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K.A. Laity

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Professional dilettante, arcane artist, all-purpose writer, Fulbrighter, uberskiver, medievalist, Sister in Crime, History Witch at Pagan Square, Pirate Pub Captain ☠ currently anchored in Dundee, Scotland · http://www.kalaity.com

Works include WHITE RABBIT, EXTRICATE, the HARD-BOILED WITCH series, A CUT-THROAT BUSINESS, LUSH SITUATION, OWL STRETCHING, CHASTITY FLAME, UNQUIET DREAMS, ROOK CHANT, PELZMANTEL, DREAM BOOK, CON-EIRE as well as editor of MY WANDERING UTERUS, DRAG NOIR, WEIRD NOIR and NOIR CARNIVAL. Writer of a wide variety of stories, essays, plays, and humour pieces. Also writes as Kit Marlowe (historical romance) & Graham Wynd (noir). Music as Victoria Squid & Higora,
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K.A. Laity WHITE RABBIT started with the phrase "luminiferous ether" which I wrote down on a piece of paper while I was at an event on Ghost Trains in Hackney fe…moreWHITE RABBIT started with the phrase "luminiferous ether" which I wrote down on a piece of paper while I was at an event on Ghost Trains in Hackney featuring Sarah Angliss of Space Dog. Then I threw in some noir, a bit of Blue Sunshine, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, a lot of Alice in Wonderland and some music by The Fall. Agitated wildly in the cocktail shaker of my brain and voilá.(less)
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“I wonder if there is something wrong with me, she thought, that I can get so much from so little, because all my joy comes from not doing–not spending summer afternoons in stuffy drawing-rooms listening to women setting their neighbours’ morals to rights over the bridge table, not spending summer evenings listening to men and women setting the world’s affairs to right over five-course dinners, not sewing in circles, nor reading in groups. I must be very selfish, she thought, for I want set nothing and no-one right; all I want is to be left in peace to make what I can of this problem called life for myself and my children. What would the world be like, she wondered, if everyone minded his own business?”
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“We have one precious life: do something extraordinary today, even if it's tiny. A pebble starts the avalanche.”
K.A. Laity

“Shut up and write.”
K.A. Laity

“Some are born brilliant, some have brilliance thrust upon them -- and others cower in the dark crying, "It burns! It burns!”
K.A. Laity

“Ink, a Drug.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Bend Sinister

“Symptom Recital

I do not like my state of mind;
I'm bitter, querulous, unkind.
I hate my legs, I hate my hands,
I do not yearn for lovelier lands.
I dread the dawn's recurrent light;
I hate to go to bed at night.
I snoot at simple, earnest folk.
I cannot take the gentlest joke.
I find no peace in paint or type.
My world is but a lot of tripe.
I'm disillusioned, empty-breasted.
For what I think, I'd be arrested.
I am not sick, I am not well.
My quondam dreams are shot to hell.
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore;
I do not like me any more.
I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse.
I ponder on the narrow house.
I shudder at the thought of men....
I'm due to fall in love again.”
Dorothy Parker

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
Anais Nin

“Shut up and write.”
K.A. Laity

“I esteem my colleagues as I do my own self, I esteem them for two things: because they are able to find perfect felicity in specialized knowledge and because they are not apt to commit physical murder.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Bend Sinister

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