Tag Archives: Writing

The end of the world is nigh

Lightning by vegglefrog (Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0)

Lightning by veggiefrog (Creative Commons License CC BY 2.0)

Don’t worry. This isn’t about Trump. I’ve returned to my first love – science fiction – with two new novels in the pipeline. The first is a conspiracy thriller set in the near future, the second an apocalyptic blockbuster set in the present day. Continue reading

Click the like button, or don’t

So, Facebook has introduced alternatives to the Like button. They are Love, HaHa, Wow, Sad and Angry.likeloveLike, wow. How sad. That makes me angry, because haha, some of those words are verbs, some are adjectives, and some are exclamations. They don’t go together, Facebook! And anyway, I’m never going to use them, because, well, obviously, you know? Continue reading

Mourning the living

As a child, I mourned greatly the death of my great-grandmother, who died on my thirteenth birthday. Later, my grandmother, who died a few months before I married; and then my other grandmother, who shared the joy and anticipation that my wife and I felt at expecting our first child, but never lived to see him born.

Just recently I have mourned the death of another man, who, although we were not close, meant more to me than he probably ever realised.

Now, as the warmth of summer slips into the coolness of memory, and another autumn begins, I find myself mourning the living. Continue reading

My new book is published!

Strange Thoughts Random MutteringsDo you know those newspaper columnists who cynically bundle together their previously-published articles and release them as a book? What a brilliant idea! I decided to do the same. Continue reading

Irresponsible parenting

18When I was a teenager, the films that my friends and I most wanted to watch were marked with a large, lurid “18” logo. There was no explanation whether this was because of sex, violence or bad language (or all three.) We had to guess from the cover. Nowadays, the situation is more nuanced. Certificates are accompanied by explanatory material, justifying the rating. Continue reading

The Yoga Sutras, one year later

theyogasutrasMy debut novel, The Yoga Sutras, was published one year ago today. Publishing the book was a huge personal achievement for me, but it’s hardly been a bestseller. In order to punish myself for this failure and engage in some self-flagellation, I’ve decided to take a hard look at reviews of the book and see what I can learn. Continue reading

A Pessimist’s View on Inspiration – a poem

penYesterday I wrote some advice for an 11 year old friend of my son, who had been unsuccessful applying for entry to a highly competitive school. His mother, Sharon, sent me the following poem, which Robin wrote on hearing that the school had turned him down. I present the poem to you here with his mother’s permission. Robin, I remind you, is 11 years old. Continue reading