Subscribing to Photoshop

I finally bit that little bullet that had been nagging away at the back of my brain for weeks. It was inevitable, really. I felt there was no point trying to develop photography skills with a camera and kit that cost me the best part of £500 if i wasn’t going to bother learning photo […]

Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Our lovely little corner of the country attracts millions of visitors every year. Coastal resorts such as St Ives become choc-a-bloc with tourist from the spring through to early autumn. Land’s End and Sennen Cove and the striking coast of West Penwith are amazing and inspiring for creatives. If it isn’t the coast, there’s the […]

None of Us Are Getting Any Younger, So Enjoy It

Perhaps a more poignant reflection for the end of 2018. It has been a difficult year in many ways, but by no means the worst I’ve ever experienced. I would say “bittersweet” with the start of 2019 looking like beginning with a bright future right now. January started as any other did – I had […]

RIP Yasmin Selena Butt

The internet is now so intricately linked in our lives that we can’t imagine life without it. I wouldn’t have a job if it wasn’t for the internet. I wouldn’t have connected with other writers (and readers). Love or hate Facebook, you can talk to people all over the world with a common interest. Without […]

Taking Up Photography – Maybe as a Side Business?

I have always had a keen eye for landscape and building photography but I’ve never considered myself a particularly good photographer. Sometimes I just seen an image and think “ooh that’s nice” pick up my camera (or in this case my smartphone) and snap away without any thought beyond creating a good header image. I’m […]

Another New Laptop. This one with SSD

It barely seems yesterday I was excited about the Hewlett Packard laptop I bought right about the time my work level picked up. The previous Samsung I had was four years old and on the verge of death (quite literally, a subsequent attempt at a disk scrub revealed a critical hard disk failure). In fact, […]

Are You Ready for Dead Lock?

Visitors and observers of my Facebook Page yesterday watched my exciting announcement of my completion of horror thriller Dead Lock. Only the first draft, of course. I will spend the next few days correcting the proof copy before sending out review copies to those who have already agreed to review it. Yesterday was a cold, […]

Dead Lock Cover and Dead Heat 2nd Edition Cover

It’s nice to be able to start adding the final touches to Dead Lock now. Yesterday afternoon, I posted the new cover image and a new cover for Dead Heat, but I want to go into a bit more detail about the changes. Firstly, I wanted the Dead Lock cover (see below) to be a […]

A(nother) Sample of Dead Lock!

I really couldn’t be any more pleased with myself about how well work is progressing on the follow-up novella to my horror comedy Dead Heat. I’ve been working on it in bits and pieces most of the year but only in the last month has it all fallen into place. I’m going on holiday soon […]

Book Review: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

The TL;DR version of this review: This is the travel guide to Britain you never knew you needed 😀 I’m a Bill Bryson convert. Just as he has adopted the British (genetic?) predisposition for sarcasm and deadpan delivery, I’ve adopted his unique writing style. Like many Americans, Bryson always wanted to visit Britain. But his […]