I don’t tend to blog a lot about my sword fighting.  The main reason is that one of my instructors is a writer and often goes to conventions to demonstrate and give talks.  Sword fighting is her thing and it feels like I would be muscling in should I make it some ‘writer USP’ (Unique Selling Point) and start writing about it regularly.  Plus, she’d kick my arse. But it’s something I’ve very much enjoyed since I took it up some 18 months ago.  Whilst I’m sure I could train harder, I do work hard at it and over those 18 months have seen considerable progress in both Sword & Buckler and Rapier.  I’m lucky that I’ve found a world-reknowned school and whilst I don’t consider myself particularly brilliant, that’s when I measuring myself against people who have won championships all over the world.  I do pretty decently and for the most part I’m happy with that.  What I lack in natural talent I make up for with dedication. […]

August 18th, 2015|Misc|0 Comments

The Big Move

So I realise things have been a little quiet on the blog the last couple of weeks. As twitter followers might be aware, I've been busy with moving to Wiltshire after buying a house in the county. I'd not planned to buy for another year or two but I found a great property at a [...]

September 28th, 2014|Misc|0 Comments

The Updated Website Goes Live

So after a ridiculous amount of work, the updated website has gone live.  In terms of what has updated, it's mostly the look of the site and to push the focus of the front page onto the novel rather than just the blog (although I intend to continue to blog just as regularly as before). [...]

August 1st, 2013|Misc|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 the toilets and had to switch on the lights, the fluorescent bulbs flashing and clicking a few times before coming on fully. It felt like it was taken directly from a horror movie. It’s like a real equivalent of the prison from The Walking Dead comics. […]

April 24th, 2012|Comics, Misc|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 Sifter on a couple of artists who are buying these old landscape paintings and adding monsters to them. I love the whole art clash going on here, the idea of taking something as old and tired as a landscape painting and giving it new life and making it into something fresh. […]

April 18th, 2012|Misc|0 Comments

A New Start

I’d had an idea for this post long before I moved. A proclamation of a new start coupled with a picture of the rising sun. Yes, not so much a new me, but a new era of my life. Except that lives are complicated things and rarely clear cut. I have no doubt this is [...]

April 2nd, 2012|Misc|0 Comments

I Should Be Packing

So I’m going to be moving in… little over a week. I really should be packing. I really should be having a clear out. I should be arranging storage and separating things that should go into storage from things that I need to move with me. I really should be… you know… doing things. I [...]

March 23rd, 2012|Misc|0 Comments

Xmas Arts And Crafts 2011

A couple of years ago my extended family decided that instead of token presents, it would be a lot more fun to make things for each other. It proved to be a great success. It didn’t matter how well the final product turned out, the time and effort put into it was greatly appreciated by all. For Xmas 2010 I produced a custom anthology, using Print on Demand to create unique covers for each book. They turned out pretty well and one of the stories still gives my aunt nightmares. […]

January 17th, 2012|Misc|1 Comment

Thoughts On How I’m Not Effectively Using Facebook As A Writer

I’ve made some upgrades to the blog to integrate it better with Facebook and it’s got me thinking about how I use Facebook as a writer and the current mess mine is in. You can now comment on blog posts with your Facebook profile, or if you follow me on Facebook, comments you post on links over there get automatically copied to the blog. I’ve tried very hard to ensure that I’m not violating anyone’s privacy in the process but as it’s Facebook there’s probably some God-awful loophole. So if your FB profile privacy is a major concern, probably best to comment in the blog’s native comment system rather than use the Facebook bit. My main motive was one of laziness. I keep forgetting to link my posts there and this upgrade will do it for me. And plus, if comments are replicated, it helps me look popular with lots of comments 😉 I’m also aware that as part of the larger picture, as a writer I need to get out there and publicise myself through engagement (rather than just shilling) but whilst I’m comfortable with other forms of social media such as Twitter, I’m really unsure how I should proceed when it comes to Facebook. […]

January 4th, 2012|Misc|2 Comments

Danny MacAskill – “Way Back Home”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj6ho1-G6tw I'm becoming a real sucker for these extreme sports music-style videos that have been cropping up on Youtube of late. I'm no BMXer but Danny MacAskill shows some serious skills. And even if you don't appreciate the athleticism on display, the Scottish scenery on display makes it worth a watch.  

October 11th, 2011|Misc|1 Comment