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Book Chair #5

Am I starting to repeat myself?

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Cat Lady

In last season’s Mad Men, when Peggy told her mother that she was moving in with her boyfriend, her mother’s reply was “You know what your aunt used to say, if you’re lonely, get a cat. They live 13 years, then you get another one, and another one after that. Then you’re done.” Best quote […]

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The Narrowest House in the World

I love the idea of living small. My life seems to involve gathering large amounts of clutter and  storing it. I long for a clutter-free existence and the simplicity of living somewhere like this appeals. In reality, I think that this space would send me mad. Too claustrophobic. Far better a hut in the woods. […]

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Book Chair #4

  Looks pretty, but I can’t imagine curling up there for a good read.

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Bookchair #3

Not as comfy as the last, or as elegant. But practical.

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Book chair

I’m going to start a whole thread for book chairs. They delight me. This book chair was designed by He Mu and Zhang Qian’s and called the Sunflower Chair. It was part of the “Design for Sitting” Grand Prix competition and exhibition held in Guangzhou, China earlier this year.

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Love What You Do

Last month I was offered a writing job. This was wonderful. For years I’ve been begging for scraps, now editors come to me. In fact they’re coming to me so much at the moment, I had to turn the job down. But what if it was the ONE? The job that would bring me fame, […]

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Scanbox: ingenious design

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The Zen of Writing

Today’s Displacement Activity took me to The Zen of Python (Python is, apparently, a computer scripting language). It occured to me that many of the rules apply to writing. So I’m sharing them. Absorb. Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Sparse […]

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Why Writing is Like Pearl Fishing

Yesterday I delivered a manuscript a day early. I could have delivered it a week early but I didn’t, which set me wondering. Why didn’t I just buckle down and get the work done in the three days it could have taken and wowed my editor? She’s a new editor, so wowing her at this […]

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