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neilhimself. We are off on a father and son bonding trip and there isn't much in th

We are off on a father and son bonding trip and there isn't much in the way of wifi or phone service here. So I'm basically offline now for a week or so. It's magical and hard work. I will be back sooner or later but don't expect Twitter or Tumblr questions to be answered for a while.

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neilhimself. A young bear who has taken to hanging around in the woods until we fee

A young bear who has taken to hanging around in the woods until we feed the chickens, then loping in and chomping on whatever he can find. On the good side, he doesn't seem to have any interest in eating the chickens.

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neilhimself. Not actually a two-headed teenage stag...

Not actually a two-headed teenage stag...

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neilhimself. One of Ash's favourite recent movies was #missinglink.  Fortunately, h

One of Ash's favourite recent movies was #missinglink. Fortunately, his father is friends with the lovely people at Laika who made it. And they know (because I have told them) how much Ash loved it. So yesterday brought a delivery of two Funko Pop Sasquatches and a tee shirt which needed to be worn like a dress. Thank you, Laika.

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neilhimself. So happy to be in this collection. It has stories in it that terrified

So happy to be in this collection. It has stories in it that terrified me when I was young (in the Armada Book of Ghost Stories) and ones I'm really looking forward to reading for the first time.

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neilhimself. Reposted from @amandapalmer (@get_regrann) -  i love these men - #regr

Reposted from @amandapalmer (@get_regrann) - i love these men - #regrann ... I am a proud father and a lucky husband.

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neilhimself. Amanda having a happy cry listening to People’s Power Failure songs.

Amanda having a happy cry listening to People’s Power Failure songs.

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neilhimself. \"I don't care what she says. She's not a bloody guinea fowl.\"

"I don't care what she says. She's not a bloody guinea fowl."

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neilhimself. Today one of the guinea fowl returned from the woods, followed by abou

Today one of the guinea fowl returned from the woods, followed by about 15 little "keets" -- guinea fowl chicks. I thought she'd been eaten by a predator, because I hadn't seen her for a month. I'm so glad I was wrong. The chicks flow after her, like water.

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neilhimself. It was a gift from Dark Carnival in Berkeley. They wanted me to see th

It was a gift from Dark Carnival in Berkeley. They wanted me to see the Gashleycrumb Tinies pastiche, taking on gun control. It's become Ash's favourite thing to read. He carries it everywhere. And people say "I didn't know MAD was still being published." Soon, now, it won't be any more. It was one of my favourite things. I still have the MAD magazines from the early 60s I bought in Plus Books in West Croydon, and the beautiful oversized reprint editions of the original MAD comics.

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Yesterday Robert Sheckley would have been 91 years old. One of the finest short story writers of his generation, one of the writers I aspired to be when I was young. Today I visited his grave with his daughter, my friend and editor Alisa Kwitney.

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neilhimself. So tiny. So well camouflaged. So close to my writing cabin.

So tiny. So well camouflaged. So close to my writing cabin.

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