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My Reading Year 2016

As this is my last blog post before 2017, it seems appropriate to round up my year’s reading. I did well this year – almost a hundred books read from cover to cover. I’m not counting books I bought and … Continue reading

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Guest Blog from Gail Z Martin in Praise of Halloween

Please welcome Gail Z Martin back to guest on my blog on her Days of the Dead blog tour. Gail writes… I’ve been informed that the candy-fueled, commercially-costumed, liquor-infused, over-the-top-decorated celebration of October 31 is a primarily American oddity. We … Continue reading

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Fantasycon-By-The-Sea, 2016

Grand Hotel, Scarborough, 23rd – 25th September , 2016 Fantasycon was… interesting. It remains the most writerly of cons with most panels aimed at writers and peopled by writers and industry professionals. Its progamme is hard to fault and there … Continue reading

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Humour in Fantasy and SF

Joe Monti’s piece on the Tor.com website In Praise of Humour in Fantasy and Science Fiction prompted the following thoughts. I’d love to be able to write humour. Joss Whedon is my hero for his snappy one-liners. Buffy the Vampire … Continue reading

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Science for Fiction Writers 2016

Last week I attended Science for Fiction Writers, an event organised by Dave Clements (or that should be Dr David Clements), a senior lecturer in astrophysics at Imperial College, London and also a writer of science fiction. Science for Fiction … Continue reading

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I’ve just spent four days in Bath researching Georgian buildings and costume and generally soaking up the atmosphere of one of England’s finest Georgian cities. I don’t actually use Bath as a setting in my work in progress (Silverwolf, the … Continue reading

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Looking forward to Eastercon / Mancunicon

Eastercon – held over the Easter weekend – this year in Manchester, hence the name, Mancunicon – marks the start of my convention year in the UK. It’s one of the most literary of the British cons, though it has … Continue reading

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