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This spooky-wonderful illustration by @AbzJHarding came up in my Twitter feed a few days back. The artist says that their grandmother would tell them to go to bed or ‘the Nine O’Clock horses would come to get us’. This wasn’t news to me. When I was a kid my mother would too say ‘come on, upstairs, or […]Read more "What The Heck *ARE* The Nine O’Clock Horses Anyway?"
There’s a weird Fight Club side to writing novels, I’m finding. If I can’t think of the right word I leave a mark and move on because I don’t want to slow myself down as I’m banging fresh story out. However, I do this in full knowledge a future Jim months from now will stumble […]Read more "Writers against themselves"
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That planned Uncle Albert spin-off series was pretty high concept. #OnlyFoolsAndHorses #NewWaveSF #PlonkerRead more
I’ve been thinking recently, would our species have achieved its intelligence, civilisation, technology etc if we hadn’t have been omnivorous? And, by extension,does intelligent life in the universe only (or very typically) evolve from omnivorous species? My thinking is that a carnivorous or herbivorous species is locked into a non-risk taking groove, while omnivores have […]Read more "The Omnivorous Mind"
Been playing around with backgrounds on Scrivener’s compose setting recently. To be honest I was wasting time: I figured any image around the page as I wrote would be distracting. Initially my instincts were correct. The bright white of the page doesn’t sit well with any imagery along its borders, at least not to me. […]Read more "Scrivener’s Page Fade Feature: Any good? Yeah, Actually."