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Too Many Ideas - Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

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Sunday, October 27th, 2019

This is a little thought game for two or more players. I made it up to help explain world building to friends who aren’t into RPGs or writing. It actually first came about because of a long car journey I was taking with my Dad back in the early 2000s. Start with a simple premise… […]

How to Make Art

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

A friend asked on Facebook about art they could try / creative stuff they could do.  Here are a few random thoughts… Find a Great Teacher Find a great teacher who can teach you useful stuff.  Don’t find a lazy teacher obsessed with an old orthodoxy who just wants to take your money. My first […]

Bronze Age Pocket Junk

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

I’ve incorporated this blog post into a new page on Pocket Junk.

Fillin’ a Hole

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

(to the tune of The Hole in the Ground with apologies to Myles Rudge and composed by Ted Dicks and Bernard Cribbins) There I was, a-fillin’ this ‘ole ‘Ole in the ground, so big & sort o’ round it was And there was I, fillin’ it full It was flat at the bottom and the […]

Secrets and Mysteries

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

I’ve been reading The Secret State by Peter Hennessy and I was struck by the differing definitions of Secrets and Mysteries used to describe what security and intelligence services know and what its very hard for them to know.  Here are just a few initial thoughts on the impact of the difference on writing thriller […]

What Have they Got in their Pockets?

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

I’ve incorporated this blog post into a new page on Pocket Junk.

The Post Modern Spy Pentathlon

Friday, August 17th, 2012

After seeing The Bourne Legacy we were contemplating what should go into a Post Modern Pentathlon inspired by what a 21st Century spy might have to do when on the run in a hostile world.  While Bourne was the original starting point Mission Impossible, Bond and any number of other action orientated spy films and […]

Red Phone Box Stories Away

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I set out to write a Red Phone Box story back in June but couldn’t find its middle.  So I let it stew for awhile.  Yesterday I found the middle and got the first draft together.  It was 50% too long but I’ve edited down worse miscreant short stories to length (pretty much every Dirk […]


Friday, March 18th, 2011

When I took this picture of buildings all jostling for space with each other on a Liverpool street I was going to just post it as a throw away picture post. However this was one of the views, with its variety of buildings from different eras, that inspired my render Accretion City. So I thought […]

I was a Teenage Spam Bot

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Its funny how ideas can suddenly hit from out of nowhere. Well they feel like they come like flashes of lightning but really they must simmer around in the subconcious waiting for their moment. One hit me earlier – today seems to have been a day where I’ve picked up quite a few new followers […]

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