Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mixed Media Sketchiness

acrylic, ink,water colour

acrylic, ink,water colour


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Rising Gone Zen


Lazy sketch to go with a lazy post which will be little more than a link dump.

I’ve been reading:

Ecko Rising by Danie Ware.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

“It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless automat of characters.
And if all of us are play-acting, there can be no such thing as a soul mate, because we don’t have genuine souls.”

Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

“If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy, or both. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

-Listen to this funky throwback:

-In terms of global warming it’s later than you think

-The further evolution of comics to gender inclusivity…maybe.

-Neil Gaiman and Audrey Niffenegger in conversation for over an hour. You’re welcome.

All right. It’s Sunday, go be with your loved ones.






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Street Art: Brighton






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Signal-boosting: House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

Yeah, this is a book I’ve pre-ordered and am looking forward to reading.
You should pre-order it too. Aliette is an amazing writer.

From the Beloved Country

Today was the cover reveal day for the US edition of Aliette de Bodard’s upcoming novel, House of Shattered Wings. I remember Aliette talking about this novel before it was the novel and I remember thinking–that is the novel you have to write. It’s wonderfully written, evocative and deep and the concept is mindblowing and original. As Aliette writes on her blog: A book about devastated Paris, fallen angels and the ruins of a once great House.


From Aliette’s Blog:

“In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians’ War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain…

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John Murphy, In The House, In A Heartbeat

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Lawino issue 3 cover

Lawino 3 ebook cover

Lawino Magazine is out today. It’s an African fiction and poetry eMagazine, with a particular focus on Uganda.

That there’s a cover painted by me in acrylics. Yes, it’s bloody, but there’s a murder story. I had no choice.

Available in html, pdf, epub and mobi.



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In The Monkey House, in a Heartbeat.


Here’s a sketch.


Now, then.

My short, dark story THE MONKEY HOUSE is up today in Omenana issue 2, available at all good Interwebs. Go read it. I’ll be here when you get back.


Okay, so remember my upcoming novel MAKING WOLF? Well, the publicity people have put it up on Goodreads.

There’s not much to see, but, you know, watch this (and that) space.

Okay, ’nuff said, go be with your loved ones.


Reading: The Scar, China Mieville

Listening to: Work, Bob Marley





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