Monthly Archives: April 2012


The Avengers (No Spoilers)

In my opinion, Dark Knight is the finest superhero movie ever made. There’s something about the way it builds its own Batman mythos, borrowing minimally from the comics but adding its own twists to make a great movie that you’d love even if you perhaps weren’t a superhero fan. Avengers on the other hand is [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:56+00:00 April 30th, 2012|Comics, Movies|0 Comments

No More Heroes

It occurred to me whilst driving home the other night that we live in the first age without heroes. A combination of greater openness, social media and press intrusion means that we no longer hear a one-dimensional description of people portraying them as true heroes through and through in the classic sense of the word. [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:56+00:00 April 27th, 2012|Genre|0 Comments

Zombie Shopping Mall

The day job took me to a disaster recovery site yesterday, the idea being that if something happened to a main site, staff could up and migrate to the disaster recovery site and carry on working. But until that happens the place is almost empty. It’s a fantastic site and incredibly eerie. I went into [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:56+00:00 April 24th, 2012|Comics, Misc|0 Comments

At The Base Of The Proverbial Mountain

There comes a time when a project needs to go from brainstorming and planning to the actual writing. I’m more than a little scared because ideas for books normally swim in my head for years, growing and mutating. However, this project, which has the working title of “Fool’s Gold”, didn’t exist a little over a [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:56+00:00 April 22nd, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Some Cool Art

We’ve all seen those landscape paintings in charity shops. Those ones that look like they’ve escaped some 1970s living room. There’s no denying that the art is well done, but there’s something about the tone or the palette that just makes them feel tired and old. A friend linked me to this article on Twisted [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:57+00:00 April 18th, 2012|Misc|0 Comments

A Statement on Diversity

There’s been a big kerfuddle in the press lately over Star Wars – The Old Republic, the new MMO from EA and Bioware. It appears that some… well, let’s face it, homophobes …have got all bent out of shape because there are now *shock* *horror* homosexuals in the Star Wars universe… and they are kissing [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:57+00:00 April 16th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments


I wanted to write a little bit about the brainstorming work I’m currently doing on my next project. It’s swords and sorcery which is a little different to the epic stuff I normally tend to write. At least that’s what it’s starting out as, because especially at this stage, everything can and will change. I’m [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:57+00:00 April 15th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Epic Fail!

Not sure if something is wrong with me or if I’m coming down with something but I’m falling out of love with Epic Fantasy. For years, I would say my subgenre of choice was the Epic. I love the whole ‘bigness’ of it all – vast casts, vast worldbuilding and story with such massive consequence. [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:57+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Genre, Reading, Writing|0 Comments

Adventures With Discovery Writing

George R R Martin talks about two archetypes for writers: Gardeners and Architects. The architect will plan and plot their story, knowing what happens to who from beginning to end before ever writing a single word. The gardener however will go in blind, knowing only the barest of details and discover the story as the [...]

2016-10-17T17:13:57+00:00 April 12th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments