Have You Read The Christmas Goblin Yet?

Last month, I released my new ebook – a short(ish) Christmas children’s story. During a regular bout of spring insomnia earlier this year, a flea I had in my ear for many years about two children in their room on Christmas Eve, on a planet far away. Back then, it was going to be a … Continue reading Have You Read The Christmas Goblin Yet?

Which Classics Have You Read More Than Once?

We either love classics or we endure them. For most people, reading a classic is something to tick off a bucket list. Let’s be honest, being forced to endure them in a school environment is not conducive to repeated reading. Yet eventually, most of us find a handful we love. Here is my list.

The Explosive Opening to “Dead Lock” (Dead Heat Follow Up)

Just a few days have passed since I completed the first draft of Salmonweird. But the muse has definitely taken resident in my brain for a few weeks. I don’t think she will be going anywhere for the time being. On Sunday, I spent some time finally working on Dead Lock, my companion piece for … Continue reading The Explosive Opening to “Dead Lock” (Dead Heat Follow Up)

Gutenberg Bible Could Destroy Book Trade Within 20 Years

I wrote this article a couple of years ago on my science blog ILPPS when it was revealed that booksellers were losing ground to ebooks. There was a lot of hand wringing, including accusations (and still the persistent belief) that ebooks are not real books. They are here to stay and most book lovers appreciate … Continue reading Gutenberg Bible Could Destroy Book Trade Within 20 Years

My Favourite Karl Popper Quotes

A rare instance of me doing Post A Day, but seeing this post today, and I immediately had a writer in mind. For those who don’t know, Karl Popper is one of the most famous philosophers of science. He was also an astute analyst and a master of words. Here are some of my favourite … Continue reading My Favourite Karl Popper Quotes

Something has Been Bothering Me About Shutter Island

This was one of my favourite films of 2010 – pretty much the year I changed my opinion of Leonardo Di Caprio for good. Having been “teenage girl bait” for many years, I know he had already done a few serious roles in which he’d received praise, but my opinion changed with this film and … Continue reading Something has Been Bothering Me About Shutter Island

The Ingredients of a Crime Novel/la

A few days ago, I published a short segment of a possible novella – I say “possible” because sometimes these things run away with themselves and end up much longer than they were ever intended to be. As it stands at the monent, it’s likely to be novella length. Interesting Daily Post on ingredients that I have … Continue reading The Ingredients of a Crime Novel/la

Praise for Dead Heat

Self-promotional stuff today, but I want to update everyone on some of the comments I’ve had and reviews I’ve seen on Amazon and Good Reads for my horror-comedy novella Dead Heat. And, of course, I want to implore you to buy it! It’s been out for a week and this is what people are saying so … Continue reading Praise for Dead Heat

What Happens To Your Ebooks After You Die?

Not to get too morbid, but I came across this a couple of months ago when a neighbour lost his wife. They had a joint account at Amazon and he owns a Kindle but the account was in her name. I wondered what the legality of the situation was and who would be entitled to keep … Continue reading What Happens To Your Ebooks After You Die?

Dead Heat Ebook Out Now!

I am proud to announce that finally, the comedy-horror novella I have been working on since last summer when I had a very funny dream featuring me and two friends, and felt inspired to write this story after that, is out now! It is called Dead Heat and will set you back just £3.25, $5(USD) and … Continue reading Dead Heat Ebook Out Now!