The Stealer of Souls Reviewed

According to my quick, back of the envelope calculations, Michael Moorcock must have been around twenty-one years old when he started writing this book. It doesn’t show. For the few of you who have not heard of it, Stealer of Souls is the first book in the Elric series, which follows the adventures of Moorcock’s […]

More Software for Writers

Journey Revisited A few years back I started using Journey on my Nexus 5x. It’s a journalling app and a very good one, somewhat reminiscent of Day One on the Mac/iPhone for those of you familiar with that. It did all of the things that journalling apps are supposed to do. It let you write […]

Only in Silence the Word

Sadly, Ursula Le Guin is dead. I always loved her work and would have written about it today, except that I am once again laid low by flu. Instead, I am just going to reprint what I wrote about A Wizard of Earthsea a couple of years back. That final quoted verse seems even more […]

Playing Symbaroum

A couple of weeks ago I played Symbaroum for the first time. I had never heard of the game, had no idea of what it was about and quite honestly would have preferred to play something else. One of the options originally floated had been Adventures in Middle Earth, a game I am keen on, […]

Create Your Ebook For Free

I know Jonathan Moeller from his (excellent) fiction and the fact that he is a frequent commenter on this blog. It was during one exchange in the comments that the idea for this guest post was born. Jonathan mentioned that he had written and published a book entirely using free software and he’d done so […]

Happy New Year!

So that’s 2018 arrived. Hope you had a great New Year! It’s that time when we talk about the stuff we hope to achieve in the sure and certain knowledge that we will look back in December and go what the hell was I thinking in January?

The Last Jedi

Warning! Spoilers follow for The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens if you haven’t seen it yet. I have mixed feelings about the Last Jedi. The acting is very good, the special effects are astonishing, and there are many, many stunning set-pieces. And yet the movie seems less than the sum of its parts. The […]

The Black Hack Review

Among the several anniversaries I somehow neglected to celebrate on the blog this year was the fortieth of my first encounter with Dungeons and Dragons, back when it came in three tiny booklets in a white box. I bring it up now because reading The Black Hack takes me right back to my student days […]

Trudvang Chronicles First Look

Just over a year ago I pledged 600 Swedish Kroner (about $70) to fund the Kickstarter for Trudvang Chronicles. I did it for the art. Riot Minds used a lot of glorious Paul Bonner artwork in their advertising and I have been a fan of Paul’s since before I worked alongside him at Games Workshop […]

Nanowrimo Diary

As I do with every book these days, I kept a journal while I was writing my imaginatively titled Nanowrimo 17. Here, as promised last week, are some extracts from it along with my commentary. Before I go into details, it might be worth giving some background. This year, I decided to depart from my […]

Nanowrimo Done and Dusted

So that’s NaNoWriMo done. I hit 50K today with a burst of 3000 words and now I am a bit knackered. I just wanted to record the fact and make a few notes. Next week hopefully, I will publish selected extracts from my book diary with more details of the actual process. So what did […]

Nanowrimo Update: Opening Scene

So I’ve been ploughing ahead with Nanowrimo. That’s me at 27384 words which puts me on target to finish on the 28th according to’s excellent progress calculator. I’m keeping a diary which I shall probably publish here when I’m done along with my notes and observations on my progress. In the meantime here’s the […]

Nanowrimo 2017: Liftoff

It’s November and it’s National Novel Writing Month again. Trying to keep things as simple as possible, I’ve decided to use Google Docs exclusively this year and’s site to track my word counts. My basic plan is to put in three pomodoros on work days and aim for a minimum of 2000 words written. […]

Path of Fire Take Two

So we’re a couple of weeks into the Guild Wars 2 expansion Path of Fire now and I have had enough time to do a bit of exploration, acquire all the mounts and even try out a couple of elite specs, the Scourge and the Deadeye. I’ve wandered over all the major zones from the […]

Google Stuff for Authors Revisited

A while back I bought a Chromebook with the intention of giving Google’s Office suite and Chrome OS itself a serious tryout. As an experiment, I attempted to switch over to Google’s software for most of my writing needs. My plan was to use Google Docs and Sheets exclusively for a month or so and […]