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Operation Derpathon

POSTED ON September 23rd, 2012  - POSTED IN Games

When I used to work as an IT contractor, you never got paid if you took a day off. As a result, even years later, I still need to be reminded that I get holiday with my day job, and reminded even more that I need to take it. So when I saw that the latest World of Warcraft expansion was coming out, I thought why not spend two weeks in the new continent of Pandaria? When I told my boss, he was just happy I was finally taking some time off.

Quick Update

POSTED ON September 17th, 2012  - POSTED IN Writing

I’ve been quiet. That usually means I’ve been busy; busy with things I can’t really talk about for fear that the sheer awesomeness of them might rip open a hole in the fabric of space and swallow the entire planet. Or something like that.

Mostly, it’s because it’s hard to write something meaningful when everything is obscure and in code. It’s also not very interesting to read. However, to show the world that I’m not sitting here slacking, here’s a mini update on what I’ve been up to.

Why Tom Baker Is The Best Doctor

POSTED ON September 12th, 2012  - POSTED IN TV

I’ll readily admit that my Doctor Who fandom only stretches back to Ecclestone. Actually, that’s not strictly true. As a child I have fleeting recollections of hiding behind the sofa when Tom Baker’s Doctor was on the television. I remember him falling from a pylon or something similar and regenerating into Peter Davidson. I never really watched again after that.

Seven Wonders Book Launch

POSTED ON September 8th, 2012  - POSTED IN Events, Publishing

The boss on my day job is absolutely brilliant. Not only does he understand that happy employees mean productive, dedicated employees, but he is really supportive on what little of a writing career I have. As a result, on Thursday, he said he would stay and deal with a vendor so I could get away early to get up into London for Adam Christopher’s launch event.

Jamie Hewlett On Art

POSTED ON September 6th, 2012  - POSTED IN Writing

My friend Matt posted this amazing video interview with Jamie Hewlett (of Tank Girl and Gorillaz fame) discussing his art. Whilst it’s a short but fascinating insight into the mind of an artist I think there’s a lot writers can identify with what is said as well

New ‘Official’ Facebook Page

POSTED ON September 4th, 2012  - POSTED IN Writing

So I now have an official Facebook ‘fan’ page at These types of things always feel a little socially awkward as you sit there worrying that no-one will ‘like’ the page and you will be the social media equivalent of Nobby No-mates. I’m readying for lots of exciting news in the months to come so now’s your opportunity to say “I was there from the beginning!” Many Thanks!


POSTED ON September 2nd, 2012  - POSTED IN Writing

I’d like to think I am good with deadlines. I’m not perfect, not by a long mile, as I have had a habit, stretching back to my school homework, of leaving things to the last minute. But given the last minute inevitable panic, I generally get things in on time. Even when I need an extension to my deadline it’s usually by a day or so.

Project Octopus’ original deadlines were testament to this. I got slightly manic trying to do everything I needed to make that deadline, but yet even though it was 10 weeks away and everything had suddenly become “should have been done yesterday” I was getting it done. Thankfully, that’s now been pushed back and I can breathe a little easier.

Strange Chemistry Imprint Launch

POSTED ON September 1st, 2012  - POSTED IN Events, Genre

Last week, I managed to call in some favours to knock off the day job early in order to head up t the British Library to attend the Strange Chemistry imprint launch. Those who’ve ever read my writing might question why I would go to the launch of an imprint specialising in YA fiction. The answer to that goes back to long before the imprint was conceived.