Monthly Archives: December 2014

Random Bits

Yeah, I don’t like the whole Groundhog Day effects of Christmastide, so I’m not going to say any seasonal stuff.


I’ve avoided watching ‘Interstellar’, but friends tell me I should see it, so I’m going to give it a try. My reasons for delaying it have had to do with a vague notion that I don’t want to watch ‘Gravity’ and ‘Interstellar’ in the same year. I’ve always given Nolan the benefit of the doubt, but I had no patience for what seemed from the trailer to be a pseudo-philosophical Sci-fi visual effects party. Yes, that is akin to judging a book by its cover, but we do that all the time, both actually and metaphorically.

Speaking of covers, this:

‘The Art of Book Cover Design’

I don’t know how long it will be up, but it’s interesting.

What I wold really like to see is ‘Birdman’

It won’t be out until next week or so, but I can’t wait. This kind of screwball comedy tickle’s my funny bone. I just hope it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve heard good things and I’ve been excited about it since 2013.


That’s it for now. I’m going to spend the next few days outlining my next writing project and reading the complete Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.





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It Makes Sense in my Head

I am reading:

‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

While reading, I am compulsively, repetitively listening to this:

Two guys on electric guitars playing the soundtrack of Contra (a game you young whippersnappers may not remember).

It makes sense in my head.

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A Lifetime of Death

Odd kind of day.

Someone very close to me died this morning. I last saw her about a week ago. It’s common in these kinds of narrative to say she lost her battle with cancer, but somehow that doesn’t match what happened.

During a particularly difficult time of my life this lady was there for me, part of an army of friends who got me through it. I’ll definitely miss her (She still has the spare key to my car, come to think of it).

The important thing is she was at peace, she enjoyed where she spent her last days and she died talking to her son (with whom she had been estranged until recently).

She wasn’t very old, but I’m reminded of what Neil Gaiman wrote about the length of life in the Sandman collection Brief Lives:


Like everyone, she got a lifetime. I’m inclined to think that she is at the end of this life with it’s suffering.

I pour spirits onto the ground for her.

O’doju ala (we will meet in dreams).


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“I too am not a bit tamed…I too am untranslatable”

(The title is from Walt Whitman, by the way)

I’ve been away, busy at the SAFE blog.

I wrote this essay: Emic, Etic, and the Depiction of Otherness in SFF

(Yes, it’s an Oxford comma. That’s how I roll)


Dangerous Games edited by Uber-editor Jon Oliver is out. Go buy it.

It contains my story Honourable Mention which got this feedback:

‘“Honourable Mention” by Tade Thompson was the most promising story in the anthology. I still want to know more. A recent immigrant turns to the underworld(s) in a last attempt to make ends meet.’



Finally, I’ve more or less finished my book Rosewater. Beta readers have got back to me and I’m doing final tweaks before sending out.

I’ve also just about finished my story Household Gods. Still waiting on some beta readers for this.


Yes, I know. This isn’t  a post. It’s a list of boring stuff I’m up to, but I’ll be back soon to bore you with other stuff, I promise.

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