Category Archives: politics

Never trust a politician with a beard, he’s hiding something

Its October, the leaves are falling, the witches are abroad, and I’ve opened the blog up to guest writers again. Yes its Indie October. Throughout October some old favourites among my guests will be returning along with some new voices. … Continue reading

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The value of the craft…

How do you value the results of your craft? It’s one of those questions that’s always hard to answer, and harder to answer as a writer than, to give a random example, as a carpenter. So how does a carpenter … Continue reading

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Steampunk issues

Given current events I feel, rightly or wrongly, the need to have a conversation I have meant to have for a while. A conversation about Steampunk, a genre, subculture and in some cases lifestyle choice with which I have a … Continue reading

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Truth in fiction

Good fiction, good science fiction in particular, explores truth. In the case of good science fiction it often explores an uncomfortable truth by taking a concept and building upon it an extreme example of where that truth might lead. Really … Continue reading

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Strange connections

No Science Fiction writer ever changed the world… Or… perhaps they did, as a wonder through some strange connections on the internet will tell you… Star Trek: Voyager was not the best Star Trek franchise show ever, and was struggling … Continue reading

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Arts and Capitalism and Self employment – a rant

Originally posted on Meredith Debonnaire:
I don’t usually do politics on here in a big way, but I don’t know how not to right now. Almost everyone in my immediate family works in the arts. My dad is a musician…

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Cryptocurrency and blockchain: the complex made simple

This is a bit of an unusual book review for this blog I know, and not a subject I would normally delve into, at least not here. There are no airship, or dragons, or spaceships in this book…  Well there … Continue reading

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Writing Female Characters

I have over the years read too many books with shocking badly written female characters in them. I suspect I am not alone. Indeed I can give you a list of far too many ‘great’ writers who write awful female … Continue reading

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Quotes for 2020 #46 & 47

An on going series of a quote a day from those most worthy of individuals, writers…  Disclaimer: Not all quotes are meant to inspire… Not all comments I make upon them are entirely honest either, occasionally Hannibal writes them… In … Continue reading

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Quotes for 2020 #30

An on going series of a quote a day from those most worthy of individuals, writers…  Disclaimer not all quotes are meant to inspire… Not all comments I make upon them are entirely honest either, occasionally Hannibal writes them… Today … Continue reading

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