Monthly Archives: June 2012


LEGO Batman 2

I used to play a lot on the Xbox, but then I realised I was wasting tonnes of money on games I hardly played and so confined my gaming to predominantly World of Warcraft. There was the odd exception but in the majority the Xbox has been left to gather dust. After moving and then [...]

June 30th, 2012|Games|0 Comments

How Writers Can Learn From Books Like 50 Shades Of Grey

A lot of my friends are reading Fifty Shades of Grey at the moment. Sales of the book and its sequels have grown to a stage where it’s now breaking records, yet some will claim it’s little more than Twilight Fan-fic. However, whether you love or hate the book, I think it and other breakout [...]

June 29th, 2012|Writing|1 Comment

Muse – Survival I'm a big Muse fan, even if I always forget when the tickets to their tours go on sale until after they sell out. Anyway, a new Muse track is always a big cause for excitement. And whilst many bands' later albums seem to lose some of the magic of why you liked that [...]

June 28th, 2012|Music|0 Comments

Website Updates

For some reason I’ve overhauled the website. I’ve long wanted to expand my bibliography with details on some of the articles I wrote for Memorablia magazine a decade ago. Not so much to make the bibliography bigger but because I worked hard on that magazine during its lifespan and I’m proud of the articles I [...]

June 27th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

My First Publishing Credit

When I was clearing out the old house I came across a lot of my old print publications that I thought I’d lost. I took them with me and, today, have spent the afternoon scanning covers and updating bibliographies. With some magazines I was actually quite surprised just how much I wrote, and whilst I [...]

June 23rd, 2012|Comics, Writing|0 Comments

The Rains of Castamere

I've currently got the music from the second series of Game of Thrones on repeat. The album came out this week and is the perfect accompaniment to one of my writing projects. There's a lot of good tracks on the album (although if I'm honest I don't think it is as a strong as the [...]

June 21st, 2012|Music|0 Comments

Thoughts On Games Writing

Games writing seems to be in the spotlight at the moment with complaints that it falls foul of sexism and genre tropes. Let me say, at the outset, that I think people wanting a better quality of writing in their games is a good thing. Only by people questioning the current norms can the issues [...]

June 20th, 2012|Games|0 Comments

It’s Not About the (Geocaching) Numbers

It’s fair to say that this year has been a terrible caching year for me. It seems like there have been a long procession of issues which have stopped me caching. We have a saying in geocaching circles: “it’s not about the numbers”. That’s mostly true, but for some it is about the numbers. Everyone [...]

June 19th, 2012|Geocaching|0 Comments

It’s All About The (Writing) Numbers

With the day job meaning I was on call and a bad back stopping me doing any really serious Geocaching, this weekend seemed to be a good weekend to make progress on two of my writing projects. Project Llama is an unusual beast in that word count can be deceiving. Still in the absence of [...]

June 18th, 2012|Writing|0 Comments

Storm of Swords

I’d put off reading Storm of Swords. It’s a big book and I’m a slow reader. I’d also not enjoyed Clash of Kings. The circumstances regarding Renly annoyed me greatly, as if the tone of the worldbuilding suddenly shifted. It felt a forced book, one where the writer’s machinations were too clearly on show. However, [...]

June 15th, 2012|Reading|0 Comments