One Step Beyond!

I’ve been a member of the One Step Beyond writers’ group for nearly 20 years, and today we (or rather Tower of Chaos Press) are putting out an anthology of SFF stories from the group. There’s a loads of good stuff in there, including but not limited to: humour, dystopia, AI, alternative cookery, uplifting messages […]

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BristolCon

It’s that time of year again, when I get to attend one of my favourite conventions. BristolCon is on next Saturday in, well, Bristol. My own small part in it is as follows: 11am – Guest of Honour Interview. No, they haven’t asked me to be GoH again, but one of this year’s GoHs, Ken […]

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Short stuff good

This year hasn’t seen much action on the novel front, though I’m hoping that’ll change next year. I have had two very different short stories published, firstly ‘Liberty Bird’ (a space opera inspired by a trip to the Lake District – no really) appeared in Newcon Press’s Now We Are Ten anthology, while ‘A Dormitory […]

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The Turning of the Year

I’ve not been very active on this blog recently due to – guess what – being busy in the real world. The Creative Writing teaching is taking off, and I’ve also been writing content for a well-known and much-loved video game. It’s been amazing work, and I’d love to share some of what I’ve done, […]

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My Satellite 5 schedule

Here’s what I’ll be up to next weekend in Glasgow: Saturday 10:30am – Opening Ceremony, during which I’m going to attempt something I’ve never done before. If you want to find out what, you’ll have to come along. Saturday 11am – Kaffeklatch; or rather, in my case Teaklatch. Saturday 3:30pm – Guest of Honour slot; […]

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Satellite 5 – not long now!

In just over a week I’ll be heading up to Glasgow to be the author guest of honour at Satellite 5. I’m really looking forward to it (except the bit where I have to get up at sparrow-fart to catch the plane). If you’re anywhere in the vicinity, do join me: as well as my […]

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Patronage for the 21st Century

As you may know (because I have been going on about it elsewhere) I’ve just got myself a page on Patreon. If you’ve not come across it, Patreon is a way for people to support artists, who they call ‘creators’, a term which gives me mild delusions of grandeur. People who like a creator’s stuff give […]

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Not the Eastercon post

Normally, I’d be sharing my Eastercon schedule about now. Alas, due to circumstances beyond my control, I won’t be at Eastercon this year, which is a great shame, as I know lots of my favourite people will be. Have fun, and raise a glass to me! I will however shamelessly remind you that a couple […]

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The Joy of Crit

One thing many fledgling writers are in denial about is getting honest feedback. If you’re a writer, don’t feel bad about this: it took me years to pluck up courage to show my writing to anyone at all, and even more years before I dared show it to a stranger who might say something negative […]

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