The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms – Chapter 68 – The Contingency Plan

‘What does it take to sink this damned ship?’ Imelda scowled as she retracted and extended the aerial of the remote detonator in her blood-soaked hand. Beneath her feet, the deck sloped gently down towards the stern where a towering … Continue reading

Writing as Drawing

We all have our ways of doing things. When I’m plotting out a novel or a longer story I always start with pen and paper. I like to use my favourite fountain pen, and quartered sheets of A4.  I do … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms – Chapter 67 – Breathe

Author’s Note: Sometimes you have an idea so wild and perfect it makes you laugh out loud. The one I had while writing The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms is in this week’s chapter. I hope you enjoy it, and … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 66 – A Kind of Beauty

Koponen was being violently sick, the acid stench of his vomit nauseating over the bitter reek of blood in the radio room. Jarglebaum had been a cop all his life. He’d seen things, bad things. He didn’t like what he … Continue reading

An Evening of SF Stories

I’m very pleased to be taking part in one of the Virtual Futures events again this year. This time it’s about life in a future where autonomous agents are here, there, and everywhere. I’ll be joining eight other writers reading … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 65 – Bottom

A happy new year to you all! Readers and writers, whoever we are we all need to look after ourselves, and each other too. Right now I’m looking forwards to cracking on with the preparation for the print version of … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 64 – Sober Up

How busy have I been today? Well, two cups of tea have gone cold. Two, I tell you! Putting everything I’ve learned about typesetting has been fascinating — and very absorbing. Here is this weeks chapter of ‘the Girl from … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 63 – Sanity

I’ve been working hard this week, learning about book design: margins, fonts, layout, gutters, and more. Meanwhile on-board the Sea Cucumber… Chapter 63 – Sanity Foxy clutched Tim’s hand as Electra led them along the open-sided companionway away from the … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 62 – As Easy As…

Mrs Woosencraft is forced to play the waiting game. Chapter 62 – As Easy As… Sunk in her wing-backed armchair in the deepening gloom Mrs Woosencraft ran the numbers through her head again and again. She’d rarely felt her age, … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 61 – The Lucky Ones

The Truth is out, and luck? Well, luck is always a matter of perspective. Chapter 61 – The Lucky Ones Much to his own surprise Tim had fallen asleep in his cabin. He jerked awake when Electra put her hand … Continue reading