetish:  not 1, not 3, but 18!!!! Almost enough to open a shop.

many many copies of my most recent novel:  am I hoarding them?

huge piles of old paperwork:  would it matter one bit if I put it all in the recycling without bothering to look at any of it?  Is it true that if my house burned down the only thing I’d miss are the old family photographs?  Or is this one of the lies I tell myself about myself?

Donate here!

28 October 2008 in Future of Publishing | Comments (2)

A few weeks ago I read a great review in the LRB by Jenny Turner about Helen DeWitt and her self-published book ‘Your Name Here’.  Turner is a wonderful writer; her review of Douglas Coupland’s ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ was a favourite review of mine (is that possible?  I don’t really have ‘favourite book reviews’!  In fact, most writing about books drives me crazy.) In her review Turner mentions that on her blog Helen De Witt asks readers who buy her books secondhand to make a donation to her in lieu of any royalties.  So of course I had to go see for myself.  Bought DeWitt’s previous novel, The Last Samurai, second-hand, and duly made my donation via the blog.  And have, of course, adapted (stolen?) DeWitt’s genius hilarious idea for my own website and this blog!  Please feel free to donate if you have ever bought any of my books secondhand!!  I can see the money rolling in already.  And am looking forward to reading DeWitt’s first novel, ‘The Last Samurai’.

A new sky

27 October 2008 in Flight Paths | Comments (2)

Sitting at my desk in my new office for the first time, I see that I have a great view of the sky.  I wasn’t expecting this.  It reminds me of when we first moved to this house; we were amazed by the extraordinary wide open sky vistas our garden afforded.  Twelve years on, the trees have grown up to obscure the sky-view in that direction.  But now I find my new office has re-oriented me, giving me a whole new view:  and there it is once again, the sky.

In Dubai

24 October 2008 in Flight Paths | Comments (0)

for Flight Paths

In Dubai Yacub worked long hours.  The bus from the camp to the site took nearly two hours most mornings, and the day on the site was ten hours long, and then the return journey took another two hours.  At the camp there wasn’t time for much more than washing, cooking, eating - the queues for all the facilities were always long.  When he was in Pakistan and dreaming about the job and the money he would make, he hadn’t anticipated any of this - although much of it was as his uncle had described.  He’d listened to his uncle but, he realised now, he hadn’t believed him. It was good to be working, and he liked watching the building rise from the dirt of the desert, knowing he was contributing to that.  But he hadn’t paid off the money he’d had to borrow to get the job in the first place. He wasn’t sure how long that would take.

At night Yacub lay in his narrow cot and dreamed that the building he was working on was his own.  He was building a silver tower for his family to live in, his parents and brothers and sister, his uncles and aunties and his grandparents, the wife he didn’t have, the children he hadn’t had.  They would all live in grand flats on the top floors of the building, while he ran his business from grand offices below.

At night he had these dreams, and in the morning it was time to get on the bus to the site.

About

20 October 2008 in | Comments (0)

About the blog

My plan is to write a blog for about a year, from end of Oct 08.  During this year, I’ll be working on a number of fiction projects, including ‘Inanimate Alice’, ‘Flight Paths’ and ‘Lifelines’; as well as this, my new book, ‘The Mistress of Nothing’ will be published - July 09 in the UK, autumn 09 in Canada.  I’ll continue to teach on the Online MA in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University; I’ll continue to mentor students privately; I’ll continue occasional one-off speaking and teaching and reading gigs.  I’ll also attempt to stay abreast of the discussions around the current state as well as the future of reading and writing and publishing. I don’t plan to post anything personal - just a collection of things to do with writing.

About me

I write fiction, including novels, short stories, and digital fiction.  I also write for radio, journalism, and games.  I speak about the future of the book and the future of publishing; I teach online and offline; I give readings and talks at conferences and festivals.  I’m not an academic, but I hold the post of Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, Leicester, where I work largely online.

I’m from Canada, but I live in London, England, home of my dreams.

Contact me at katepullinger (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk (does that really stop the spiders and spambots from finding your e-mail?).  Follow me on Twitter @katepullinger

Hello world!

20 October 2008 in Flight Paths Inanimate Alice Online MA in CWNM The Mistress of Nothing | Comments (2)

Hello.  My plan is to write a blog for a year.  During this year, I’ll be working on a number of fiction projects, including ‘Inanimate Alice’, ‘Flight Paths’ and ‘Lifelines’; as well as this, my new book, ‘The Mistress of Nothing’ will be published - July 09 in the UK, autumn 09 in Canada.  I’ll continue to teach on the Online MA in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University; I’ll continue to mentor students privately; I’ll continue occasional one-off speaking and teaching and reading gigs.  I’ll also attempt to stay abreast of the discussions around the current state as well as the future of reading and writing and publishing. I don’t plan to post anything personal - just a collection of things to do with writing.