Waking Up?

Well, that's been a weird few weeks. Groundhog Day all over again every morning. "What day is it, today? Is it yesterday or tomorrow?" The writing community seems to have fallen into two camps. Some were fired up, churning out thousands of words a minute, mainly about fictional global virus infections, it seems. (Good luck with sales.) …

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Almost February?

Wow, time flies! I am SO glad I renamed this an "occasional blog" a while ago. Luckily, the world ducked Father Time's scythe as December slipped into January, despite Middle East issues, although China's upcoming New Year of the Rat (starts January 25, 2020) is plagued with spreading Coronavirus problems and Australia is still beset …

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Rocking Space!

  Welcome, dear reader, to the latest in the hugely successful "BEYOND THE STARS" anthology series: Rocking Space. And one of the short stories is mine! I'm proud to be a member of this elite group of sci-fi authors:- * One Last Gig (Cain V. Hopwood) * Camp Kids (Patrice Fitzgerald) * First Contract (Julia …

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Mid-Year Thoughts

Here we go again, sliding past the year's halfway point - the longest day (or the shortest day if you're Down Under). The Earth just clocked-up another 470 million km (282 million miles) - a half orbit of the sun - since a cold and snowy December 31st. And what's changed? Well... the UK is …

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A Cocktail And A Straight Scotch

Well, have I been busy, or what? BEYOND NOW A collection of published Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories ideal for December gifting. A short-fiction cocktail transporting the reader through the realms of YA, space opera, horror, time travel, post-apocalyptic Earth, alien contact, fantasy, and the undefinable... Wherever these stories take you, it's beyond the here …

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Winter Is Coming

No, not another "Game of Thrones" review. It's snowing in Luxembourg, Halloween is here and there's only 55 days left to Christmas at time of writing. (To keep track of how time's running out for your gift shopping, click here.) And it's been another month of ups and downs in a writer's life... A Short Story Published "Your …

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The Writing Game

This writing game is a bit of a strange adventure. Telling Lies A fiction writer tells lies in a vacuum. S/he tells lies about things that didn't happen to people who don't exist. And there might be no one listening... (Hello? Anyone there? I'll carry on and you can catch up later.) Writers write - …

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Guilty As Charged

  In my previous post, I dangled some "click bait" about how I was over-committed, then offered only a cliffhanger. My bad. Seriously, I found myself in a time bind over the last few months... My next novel is a 1950's L.A. noir, "Private Vices". I was working hard on the final revision while looking …

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Final Flight and Win-A-Kindle

   I've finally had to admit it. I'm over-committed. I never planned to spam my blog followers with daily ramblings. Twice or thrice a month would suffice. But I'm down to one post a month. So I changed the tagline in my posts to "An occasional blog". Truth is good. (Unless, of course, you're a …

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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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