Category Archives: Trivia

My First Newsletter


I’m starting my first newsletter. Sign up and earn a free download. Plus: you’ll be notified (monthly) on blog updates, book deals, free PDF downloads and news of upcoming titles, and you’ll also get a flavour of SF from Up North … Continue reading

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DC Comics: Mystery in Space and other SF


It’s exactly ten years since I started to write. My first novel reached first draft in between the 2008/09 Championship play-off finals (as a result of which Burnley FC were propelled into the Premier League) and the start of the … Continue reading

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Dryads gets to draft


Dryads, the last of my Nymph collection, has finally got to draft stage at 33,000 words. For those with a fictional frame of mind, Dryads is set in a place not dissimilar to medieval England – it has a Soke, … Continue reading

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Memories of Doris Lessing


While I was trawling my archives for notes I’d made on Sufism in Burnley (in vain so far), an unpolished, unpublished draft post on Doris Lessing came to my attention – I was conscious I hadn’t said all I wanted … Continue reading

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An Office Life 4: Form Design


Form Design (by hand) One of the main issues in running a manual reporting system was form design. While at school, I’d taken price in my mathematical, logical approach to… well things. The thing is, this wasn’t adequate preparation for … Continue reading

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Why are there no Aliens near Earth?


Man is a competitive, destructive species. This is one of the prerequisites of survival. Continue reading

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An Office Life 3: Office Routine + Jacquard Looms


Office Routine It often seems the case that once you master a technique, you want to apply it everywhere. Harry – I started off calling him Mr. Braithwaite; even though he told me Harry was fine, I always felt more … Continue reading

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An Afternoon With 3 Authors


I go to too few book readings and I suspect this is as much to do with the weakness of the local writers’ grapevine as it is with ivory tower syndrome. It’s also more of a rarity in my neck … Continue reading

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Phew!!


Have to blog this. Writing means not just having the correct form of words, but capturing the essence of a thought. The way it comes out is the form. Going back to 06/09/2016, we were in the middle of preparing to … Continue reading

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Process Mapping and Things


A long awaited piece of work – process mapping for a high street name – is close. While I’ve been plotting that into my diary, my middle daughter has finally, at the age of 20, cut the apron strings to … Continue reading

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