Monthly Archives: February 2012



New day job means my writing schedule is all over the place. There’s a few things I’ve been working on, but nothing that feels productive. I’ve tried to at least keep the blog ticking along and I’ve also started writing a test scene for Refugee in first person but mostly I’ve been thinking about one [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:00+00:00 February 29th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Caching Around West Cambridgeshire

As I’ve previously mentioned, the weekend saw me up in Cambridgeshire to visit friends for a board games evening. Sunday morning saw us rise and drift gently into the day, accompanied by a soundtrack of Sunday morning cartoons and Mythbusters. We all departed for our respective homes around Midday, but as it was such a [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:00+00:00 February 28th, 2012|Geocaching|0 Comments

Board Games Evening

It used to be that when I met up with my oldest group of friends, there would be beer. There would be beer, and gossip, and antics and sometimes, even dancing. But now we’re all old, there’s more tea than beer, gossip revolves around people’s children rather than the people themselves, and as for antics… [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:00+00:00 February 27th, 2012|Games|1 Comment

The Author Trait Stealing Game

I honestly believe that if you want to *be* another author, you’re doing it wrong. I write because of the stories that are trying to burrow out of me, of a love and frustration with the genre, of finding an audience, of a hundred different things. Don’t get me wrong, there are authors I love, [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:00+00:00 February 25th, 2012|Genre|0 Comments


If there’s a skill I’ve yet to master it’s commenting on friends’ books. It’s inevitable that as you get yourself involved in the writing community that sooner or later someone you know will be the author of a book you read. Of course, reviewing a book should be no different whether you know the author [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2012|Genre|1 Comment

Two Steps From Hell – Magika

This week is a bit busy with starting a new day job. However, I did want to share this piece of music with you. As you know, I'm a huge Two Steps From Hell fan, and if you love orchestral soundtracks, their albums are some of the best released in recent years. Hard to think [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:00+00:00 February 22nd, 2012|Music|0 Comments

Is ‘Refugee’ Potentially YA?

Most people go into town to go shopping. On Saturday I appear to have used it as an excuse to clear my head and think about one of my writing projects (although I did get the new shoes I wanted for work as well as picking a book up in a charity shop I was [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:00+00:00 February 20th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

My Love / Hate Relationship With Fantasy

I have a love/hate relationship with the Fantasy genre. I think that most writers within the genre do to some lesser or greater degree. It’s that quiet dissatisfaction with the stuff that you love that makes you think you need to pick up a pen and write those stories you feel are missing. Now let [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:01+00:00 February 17th, 2012|Genre|0 Comments

Misadventures In Discovery Writing

As some of you are aware, I’ve been writing my latest book using a discovery process. This is where you go into the project not knowing a whole lot about it, and find the plot and story as you write. I normally like to think on a book, let it ferment in my head for [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:02+00:00 February 16th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

The Marvel Reading Project

One of the big reasons I prefer the Marvel over the DC universes is the way that with the exception of the Ultimate stuff, it’s largely all taking place in the same universe at the same time. The narratives intertwine and contradict and are usually brought together for whatever the big crisis (i.e. marketing crossover [...]

2016-10-17T17:14:02+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Comics|0 Comments