Category: Musings

Thoughts, memorable moments, and other stuff I’d like to share

Join a publishing revolution – and support Combat Stress

Publishers Unbound have accepted my second novel, DRACA, about a war-damaged veteran of Afghanistan. I’m sharing royalties with the services charity Combat Stress. You can help make it happen.

Short Bursts

Lest we forget:

An old soldier still battles with his memories.

The Waterloo Rap

My wife and I were invited to a gloriously extravagant party recently, when we were invited to turn up dressed in the style of  ‘the French Revolution or Les Miserables’. We were also invited to submit a ‘limerick or clerihew’ on a relevant theme….

The Venal and the Divine

It was a weekend of contrasts. On Friday, I thought the traffic was even more intense, more impatient than usual. The evening news showed shoppers in feeding frenzies, coming to blows as the stores opened their doors on Black Friday. Christmas cometh, grab your wallets and fight….

“I never knew you were like that…”

Cindy Callens, on the Belgian book review site Draumr Kopa, kindly asked me to do a guest blog. I shared some of the more amusing comments people have made since Saxon’s Bane was launched. Click here for Draumr Kopa. Here’s what I had to…

Literature, Genre, and Geeks

In the last week, there have been a lot of threads on Facebook and writers’ sites about genre, and the challenges of classifying books. Back in August, the Hugo Award-winning SF & Fantasy site, SF Signal, asked me to write a guest blog on…

When I were a lad…

After Niall Alexander kindly reviewed Saxon’s Bane on his brilliant site ‘The Speculative Scotsman’, (click the image to read it) he kindly invited me to write a guest post. He even gave me the subject of ‘History in Fiction’ to link in to previous…

Weighing Anchor

The excitement is always the same; that sense of anticipation, of adventure, of setting out on the next leg of a voyage. It starts perhaps in darkness, with the boat snubbing at its anchor chain, making irregular swoops under the conflicting pressures of wind…

A Test of Friendship

I fear I’ve tested an old and good friendship. It began when a friend I’ve known since university days asked me to crew for him when he sailed his yacht from Portsmouth to La Rochelle. But, I pointed out, I haven’t sailed since I…