Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Last Hours of the Weekend…


The Golem and the Djinni’ by Helene Wecker

‘The Immortal Iron FIst’ by Fraction et al

Listening to:

Peter Tosh, ‘Downpressor Man’




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My New Writing Buddy

My New Writing Buddy

He followed me home from Oahu.

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March 29, 2014 · 21:21

Devoted to my Worst Ever Single Serving Friend



So, I’ve been travelling. No big deal; visited volcanic islands of the South Pacific (hence the volcanic rock above). More on that later.

I’m flying back to England and there’s this lady beside me. She’s dressed in a traditional Samoan print, though she’s white without even a dash of Polynesian blood in her (it’s a thing around those parts). We’re bording and she’s having this loud argy-bargy with her husband or significant male other. This ends in her hanging up the phone and yelling ‘men!’. 

I smile to myself. 

She looks at me and says, ‘ All he has to do is lookup an email for me. But he won’t.’

She then tells me how she’s been negotiating something in Samoa and blah, blah. I nod sympathetically, then I tell her that I spent a year in Samoa.

‘Peace Corps?’ she asks.

‘No. I just went.’

She was quiet for a while, then she said, ‘ it must be nice to have the resources to go where I want.’

She said this with such derision, such negativity that I just kept quiet. I didn’t bother telling her that I had to work my way because she wasn’t going to hear it.

Then later, the flight attendants bring the complimentary drinks and I don’t want anything, and she says, ‘ I’ll have yours.’ 

If you’ve read or watched ‘Fight Club’ you’ll understand the concept of the person who sits next to you on a plane being your single-serving friend, like the single serving sugar or butter that they serve with he meal. 

She was my absolute worst single-serving friend.

Anyway, I’m back. More boring posts to follow.




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Travelling et al

I am not gone, True Believers. I’m travelling.

Right now I’m in Honolulu and expect the kind of desultory travelblog that I do, unless something strikes me as particularly vivid.

I am determined to catch up on my reading and I’ve got the following lined up:

Orlando by Virginia Wood

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker

The Immortal Iron Fist: The complete collection by Matt Fraction et al.

I also plan to do a lot of sketching. 

Stay tuned.


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Sketchiness: ‘Connor’ and ‘the Washing Machine Angel’




Nuff said.


This is the guy who fixed my washing machine. I drew while he worked. My missus, who was out at the time, said that was a creepy thing to do.


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Steampunk World Anthology

You all know that Steampunk World Anthology now has a Goodreads page, right?

My story Budo or The Flying Orchid is in it.


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March 10, 2014 · 17:29

‘Bicycle Girl’ in Upper Rubber Boot Books

My story Bicycle Girl is to be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books as a standalone single. It’s the closest to hard sci-fi that I’ve ever written.

Also included in the series is my friend Nick Wood’s story Of Hearts and Monkeys which is a more worthy choice than my story because the profits are going to a charity that helps rape victims in South Africa.

More info to come.

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March 9, 2014 · 12:43