(In which I finally have time, and must decide what to do with it) After six months of not having a job (other than stay-at-home dad) I’ve finally reached a stage where I feel like I can concentrate on Getting Stuff Done. I’ve got the house (and most importantly, kitchen) the way I want it, I’ve got a routine for looking after the children (trips to museum/park/indoor playground in the morning, home for lunch, tidying up during the post-lunch nap, then more sedate activities in the afternoon before making dinner at 5pm) and have managed to carve a small but […]
Jacob was decanted today. Four hours, waiting in the clinic for him to get out of the tank. God knows rebirth is never easy but we’ve done it often enough that I don’t see why there needs to be such a fuss made. The important thing is that we make sure the shuttle company pays the compensation. The claim investigators aren’t certain what went wrong yet but it looks like the explosion was caused by a freak micrometeorite strike rupturing a fuel line. The shuttles are supposed to be protected against this stuff, but this is typical of the Luna […]
(In which I earn a crust as a person per hour) [This is the second version of this post. The first (much longer) one was finished at just before midnight last night. I pressed publish, and WordPress said something had gone wrong. And then the whole post disappeared. No saved draft. Nothing. I was rather irritated, but I guess it’s a good reminder that I ought to cut down on my waffling…] Just over six months ago now, I left Ninja Theory and became a full time dad. It had been a great job, but I was burning myself out. […]
(In which I give FREE a chance) This blog post kind of got away from me. The important part of it is this: I’ve uploaded a story for you to read. It’s called The Wizard Of Willingborough. It’s 7,500 words long. Go read it! Now, on with the waffle. Months and months ago, I decided to run an experiment. I’d been listening to some podcasts where authors were saying they’d published short stories on Kindle, with no fanfare or marketing, and were making a bunch of money from them. I figured they were really lucky, and as they were known names […]
It is spring when the wizard moves into the house opposite Emily. Crisp and bright, after a drowned March when rain had closed the sky with soggy grey cloud and done its best to turn Willingborough into a drowned village. Yesterday was a solid iron sky and the air more water than oxygen. Today all is sunlight and late frost. The eggshell blue sky seems simultaneously high and just overhead; almost painfully bright after the depressive storms of the past weeks. Emily feels unready for the sun. Her mood has matched the weather for so long that this sunny day […]
(In which my subconscious tries to trick me into pursuing my heart’s desire) On Monday morning, I woke up happy, excited and incredibly motivated. By the time I left for work, I’d returned to my usual slump-shouldered husk. (Just kidding about the slump-shouldered husk bit, but much of my initial va-va-voom had gone). All because of a dream. I dreamed that I’d launched a Kickstarter campaign. Its goal: raise enough money for me to quit my day job – forever – and write full time. Naturally, being a dream, the campaign had been funded, and I was just about to hand […]
(In which I make a surprising discovery, and update an experiment) There’s been an idea sitting quietly in my head for a few months, out of the way, disturbing none of the other ideas jostling for attention. It’s just been calmly waiting off to the side, patient, nodding at me whenever I look at it. I’ve been writing a short story for a long time. It’s a fantasy western whodunnit, sort of. I’ve been slogging away at it, wanting to get it down on paper, but never being too satisfied with it. I’ve rewritten most of it five or six […]
The first blog post is up at the blog I’m doing with my sister – The Imaginary Lands Guidebook.
The idea is that the blog will function as a conversation between us, where I give some thoughts about a film, book, TV show, game or whatever (in this case, Kubrick’s The Shining), and then Alex replies to that and adds thoughts of her own. Which I then reply to and so on, until we’ve run out of things to say. But we won’t be sticking to one ‘text’, so there’ll be more than one conversation going on at a time, hopefully. And ideally there’ll be reader comments filtering in too.
(In which I go my own way…) Good grief, that’s a bad post title. Misleading, too. It suggests I’m anti NaNoWriMo, when I’m not. Maybe I should just start again. But I’m 30 words in now, so I feel committed. Best just plough through and pretend this never happened. I am NOT doing NaNoWriMo this year. I have absolutely no chance of writing 1667 words a day. I know this because my wife and I have a deal. I get to spend the evening writing one day while she makes sure the house is all clean and tidy and anything […]
(In which I scream “BUY MY BOOK”, realise I have psychic powers, and begin again.) By Cthulhu, I’ve been busy. And it’s all been for naught! Well, nearly. In my last post, I mentioned in rather vague terms that I was doing writing at work, and that it was taking up loads of my ‘personal’ writing time (as I was getting really deep into researching for it and it was taking up my evenings), and that I was loving it and I thought there was a chance I’d be seen as “the guy who can write” at work. I also […]