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 […]

On the Path of Fire

Last Friday at around 6pm Prague time, Path of Fire, the latest expansion for Guild Wars 2 went live. As you can probably tell from my use of an exact local time, I was there, en route to the Crystal Desert as fast as my little virtual legs would carry me. What was it like? […]

Guild Wars 2 Revisited

I recently started playing Guild Wars 2 again after a long layoff. The announcement of Path of Fire, the new expansion, due September 22nd, got my attention. Since I last logged in a few years back, there has been a new expansion, Heart of Thorns. When it was announced, I was not too thrilled. The […]

Acer Chromebook for Work 14 Review

I’ve long been fascinated by the idea of a Chromebook. As part of the PC generation, it felt wrong– I mean a machine that is basically a browser in a laptop format. And yet, there was something about the minimalism that appealed to me. I’ve occasionally looked at the Acer Chromebook for Work line and […]

Citadel of Demons Released

The eleventh Kormak book, Citadel of Demons, has just gone live. It brings Kormak’s long quest across Terra Nova to its dramatic conclusion. In it, our monster hunting hero ends up facing demons, rogue angels and a pair of deadly sorcerers.

A Time Machine

Cleaning out my office recently, I came across an Xbox 360 I got for free when I bought a new computer several years ago. It has sat forgotten, box unopened, gathering dust ever since. We already had an older model Xbox 360 with a hard drive attached which has seen a lot of use, mostly […]

Citadel of Demons Cover Reveal

Citadel of Demons is off with my test readers which means that, barring someone discovering a huge plot hole (an eventuality I am never prepared to discount), it should be released within the next month. That being the case, now seems like a good time to show off the cover, once again courtesy of Clarissa […]

The Aeronaut’s Windlass

A captain cashiered for cowardice, now the most successful privateer in the sky. A motley crew of young cadets from the Spirearch’s Guard entrusted with a mission that should by rights go to older and more experienced heads. A sinister tea-drinking sorceress who will murder you if you are impolite to her, but you have […]

Sagittarius Rising

The events Sagittarius Rising describes happened around one hundred years ago. It’s hard to believe because the book is so vivid. It’s the autobiography of Cecil Lewis, a man who lied about his age to join the Royal Flying Corps in 1915. He ended up flying artillery reconnaissance missions over the Somme in 1916 just […]

Torchlight

One side effect of my World of Warcraft addiction is that I don’t find myself playing too many other computer games. Time was when I was a regular PC gamer but once I started spending my free time in Azeroth, I played fewer and fewer other games, and when I did it was usually just to dip […]

Shadow of the Demon Lord Bundle of Holding

Robert J Schwalb’s Shadow of the Demon Lord is one of my favourite pen and paper roleplaying games. It’s a grimdark fantasy RPG set in a world under siege by sinister sorcerous forces. Think Old School Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay meets New School streamlined game design. I backed the Kickstarter. I even contributed some fiction to […]

Moon+ Reader and Other Stuff

I rarely use anything but a Kindle to read ebooks. When I am compiling my own indie ebooks I look at them in other readers but I usually don’t read for pleasure in anything but Amazon’s eco-system. I own an old Bookeen Cybook which I bought at the end of last decade. I sometimes dig […]

Mistakes Were Made

Well, this is embarrassing. Having spent the last couple of blog posts talking about building a wiki for my Kormak series, I now have to admit I got it all wrong, and am canceling the project. What happened? I realized, as is so often the case, that I was going about things the wrong way. […]

Building A Series Wiki Part Two

Last time, I talked about wanting to create a wiki containing the background information for my long-running Kormak series. I managed to write a thousand words without addressing how you do this. I hope to rectify that this time around. One problem I had was deciding where to start. I was in the middle of […]