Things I have learned this week

I’m a sucker for punishment, but then I surprise myself! I picked up two more submissions that look interesting and then looked at my list and thought “why?!” – and then had an idea, sat down and wrote 2000 words for one of them. One less submission to worry about, I suppose.

The view from the top of Tennyson’s Down in the Isle of Wight is beautiful, but it’s even better when it doesn’t have a herd of cows and a herd of fascinated children up there. I just figured I’d have to go up there again sometime.

I’m not very good at taking writing compliments. One of my editor/proofreading friends, who tends to be very (and usually rightfully) critical of things, told me that I write “beautiful prose” – and I promptly turned into a red, blushing, giggling mess. #Katefail

I don’t do sunshine…I got burned on the very first day of my holiday! I did get less red over the week and am now a sort of brown-ish colour, but I don’t tan well (classic English Rose here). I’m just waiting until I go back to my usual white-ish colour!

I shouldn’t scare the normals. I managed to explain a conversation with Jon as “oh, we’re just talking about explosives”. I mean, this is pretty usual for us, but I forget that it isn’t for other people. On the slightly worrying side, it did prompt one of the listeners to suggest fertiliser as a good explosive. Thanks, I think?

The cats are bastards, and also adorable. How do they manage to be both at exactly the same time?

And not something I learned, but something I am happy about – I finished Heights & Horizons! It was my NaNo book for 2014, and has been in progress since; it’s finally finished at 40,000 words. It’s gone to my first reader and I just need to get books 5 and 6 finished now…

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Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.