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Will Be Back After These Captcha Messages

Working on an awesome Book Ex Machina book project. It’s our biggest one  yet! (If you want to find out about it first, subscribe to our Very Occasional Newsletter.)

It’s summer. I mean, SUMMER. Just had survived our first heatwave.

Had a story accepted in one of my favorite literary magazines.

Trying not to read the news.

Trying to remember to breathe.

Here’s some Captcha poetry, see you again  soon.



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Matchbook Stories! New issue!

The tiny literary magazine I edit is back with its fourth issue!

So much love! Hello, Matchbook Stories Issue 4!

Ali Smith! <3 Etgar Keret! <3 01_matchbookstories_4 02_matchbookstories_4 ali_smith_01_matchbookstories_4

To find out more, check out the website. There are some sweet offers there too right now. I want to write more but I’m too excited!

“Books as Objects Should Be Beautiful.” Interview in The Review Review about Matchbook Stories.

Review Review Interview

An interview in The Review Review in which I talk about all things literary: Matchbook Stories, our Book Ex Machina publishing philosophy, some of my favorite literary magazines, etc.

And some very nice words by the interviewer, Sandy Ebner:

When I pick up a literary magazine I’m usually filled with a certain degree of anticipation. But I’m not usually grinning as I sit down to read. Matchbook Stories is as unique a magazine as you are ever likely to find. “The tiniest literary magazine in the world,” Matchbook Stories is, as the name suggests, designed to look like a matchbox. Inside each small box are four stories, each printed on its own tiny matchbook, with cover art designed specifically for each. As expected, the stories are very short, but what a delight they are to read, not just because they are well-written, but because the magazine is three-dimensional, thereby making the act of opening the box and choosing which story to read first, much different than opening the covers of a more traditional magazine. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Go read the whole thing in The Review Review!

Happy New Year!

Interview in The Bookseller!

The awesome Anna James interviewed me about Matchbook Stories and Book Ex Machina.

Here’s the whole story in The Bookseller.

Matchbook series strikes a match

Matchbook Stories Praise

What to do when your literary heroes love a thing you made:

  1. Jump up and down.
  2. Run around screaming: Yaaas!
  3. Thank the hell out of them.
  4. Put a post on your website.
  5. Go swimming.
  6. Get back to working on the thing.


Praise for Matchbook Stories:




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News! Links! Etc.!

So many good Matchbook Stories things happened lately! With Issue 2 out we started work on what promises to be an amazing Issue 3; also on some other great Book Ex Machina projects. To top that, one of my stories got nominated for The Best Small Fictions of 2015. What a great way to start the new year!

For more Book Ex Machina news check the tumblr  and the blog; to find out about upcoming events, the events page and the Facebook.

And now because that was a lot of information, here’s a picture of a Totoro I made using this pattern.




Matchbook Stories 2 launch in Oxford: the polaroids

We officially launched Matchbook Stories Issue 2 in Oxford earlier this month at the wonderful Blackwell’s Bookshop with our writers Erik Boman, Pat Cash, and Marc Cinanni, followed by a second event at our beloved Albion Beatnik Bookstore with musical guests The Oh So Many.

Thanks to all who came to celebrate with us. We’re taking this issue far and wide, and then on to Issue 3!

Here are some of the polaroids.








Matchbook Stories 2 is here!




It took us a while but the new issue of Matchbook Stories is here and it will knock your socks off.

It was such a pleasure to edit and design this issue, featuring three great new writers.

Go check it out!



Interview in The Cyprus Weekly (full interview on the Book Ex Machina blog)

Meet the Board


Just don’t call it an inspiration board. Inspiration board sounds kind of pretentious to me. I call it the board that’s on the back of our office door where I stick things I like. (or board, for short)

Such as handwritten notes from friends. Postcards, I’m crazy about postcards.

There’s one from David Alan Harvey, sent from his Road Trips project a few months ago, it features a dinosaur, a corvette AND a picture of another postcard on it.

The chocolate croissant postcard was sent to me by Jing-Jing Lee, (who is currently in Singapore launching her very first novel.) It’s my understanding that I get to exchange this postcard for a real chocolate croissant AND a place to stay close to the cafe that makes them. (Postcards are legal and binding contracts, yes?)

Some of the other current things pinned on the board: poster draft for The Shy Oxford Writers, pictures from Hollywood and Santa Monica, Matchbook Stories-related designs, a postcard and a bookmark from Atlantis, and yes, a poster about typefaces.


too tired for pictures

Book Ex Machina has a brand new website!

Matchbook Stories Issue 1 was featured on Design *Sponge!

I took new Polaroids, some are on the Impossible Project website!

And now I am exhausted, probably from excessive exclamation mark usage.


be back soon xoxo


Matchbook Stories. Issue 1.

The first issue of Matchbook Stories had its first launch in Oxford in May, and now it’s here for the rest of the world. Get it while you can! (Limited edition)


a good week that ended with an angel in the snow

Our publishing house’s first book Nicosia in Dark and White won a prestigious POYi Book of the Year award

It snowed in Nicosia (this happens less often than a leap year)

Wrote a new short story

Spent all Saturday in Troodos playing with the snow [snow angel not pictured]

A good week indeed

Snow falling on tropical trees and our little fish pond

I made these as a tribute to Bill Watterson

Moon over frozen lake

The award winning photographer taking pictures of frozen lake with his homemade pinhole cameras


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