RedNotebook and Other Journals

There’s evidence that suggests that writing every day can make you happier. There’s also evidence that suggests that keeping a journal is good for you. I don’t know know how much I believe this but I do know that I have kept a journal for a very long time, and the one that I use […]

Old Computers Made New

I am not sure why but Linux developed into something of an obsession over the past couple of weeks. I could not just stop with installing it on one machine. I decided to stick Linux on my Lenovo 100S. A quick search of the internet will reveal that this is a problematic little laptop to […]

Further Adventures in Linux

Quite unexpectedly I find myself caught up in using Linux again. It all started when I installed Mint on my broken Acer Travelmate last week. I was so impressed by the way things worked that, at the weekend, I dug out an Asus K42 I bought in Singapore about seven years ago and repeated the […]

Linux Mint 18

At the weekend I took a head stagger and downloaded Linux Mint 18. I set up a USB stick with the ISO on it. I broke out my eight year old Acer Travelmate 8371 and installed Mint Cinnamon. And what do you know, pretty soon it was up and running, with nary a hitch. The […]

Writing in Tabs

Last week I mentioned that the thing I liked most about writing in Google Docs was using tabs. It made a difference for me. I was able to keep my notes in one tab, my outline in another and my work in progress in a third. If I wanted to look up something, all I […]

Google Docs for Novel Writing

For the past ten years or so, I have mostly used Scrivener to write my books. It’s a powerful piece of software that gives you a great deal of control over the structure of any work in progress. It makes backups a breeze and it tracks your daily word count as you write. It can […]

Intel Extreme Masters Katowice

  Take a look at those pictures. They are modern gaming or at least one aspect of it. I took them at the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice, Poland. It was held in Spodek, a sport’s arena, and that does not seem inappropriate. I was there signing copies of Illidan at the Blizzard shop. At […]

Patron of the (Grimdark) Arts

I signed up for Patreon so I could support Grimdark magazine. Patreon is a website that let’s you back artists and creators on a regular and recurring basis. It’s a bit like Kickstarter, but you make an ongoing commitment via credit card or Paypal to back the artist or project you are supporting. The model […]

New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year everybody! It does not seem that long ago since I was writing one of these posts but already a year has gone by and it’s time to talk about resolutions  again. I’m not going to try anything as madly ambitious as trying to post every day this year, but I do have […]

Armageddon Protocol Released

Armageddon Protocol, the first of my new cyberpunk military SF series is now out!

Armageddon Protocol Preview

As I promised last week, here’s a preview of the first chapter of my upcoming cyberpunk military SF novel, Armageddon Protocol. It should be available before the Christmas holidays.     “Stormtrooper 13? Stormtrooper 13? What is your status?” The words burst through the static as Orbital made contact from geostationary. It could just have been one […]

Another Day, Another Year

It had to happen sooner or later that my birthday would fall on a blogging day. As an inveterately lazy man, I am tempted to make my excuses now and go in search of cake, but there are a few bits and bobs I thought I would mention before I go.

Nanowrimo Done

Did I win Nanowrimo? Yes, yesterday at about 10:30 am. I kept at it today just so I could get the badge for writing 30 days in a row. I am a sucker for gamification. Once I set out to collect badges, the completist in me keeps niggling away until I get as many as possible.

Nanowrimo Week 3

So it’s Week 3 of National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) and I am still plugging away. I’ll be honest, it’s been a lot harder than I expected due to the resurgence of my vertigo. This makes writing on a computer anything but pleasant. I’ve soldiered on and as of yesterday afternoon I had reached 40657 […]

Nanowrimo: Halfway Mark

So it’s the 16th of November, and we’ve passed the halfway mark for National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo). On the 15th I hit 25079 words on Extinction Event, thus keeping me on target. I had hoped to be further along but as they say no plan survives contact with the enemy. In my case, the […]