Our generation’s frontier is digital

Space is awesome. Space is exciting. Space is right there on the edge of our atmosphere, and though we are taking tentative steps into its Cosmic ocean (and “the waters seem inviting“) we’re still, 50+ years on from our earliest efforts, barely venturing beyond Low Earth Orbit. Sure there’s Mars rovers and New Horizons and the…

Shooting lions for fun makes you an asshole, but the industry is a necessity

Although my day to day writing is news based, I don’t consider myself the most topical of writers. Often I’ll need to let a subject sit in my mind for a while, letting my thoughts on it grow over time before I really feel ready to write something down. It’s important to give ideas room…

  • Jul 30, 2015
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Adventures in /r/writingprompts

When I’m not procrastinating and finding reasons not to write my next book, I like to at least explain away my lack of working on it by believing I’m improving my creative skills by taking a stab at some of the great writing prompts that the official subreddit throws out. Even though they don’t tend…

Erotic fiction is wonderfully awful

I must admit that I got a little annoyed during the whole 50 Shades of Grey fad. I’d love to say I was above being jealous of the attention its author garnered in such a short amount of time, but it’s difficult when you read any of it and realise how poorly written it is,…

Stop trying to petition art

One of the best things about the internet is that when we don’t like something, we can scream it from the rooftops and often times, someone actually hears us. This makes it the perfect platform for whistleblowers like Edward Snowden to come forth, or the Arab Spring countries to rise up and take down their…

Dear ISPs, defend me and you have my business

I’m looking for a new ISP and it’s a bit of a shame. I’ve been with Plusnet since I moved out, five odd years ago and the service has been for the most part, excellent. The customer service is the company’s best feature and it’s always prompt, polite and most notably, natively English. However, like…

  • Feb 19, 2014
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How autotune changed my life with science

Science is something I wasn’t a big fan of in school. I thought physics was ok, especially when we were talking about planets, but chemistry bored me to tears and biology wasn’t much better unless we were watching some sex-ed video, or looking up breastfeeding in the text book. Ultimately I left school without much…

  • Jan 31, 2014
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Dear gays, stop being gay and just be gay about it!

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’, as the old saying goes. We all know that’s not true and that sometimes, words can hurt a lot more than a stick (those things are only an inch or so across anyway), but like the stick and the stone, they have…

  • Dec 4, 2013
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Reviews, freebies and the future

A lot’s happened in the past month, so probably not a bad plan to do a quick update. First up, I got married. Go me. Secondly, I’ve been pushing to get more reviews for The Medicine, as a good number of people giving it the thumbs up goes a long way to helping spread the…

Kew Gardens: a huge inspiration

Quite a few people have asked me where I got the idea for The Medicine from and I usually give a varied version of the answer found in the book’s acknowledgements. However I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone what really fleshed out the story for me. This first spark of inspiration came when listening…