The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 47 – A Lonely End

Chapter 47 – A Lonely End The foreign thief fell into the turgid river like a stone and vanished. Banipal, the merchant and the young scribe hurried across the bridge to the downstream parapet and watched the surging river for … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 46 – Don’t Be Afraid

Chapter 46 – Don’t Be Afraid ‘Mr Wassiter?’ A stocky man with cropped greying hair and dressed in dungarees and tough workman’s boots stood at the front door. He held a tray of carpenter’s tools in one hand, a folding … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 45 – Too Much Too Soon

Chapter 34 – Too Much Too Soon Smith was on his knees peering under the vending machine when he heard Heidi’s voice. ‘Hello again. Lost something?’ Embarrassingly aware that she could see his bottom Smith hastily clambered to his feet. … Continue reading

Less is More – Looking at Jack Vance

I love Jack Vance’s stories for their wit and imagination, and for his accomplished use of language. I’m not alone, he’s inspired a devoted readership*, significant critical praise, and some writers mimic his distinctive style. Vance vividly describes worlds, cities, … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 44 – Crud

Tim needs a stiff drink in: Chapter 43 – Consultants The one thing that hadn’t been on Tim’s to-do list was identification of the potato-shaped lump from the sack in the boot of the Imperial. He rinsed it under the … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 43 – Consultants

Chapter 43 – Consultants Down in the control room of the Kylma Kala offices Ralf Tuppence scratched his head with a 12mm socket wrench and scowled at the environmental management display. ‘I don’t understand it,’ he said. ‘We installed it, … Continue reading

Tesla Powerwall2 – High Summer

This first screenshot says it all. That’s it. Brilliant. Job done. The weather for the past few weeks has been perfect for solar power – non-stop sunshine except for an overcast afternoon or so. Those clouds didn’t have much impact … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 42 – A Friendly Visit

Chapter 42 – A Friendly Visit Never before had Mrs Woosencraft been concerned about leaving the front door on the latch. As she looked at the three women in her tiny front garden she wondered if Tim hadn’t been right … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 41 – Ekad’s Justice

Chapter 41 – Ekad’s Justice Banipal visited his nephew at the site of his home in the ‘new city’ on the western bank of the Euphrates. He admired the size of the plot of land then sat under an awning … Continue reading

The Girl from a Thousand Fathoms, Chapter 40 – Mr Man

Author’s Note: Hello, I’m now back after two blissful and very productive weeks writing and relaxing on the beach. Thank you for your patience, the story now continues…. Chapter 40 – Mr Man Tim tried to lose himself in work. … Continue reading