New ebook covers

I have recently had to face up to something that I have suspected for a while, but been overly-optimistically denying to myself. For all my self pub ebooks so far, I have been doing my own cover designs (usually in Serif’s excellent DrawPlus). In the last few weeks though, I have finally admitted to myself that they are all a bit too homemade and amateurish. I have had great fun doing all of them, but I simply do not have the art and design skills to really do justice to them. Instead, I have turned to a professional – the excellent RLSather – who has provided these superb new designs. Continue reading

The Lost Monuments Archive


I have been waiting for a while to write this post; mainly because I have been trying to choose the most appropriate time. It almost came a few weeks ago, when we all received the fantastic news that ISIS has finally been kicked out of Palmyra.

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The Robot Uprising

A glimpse of the future?


One of the most notable events this week has been something that has reminded me of my first ever post on this blog. This has of course been the computer program AlphaGo’s victory at the ancient Chinese boardgame of Wei-qi (as a proud Sinophile who has lived in Taiwan for two years, I’ve spent most of the week being frustrated to the point of rage by everyone describing it as a Japanese game, even though the only differences between Go and Wei-qi are flat bottomed stones versus rounded ones, a slightly different scoring system and a more easily pronounced name) over Lee Sedol; the second highest ranked human player in the world. Continue reading

Literally Big Money

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(Rai Stones: the giant coins of Yap)

A friend of a friend recently passed my email to another friend who is just starting out as a writer. The friend wrote to me, including some pages from their latest work, and asking if I could spare the time to read it and give them some feedback. While I’m far from a successful or established writer (yet) I was happy to oblige. Continue reading