Fontana & Istilor

Welcome to my second book! Fontana & Istilor has been bubbling away for several months. It burst into my brain in the early part of 2023, and it would not leave until it had been fully realised. I am proud of this, it is completely different to The Awakening, and thus has its own, unique […]

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The Awakening

Back in 2019 (yes, I am aware I’ve told this story before), I started a journey. It began as a piece of… well, not fan fiction, for it was an original piece of work, but it was a story for my website. I developed it during quiet periods at work, and at home. I was […]

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Jumpmaster Press

I want to introduce you to my publishers, namely the good people of Jumpmaster Press! Jumpmaster Press have a huge selection of sci-fi and fantasy stories from a wide range of authors, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actor Armin Shimerman. Jumpmaster Press have given me an opportunity and they have helped me to hone […]

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The Forums

That’s the idea behind the forums, which can be found here. Well, ok, maybe not unlimited – I mean, we’re bound to disagree, and I welcome robust discussions! If you are interested, sign up – but by all means browse first to see if there are topics of interest, and feel free to create topics […]

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Pinning the Important Stuff

I figured it wouldn’t hurt to put all the ways and means of contacting/interacting with me in one, easy to find place – in case the social media links weren’t obvious enough. An important project is The Coalition of the Brave. New contributors are always welcome. You can catch me on Facebook. You’ll definitely catch […]

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Writing Prompts: Past Employment

What jobs have you had? Like most people, I’ve had a few different jobs in my time. As a young, fresh-faced meerkat, I started out working in an office, and did this at different locations for several years. To begin, I was booking hotel rooms and making travel arrangements on behalf of clients of a […]

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The Correct Way

Recently, David Thiessen of Theology Archaeology has dramatically ramped up his aggressive rhetoric, and gone as far as to call me a chicken, for refusing to respond to a challenge to debate, or to back up my claims. He believes my recent post, on the topic of Burden of Proof, was aimed at him in […]

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When Trolls Get Angry

I recently became aware of a vile comment left on someone’s blog, around eleven years ago, where the commentator called the author a ‘warped moron’, because the author shared a touching story about the birth of two of their children. It seems sharing a personal story filled with love greatly upset this troll. Why would […]

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Writing Prompts: To Coat or not to Coat?

In certain times of the year, the decision to take a coat or not when going out and about is an easy one. In the height of winter, it is an absolute must. During summer’s peak, it will get left behind. However, there are spells during the year when a coat can be a help […]

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Writing Prompts: Al-Ghool

It’s been a while since the Meerkat World Tour, but here we are, in Oman, seeking to learn about the mysterious, magical Al-Ghool. The Al-Ghool (which literally translates as ‘snake’) is a shape-shifting Jinn, but it suffers from a problem. No matter what creature it becomes, it is said to always have the legs of […]

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Going Green

Whilst the Green Party is highly unlikely to gather enough votes to win the 2024 General Election, they are campaigning on a series of pledges that are by far the best any of the political parties have produced. Well, that’s my opinion of it, anyway. What is in their manifesto, and why does it appeal […]

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Writing Prompts: Social Cues

Inspired by this post over at the Monthly Mosquito, I thought I might talk about social cues, and drift into social awkwardness too, and maybe also talk about a bit of social awareness. Angela’s post referenced the tendency of some travellers to place a bag or rucksack on a neighbouring seat on a train. This […]

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Writing Prompts: Self-Effacing

Self-effacing means ‘tending to make oneself or one’s actions inconspicuous, especially because of humility or timidity; modest.’ I don’t think I’m a particularly modest person in that respect. I don’t consider myself to be timid, at any rate! Might I be humble? Well, I try not to be a braggart. No one likes that trait. […]

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