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Dirk Dangerous and the Giant Balls of Doom now Available at

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

It’s over a year since Astonishing Adventures #8 came out including Dirk Dangerous and the Giant Balls of Doom.  I think that’s long enough to leave it before posting the whole story here.  So now available for your delectation and delight the first adventure of Dirk Dangerous and his companion Johnny – Dirk Dangerous and […]

Works in Progress Update

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

I realised I’d not posted a progress report on any of my writing for ages. Its far too easy to update twitter and forget to mention stuff here. I finished a completely rewritten draft of the Role Playing Game that’s been occupying a lot of my writing time for the last year. The plan was […]

Liverpool's Pyramid – William Mackenzie Tomb

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The 19th Century Church of Saint Andrew on Rodney Street is known locally as the Scotch church. It was a Presbyterian church built to serve the Scottish community of Liverpool. The church was closed in 1975 and is in an extremely poor state. In the small graveyard is a rather unusual grave in the form […]

Leave out the (Steampunk) Kitchen Sink

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Daneofwar asked a question on Twitter in the middle of Sherlock on Sunday night… Why are fantasy ideas of settings based on the 19th century always so unoriginal? Steampunk blah blah blah goggles blah blah blah. I didn’t have time for a long answer then (too busy watching Sherlock) but I think Brian has touched […]

Why I Write Reviews

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Why do I write what I call reviews? The short answer: Because it helps me think about my own writing. The long answer: I used to write what I’ll call proper reviews, they’d appear in Valkyrie and Ragnarok.  My review of 7th Sea produced at short notice got me the writing gig with Valkyrie so […]

Speed – the Modern Mercury

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Above the main door into the Georges Dock Ventialation Tower and Central Station is this statue: Speed – the Modern Mercury. The relief in Portland Stone (one of my favourite construction materials) is seven meters tall including the base. It was designed by Herbert J. Rowse and the sculptor was Edmund C. Thompson assisted by George T. Capstick.

Red Wine and Red Ink

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I was going to post about some work I did this afternoon with Vue, light filters, arrays of lights and other good stuff I’ve been working on to restart my series of lighting tutorials for Vue. However a reasonably decent bottle of red wine from M&S put pay to that idea as I got sidetracked […]

Create Sexy Characters the M&S Way

Friday, September 25th, 2009

I’ve done an update of an old blog post about describing characters as though their food in an M&S advert and put it up as a page in the impworks site proper to make it easier to find: Sexy, Memorable Characters the Marks & Spencers Way.

Dirk Dangerous and the Giant Balls of Doom – Accepted

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Astonishing Adventures Magazine has accepted my short story Dirk Dangerous and the Giant Balls of Doom for issue 8.  I’ve one minor rewrite to do and I’m going to look at adding back in some of what I cut to get it down to 3000 words since their word limits gone up since I first […]


Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Prompted by a discussion on the SFSFW’s mailing list about alternate history I’ve added a page for a revised version of my STEEPVM series of blog posts today.

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