I used to be just an ordinary bloke. Now I’m a stereotypical unreconstructed white heterosexual cisgender male member of the oppressive patriarchal knobocracy and feel a bit guilty all the time. As Joe Walsh sang ‘everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed.’
I finally got my first 6 months worth of Royalties for The Brigstowe Dragons, put out last September by the estimable men and women at Alban Lake Publishing. Their terms are quite generous as I get 20% of print sales and 60% of any e-book sales - not bad at all in the sometimes cruel … Continue reading Royalties!
'Here Ug, what do you think of those white people?' 'I'm sick of 'em. Coming over here with their pale skin, their pointy tools and their agriculture. Send 'em back where they came from, that's what I say.' 'Yeah, you're right.' 'Be quiet. I'm going to have a nap, or an UgKip as I call … Continue reading Conversation by a British Campfire 10,000 years ago.
I saw some John Wayne film once in which he did something heroic and was invalided out of the U.S. Navy then took up writing. A friend asked him how it was going. 'Twenty-six stories, twenty-six rejections,' drawled big John. I don't know why but I always remembered that, probably from my childhood dreams of … Continue reading John Wayne, Rejections and Attention Seeking.
Woe! I received an email today from Phataxis saying that they are on hiatus and will be ceasing publication for a while. In the hard world of struggling SF magazines that might be quite a while. I hope not. It's a great little magazine with real quality stories. (They didn't buy any of mine, a … Continue reading Phantaxis no more?
We are often told that with so many stars in the galaxy - not to mention the universe - and so many Earth style planets being discovered it is impossible that there is no life on other worlds. The counter-argument to this is simple: where are they? Why haven't they been in touch? I recently … Continue reading Where are the aliens?
Today I gave up on Mailchimp. Last night I spent two hours trying to design a newsletter. This morning I spent three more. When I tried to send it some annoying red writing told me there was default text still in it. I looked until I was blue in the face but could find no … Continue reading Mailchimp no more