The First Story I Ever Wrote

Twenty-seven years ago I was thirty-five years old, with a young family of three children. It was 1993 and I had just been made redundant for the second time. Each morning I went through the adverts for jobs and applied … Continue reading

Writer not rich enough for a bursary.

Note: This is essentially the same as a recent Twitter thread I’ve posted. I decided to blog about it too because not everyone uses Twitter and it’s easier to cross-post from here to places like FB. Also, because I am … Continue reading

Third Instar – Out in the Wild!

My chapbook, Third Instar, has just been released by the innovative Eibonvale Press – Huzzah! What is a chapbook? I hear you wonder. In the past they used to be short booklets, often printed on one sheet of paper and … Continue reading

Science for Fiction 2019

The amazing Science for Fiction is back for another year at Imperial College, London. Once again it is organised and curated by Dr. David Clements. As usual the event will take place in the Physics Department of Imperial College, London. … 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

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

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

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

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 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