Warning: Contains Politics. The Jo Johnson Effect

I don’t like to do political rant, but I’m going to anyway. <rant> Here’s my opinion. I’ve been struggling to understand what is going on in Westminster these days. Obviously plain old little old me doesn’t have an inside view, … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 58 – Fat Table

Author’s Note:  I’ve been working flat-out on my current novel-in-progress for the past couple of weeks. It kind of got away from me and I had to pick up a chair and whip and get it back into the cage. … Continue reading

Making a Difference With MicroFinance

I’ve been lending money through KIva, a non-profit microFinance organisation, since 2012. Every month I’d lend money in $25 chunks to people around the world with limited or no access to other ways of borrowing. This month my total loans … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 57 – Cheap Tricks

If you were wondering about the artwork it is by David Bezzina. David was really easy to work with, you can get in touch with him and see more of his work here. Meanwhile down at the dock… Chapter 57 … Continue reading

Three Short Reviews

A few of us were talking about books we had enjoyed this year as recommendation for Christmas. Here are a few of mine. Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence, Michael Marshall Smith I loved MMS’s early work and his … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 56 – Only Chocolate

Chapter 56 – Only Chocolate Heidi had been working hard all day, she had even skipped lunch, though in truth she felt too excited to eat. Now her long day was over and she sat at her workstation and ran … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 55 – Relax

Authors Note: Well, that thing I hoped might work out, didn’t. That’s OK, it was a long shot and out of the blue. I have returned to Plan A, which is to keep posting here, and work towards a fully … Continue reading

The Traps of World-Building

It occurred to me that the one great challenge of world-building is that you are, in fact, building a world. What to put in? What to leave out? I’ve recently been reading The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to becoming … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 54 – Responsibility

Chapter 54 – Responsibility Time passed. Persistent Smith lay in the dark of the capacious and surprisingly comfortable boot and listened to the muffled male voices coming from the passenger compartment. He didn’t hear it all but some of what … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 53 – The Good Guys

Authors Note: A chapter a week and here we are at chapter 53. Have I really been doing this for a year? Not quite, but nearly. I posted the first chapter late November last year and I doubled up on … Continue reading