Are you self-employed, work from home or other remote worker based in west Cornwall (specifically Falmouth and Penryn area)? Are you fed up with working alone with only your four walls for company? Why not come along to Cornwall’s newest Jelly event? Continue reading “Attention: Work From Home People in Cornwall!”
Words: without them we wouldn’t have books. Tracing the family tree and evolution of language has proven as complex as the evolution of biological life. But all European languages now have a missing link – one common ancestor language that created English, Spanish, Greek, Finnish, Armenian, Catalan, Cornish, Welsh and every other now spoken in Europe. Continue reading “Book Review: Lingo (A Language Spotter’s Guide to Europe) by Gaston Dorren”
“Do you know how much it costs to pay an artist to design a custom cover for your book?” Was a question I recently asked of somebody in a book group. This was in response to how “cheap” self-published and indy book covers look, and that they “put readers off”. While readers are drawn to attractive covers, I’m afraid that writers alone are not fully responsible for this problem. Readers must also accept some culpability. Continue reading “Feed a Writer AND an Artist: Buy Books New!”
It seems prequels, prequel-sequels and sequels to prequels that remain prequels are all the rage at the moment. This year, I’ve read Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage (the first volume in His Dark Materials follow-up, but a prequel) and last weekend watched Alien Covenant. These two works have got me thinking a lot about what makes a good prequel. Continue reading “Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel”
Another month, another report on The Future of Work showed that the rocketing number of self employed people is demonstrating no sign of abating. Some reports suggest that by 2022, over 50% of people in the developed world will work freelance. I expect this trend to last the rest of my working life. I expect never again to call anyone “the boss” or “my manager”. It’s conceivable that a large number of people in future generations may never know what it’s like to work for somebody else. What is driving this, though?
Last week it was revealed that Cheddar Man – the best preserved of the earliest skeletons found in the British Isles whose remains lay in the caves at Cheddar, Somerset until exhumation in the 20th century, had dark skin. This raised one of three responses from most people, not all of them pretty.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you’re planning some romantic time with your partner or engaging in some self-care if you’re single. I rarely write about lurrve, but in my novel Salmonweird (still waiting for an agent to snap it up), I introduce the world’s worst Elizabethan poet. Here is just how awful she is… Continue reading “The World’s Worst Elizabethan Poet Writes a Love Sonnet”
Yes it is that time of year again, the time that lovers buy each other chocolates and flowers, go out for a meal and sip wine into the small hours and generally revel in how loved up they feel. Well, not for everyone. Want a bit of romance in your reading? Believe it or not, I have written something with a slight smidgen of cupid’s arrow. I don’t expect to make a habit of it and the story still has its roots firmly planted in sci fi. Continue reading “A Sci Fi Romance Story for Valentine’s Day”
I posted just five times in January. A combination of ongoing winter bugs (both myself and my other half) that won’t go away coupled with an upturn in work has meant I’ve neglected this blog a little. But life isn’t stagnating. I’ve joined the gym, climbing more often and running again although mostly on gym treadmills. I haven’t let fiction projects slide either. Continue reading “The Winter of Discommunication”
Many of us, no doubt, have waited what felt like a life time for this book. The first of a follow up series to Pullman’s best-selling series His Dark Materials consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Announced earlier in 2017, it became the release of the year. It’s the first in a new trilogy set in the HDM world. Here is my humble review. Continue reading “Book Review: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust Volume 1) by Philip Pullman”
And so another season of Charlie Brooker’s sometimes disturbing, social commentary-heavy series comes to an end. It is now at the end of it’s fourth and in this age of books on the screen, and the world seemingly exhausted of one episode, one story style of television, Black Mirror remains the flag bearer once held by The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone.
Continue reading “Why the “Black Mirror” Craze Is Here to Stay”