The “Dammit! I wish I’d known that” Moment

(A few surviving tally sticks; the original “Stocks”)

It’s something that happens to all of us. After getting an idea, you work hard to put it together in the best possible form, you finish and feel satisfied, and then you stumble across something which – if you’d known about it at the start – could either have made the process much simpler, easier and quicker or enhanced the finished product. For writers it can come with an especially irritating edge, as I’ve recently been reminded of when it happened to me a few days ago. Continue reading

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Why I love… Early Video Game Art

 (Western Gun, better known as Gun Fight, 1975)

The first video game I ever played that wasn’t a handheld was Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Megadrive, over many happy hours at the after-school club at my middle school as an 8-10 year old. Previously, I’d enjoyed lots of different games on handheld devices (some of which I still have at the back of my wardrobe, long after I’ve dispensed with most of my other childhood toys) but somehow, home console games had slipped underneath my radar. Continue reading

How we will (eventually) beat online piracy

Once again, I need to start this post by apologising for the wait. The good news is that the main cause of my recent slow down is now behind me. I have finished “The Lost Libraries Archive” and – while there are still some revisions to come – I’m aiming to have it up on Amazon and Wattpad relatively soon. (Unfortunately, I may soon be going back to square 1 on my posting speed as I am beginning a new project, the first novel of a new series, side by side with the editing. More on this in future posts).

As I’m planning to bring “The Lost Libraries Archive” out online, I thought I write something today about a common concern among new authors have in the internet age: digital piracy. Continue reading

My writing update (The Erik Midgard Case Files Volume 2)

I have just settled on the title of the second Erik Midgard book. The writing is going well and “The Lost Libraries Archive” will hopefully be available in a few months. The ebook tags are going to be exactly the same as Book 1; science fiction, time travel, detective and murder mystery. To celebrate the sequel, I am going to be posting all the chapters of the first installment of Erik’s saga “The Time Traveller’s Ball” on Wattpad here for online enjoyment. I hope you all like it and as always I hope its as fun to read as it was to write. I will also be unveiling the cover of “The Lost Libraries Archive” here fairly soon.

The ultimate white elephant’s graveyard

Millions of unwanted E.T. game made by Atari were buried in a landfill

One of the most disappointing things in life has to be when you tell somebody something cool – or at least what you consider to be the funniest and most interesting thing that’s happened recently – only to find out that they already know about it. This has happened to me recently with the excavation of the Alamogordo landfill site in New Mexico. Continue reading