Onward and Upward

It's a sunny day here in Luxembourg. The heatwave has eased, the rain has stopped, and it's perfect weather for sitting out on the patio and pouring thoughts and words into my laptop. I started looking through my Scrivener folder of "Unfinished Works". More accurately, it should be called, "Started and Stalled". Some authors struggle …

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Happy News/Strange News

Happy News #1 Had a great time at the UK's annual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention (Follycon) in Harrogate. Met some old friends and made some new ones. Learned a lot and had a few new ideas sparked. Delighted to say that my friend David Allan got his first publishing contract. Congrats, David! Happy News #2 …

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A Christmas Tail

Wait! This is not turning into a cat-thread. It's a one-off, I swear! Let me explain... We're currently looking after a cat for one of our daughters but had to spend Christmas in the UK. So we asked a friend to cat-sit. After a few days, text messages began to arrive from the cat. Clearly, …

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On Words: Word Power!

I love words. Hey, I'm a writer: if I didn't love words, I'd be a censor, a redactor of government documents who gets his kicks from defacing them. I love the truth in words. If I didn't, I'd be a politician or still working in marketing. Sounds shaped into words are the basics of spoken language. …

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Back Home

Turning Worlds So much catching up to do now my I'm back home! The world just keeps on turning, even if I'm not watching it. (Quantum physicists are invited to comment below on that observation.) Distribution Channels My novels' distribution network continues to grow effortlessly! I use the Mention app to notify me if my name or my …

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66 and Counting…

I made it. Sixty-six years old! Sixty-six! And counting.   So how does it feel? I asked myself that last year. The answer's pretty much the same as then... It feels like when I was younger. You know -- 65, 64...? But a year ago, I hadn't published any novels and here I am, finalizing …

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The Economics of AI: Example

I recently had a great time at the 68th British National Science Fiction Annual Convention: meeting old friends; making new ones; attending some fascinating panels... The panels prompted my restless mind to explore tangential threads, as they should. Example... During the Artifical Intelligence (AI) panel, someone mentioned that when driverless trucks take over, some 3.5 million USA …

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Insights on a Launch

Interviews with Janus Security Corporation personnel Angel Flores : Executive Officer "I worked hard to get from a favela to the executive floor of JCorp tower. Huge office, wonderful view, penthouse suite... I had always aimed for the stars. It was just a metaphor, until one day... If I had stuck to my job and my affair with …

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Spooky Times

Well, that Brexit thing was a blast. Britain will pull out of the EU (European Union). To some, it's like Hawaii pulling out of the US of A. (It isn't.) And lots of lies on all sides, it seems. Gosh! Anti-establishment folk, politicians and urban elites telling lies? Unbelievable! Spooky times! And there's so much …

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So this is what 65 feels like?

I hit 65 last month. Let's try interviewing me. How does it feel? Well, pretty much the same as when I was younger. You know, 64, 63... It happened to me while I was in the UK, so I could celebrate my birthday with my mother for the first time in too many years. She …

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