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: 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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Writing Prompts: My Worst Cooking Disaster

So, the picture is a melodramatic interpretation of what happened here, but it involved a microwave, and it involved me failing to pay attention! Let’s explain. At this point in time I was still living with my parents, and one evening, after they had retired to bed, I was playing video games when I decided […]

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How to Make a Strawman

Recently, David Thiessen of Theology Archaeology (who remains too cowardly and too afraid to use my real name, or link to my site, because he is afraid of accountability, I wonder if I should resume using his real details, instead of remaining complicit in his deceit?), wrote an angry post, where he took aim at […]

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Writing Prompts: Striving for Certainty

Gah. I had a few false starts with this post. I was struggling to figure out how best to frame my thoughts. I wanted to tackle the idea that if a theory or explanation is not one-hundred perfect, it should be rejected. Now, please note, I am not saying this is what we should do. […]

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Writing Prompts: The Best Movies I’ve Never Seen

Inspired by this series from Peckapalooza, I thought I’d consider the movies I’m told are superb, but that have never interested me. Some of you may be shocked, even horrified, by the list! I don’t tend to put too much stock in the idea of ‘greatest’ anything, because it’s entirely subjective, but that doesn’t mean […]

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Writing Prompts: Sass and Sarcasm

Working in retail sales, you will inevitably face people who feel the need to be passive-aggressive and awkward. These traits are not likely to yield any favours, yet there are still people who think that being rude and difficult will grant them preferential treatment. Here’s a newsflash to those people: it won’t. My approach to […]

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