Long Covid Years

Hi! Back again! I know some of you have missed me these past few months. Apologies. Heard of Long Covid? It's a long-term after-effect of Covid-19 infection. For about a year, I suffered apathy, lethargy, head-and-eye pain, and brain-fog. Not good for a writer. I came to a dead stop. During that year I lost …

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To the Moon – edited

(Due to interface changes by WordPress, the email version of my previous post got scrambled. Apologies. Here is the unscrambled, image-free version.) I shelved my planned blog post due to amazing news. I'm going to the moon! Not me in person, but... "Fly me to the moon..." Yes, there'll be traces of McKell on the …

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SPACE: The next frontier!

Space exploration. Space settlement. Space empires. What’s the fascination? It's in our bones, or rather our genes. Our ancestors and their precursors were not satisfied with the place they grew up in. Sub-Saharan dwellers spread out to occupy every habitable place in Africa. Their cousins headed north into Arabia, then Europe (where the Atlantic Ocean …

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Ch-ch-changes

Hi again! 2020 Hindsight I love sitting on my garden patio in the sunshine tapping away at my laptop, letting my subconscious pour my characters' surprising adventures onto the screen. (Yes, I'm a "discovery writer", or "pantser".) But no more sunshine. After a long, dry, blazing summer in Luxembourg, the autumn equinox arrived. Within days, …

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About a Story, Maybe

Let me tell you a story... about a story. Or maybe it's about a writer. Seven years ago I started to write a story. It grew like topsy. I was squeezing an epic series spanning thousands of years into a single novel. So I found break-points and spread the tale over three, then four, books with yet …

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A Winter’s Tale

February I look out the window at the storm-wracked forest beyond the rainsoaked fields and long for Spring. My personal "writing place" is my garden patio in the sunshine with rock music on my headphones and coffee within reach. Sitting in my attic office with artificial lighting to compensate for the all-day, gray-sky dullness outside …

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Heading for Year-End

First off, belated HAPPY THANKSGIVING from snowy Luxembourg! No, there wasn't this much snow, yet, but it's a lovely photo of the town in midwinter. NovaCon Sci-Fi Convention in Nottingham, UK Was this a convention to remember! I got serious food poisoning on the way there and my (newish) car broke down on the way …

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April & May

  BSFA Ytterbium Chocaholics and parents might have noticed it was Easter again last month. To me, that meant eating chocolate at the British Science Fiction Association's Annual Convention! Code-named Ytterbium, it was held this year at London Heathrow's Park Inn. As always, I rolled up ready to meet old friends, make new ones, and …

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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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NEW COVERS!

PARADISE IS A RIDE AWAY... If you survive the journey I am so very pleased to display the new covers for my sci-fi trilogy! Spies, lies, action, treachery, romance, combat, space... What's not to like? 2091: The global elites construct ten vast spaceships to ferry mankind to Mars to escape a failing Earth. But... It …

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