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…

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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Faster than light: Infinite Space

One of my favourite games of the last year or so, has been Faster Than Light. It’s a Kickstarter success, indie-developer, space faring game, that has you controlling a crew as they navigate their ship through hostile sectors, blasting lasers and saving the galaxy from the evil Rebel Fleet. Despite spending just ¬£6 on it,…

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…

A month on from publishing…

A little over a month on from self-publishing my first novel, The Medicine¬†where am I am? Well I’ve managed to sell just under 50 copies, at least 10 of which I think we can safely say are down to relatives being kind and supporting me. The rest though, has come from some orchestrated self promotion….