Publishing on Amazon is a tyranny.

You sign up, prepare your final draft, and translate it into a format an e-reader can, erm, read. Continue reading “Patronised.”


Reading State

Over the last few days I’ve been constructing a video for my Patreon page. I’m quite proud of it so far but it needs more time.

So today, instead of a that, I’ve got an excerpt from Iain M. Bank’s short story collection, The State Of The Art. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love this man’s books. This particular story takes place within the vast confines of his Culture universe.

Go out and buy a copy. In the mean time, here’s me reading a little bit just for you.

Local Hero

The Bristol Cable is a local paper in my home city of Bristol. Created using a cooperative model, it’s already pulled together nearly 2000 people.  Continue reading “Local Hero”

Driving Time

In the UK, depending on who you talk to, views of the Soviet Union range from ‘that wasn’t proper Communism’ to ‘it was worse than Nazi Germany’ to ‘everybody was fed, everybody was housed, yes there were problems but…’. I’ve made these ‘quotes’ up, but over my time of swinging around the political spectrum, of talking to people from all sides of the left/right debate the USSR is hard to avoid. Continue reading “Driving Time”

Stand Up Guy


I’m not a fan of autobiography. As a genre I suspect it has fallen the way of reality television. We, as a culture, read these books not for insight into this person’s or that person’s craft. We do it so that we can spy on their possessions, be titillated by their encounters with other famous people.

Continue reading “Stand Up Guy”