14/01/16

It’s not quite New Year anymore, but it’s still a new year, just like all the others that went before it. I don’t have any resolutions as such, just extensions of previous attitudes. There are only two types of resolution anyway- those you were already going to do, and those you were never going to do. Top of the agenda for 2016 is “leaving the audience”

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What The Force Awakens

Since I wrote at length on how I was too afraid to watch the Force Awakens, I figured it only makes sense to share what I actually thought of it. First things first. I liked it. I thought it was very good. I say this now and I say this first because there is this disappointing culture of people who think passing critical comment on something is the

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Jingle Bells, Kindle Sells

It’s Christmas (did you know?) which once again means that The Christmas Santa Slept is free for Kindle and Kindle-enabled devices! Pick it up from Amazon UK here, or Amazon US here. Other countries are available, of course. Anywhere you can normally buy it, you won’t have to buy it. It’s also the season to share some of my other Christmas-related

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Je suis Paris

I have so many thoughts and feelings after what happened in Paris yesterday. Some are complicated, some are simple. I loved visiting Paris last month, and felt a real sense of the place as a community with personality in its own right. All I can repeat is what I always repeat. Call your friends. Hold your family. But tomorrow, go out and play. The

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08/11/15

Oh no! The dreaded “Sorry for not posting more!” update! York Festival of Writing was fantastic as always. I’m really starting to zero in on closing this (final?) draft of The Wrong Ghost, and everything after this is just tweaking and editing. I know, I’ve been saying that for a while. I was in Disneyland Paris last month, and have never felt

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27/07/2015

This unexpected sick day seems like an excellent chance to catch everybody up. Most these digests seem to finish with a promise to “focus largely on my novel” or “really concentrate down on The Wrong Ghost”. Well lately, that’s true! With the rapid approach of the fantastic opportunity that is York Festival of Writing, I’ve successfully cleansed my

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11/06/2015

It’s been a month of check-boxes vanishing! Not too long after getting hold of full-time employment, I was able to arrange a hospital visit for surgery for which I was originally expecting to wait nine months. That gave me four weeks at home taking painkillers, frustratingly unable to form a strong enough thought to get any decent written work done. I do

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09/05/2015

Well it was a little anticipated, but I’ve started being paid to sit at a desk for 35 hours a week again. It’s taken me a bit of a while to find my feet and get back into my work-is-not-my-job stride, but I have done, and just in time for both my birthday and the election season. Naturally I produced another of my yearly observational videos, with the

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