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
One of my long time armchair interests is astronomy, a subject I’ve kept a foot in for a long time. I’ve always enjoyed the myths and legends associated with the stars, planets and constellations and the rules and logic of astrology; which (even when you don’t believe in them) are rich sources of writing inspiration, and I know both my Roman and Chinese star signs (Scorpio and Tiger). I don’t read New Scientist regularly anymore, but I keep an eye out for interesting new theories and discoveries. The most recent one that has gripped my imagination is the exo-planet Gliese 436 b.