Fun ‘Cosm Fact: a sentient houseplant and homemaker

I’ve loved plants all my adult life. I even have a young tree outside who makes me feel like a tree-mom. While I believe plants do have a self-awareness, I take this way to the next level in my book. Sonny takes care of Virj the way we would take care of our plants. He makes sure the environment is healthy (which translates into keeping the flat clean) and feeds Virj sumptuous meals. Somewhere along the line Sonny must have picked up that desserts and sugar treats make his flatmate happy, so he indulges Virj a lot. I wish I had a Sonny.

Sonny in his wee chef’s hat.

In the book, the narrator says Sonny has a popular food blog called ‘Sentient Sonny’s Sweets and Savouries’. Today I thought I’d start to transfer my recipes to a blog of the same name. Stay tuned for yummy meals that are gluten free and sometimes vegan!

And now the first post: PANCAKES!

Fun ‘Cosm Fact: I was a tech writer, too!

Fun ‘Cosm Fact: Like Virj, I was a technical writer, but for over twenty years. It wasn’t my passion but I learned so much, especially after attending what I fondly called Editing Bootcamp. I worked under several strong editors during my career, and I even co-wrote a style guide for a high-tech company.

My whacky sense of humour was well-known and when subject matter experts were slow to give me information, I’d threaten to make something up.

Always got the info I needed.

Fun ‘Cosm Fact: Um, why all the dessert?


So, when I was drafting Life in the ‘Cosm, I was about six chapters in and realised I’d mentioned dessert way too often. Then I paused and thought, Hm, I wonder if I can mention dessert, even in passing, in every chapter?

I haven’t double checked, but I think it’s darned close. Anyone who knows me equates me with cupcakes. I love eating all the things.

And if life exists in outerspace, then why can’t there be dessert in it? What’s life without dessert anyhow?

My dream would be to find out a book club is discussing my book, while eating sugary treats. TAKE A PHOTO AND SEND IT TO ME IF YOU DO!

Fun ‘Cosm Fact: The Krystal Tower

This was my original piece, written in 1999. I’d barely written anything and gave up. It was still a story with a writer who hated his day job and who tried to become a fiction author. It was awful, though, with glimpses of potential. Kitty was my late Irish granny’s name, so I was considering it for a pen name at the time.

I’d lost the original manuscript (was only a few pages anyway) and started from scratch in 2014. Named the book after a comic strip I doodled in the mid-90s, and the new title (Life in the ‘Cosm) captured the essence of the current story quite well.  The Krystal Towers became the apartment complex Virj lives in with Sonny and Splot.

My ma found the original pages after I’d finished the first draft of ‘Cosm. I refused to read them until I was finished the book. When I did look at them, I cringed, but still laughed in spots. I’m glad I’ve improved as a writer since then. I suppose we were all more terribler once, right? 😉