Fantasycon 2018

A (apologetically late) shout-out to anyone who’s going to be at Fantasycon 2018 in Chester this year!  There’s loads of wonderful people going, and I have a feeling large quantities of alcohol will be consumed as a side-effect of this; it’s also just a really friendly, fun place to meet fellow lovers of words and geekery.  I’m there this year from first thing Saturday along with a contingent of Orbit scribblers, and as well as doing a few events will just be hanging around and chatting.  Please do come and say hello. It also looks like the weekend after I’m…

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Never Quite Enough Time

Not least, never quite enough time to do a proper blog post.  Apologies for that.  It’s all been very patchy, and more and more I begin to have sympathy for my Mum, who despite being retired is constantly juggling time to try and find a moment to get things done. Where does it all go? Since getting back from holiday (GOD I WANT TO BE ON HOLIDAY FOREVER) things seem to have hit the ground running.  Lots of good things too – seeing friends, visiting family, catching up with people I love.  I went walking for a day along the…

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She Looks Back And Laughs

Things that my younger self would not quite believe about me now: 1. I have learnt a few things from actors.  NOT MANY – Christ, let’s be clear here, I’m still a techie!  I do not practice throwing invisible balls around a circle, and in a rehearsal room I don’t ‘offer’ my insights like a lotus blossom.  I plonk my ideas on the table with a 12V battery and a smoking hot soldering iron, and if it’s shit, that’s what it is.  Still a techie, guys.  However.  Before public speaking, perhaps a wee bit of warming up isn’t a totally…

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Adventures in Japan

Been a while since I blogged… sorry…. … BECAUSE I’VE BEEN ON HOLIDAY! HOOOLLLIDDAAAYYYY sing its name from the rooftops HOOOLLIDDAAYYY oh blessed state, oh bastion of wonder, oh holiday! As has been covered in this blog, I have perhaps recently been burning the candles at both ends.  Basically since the moment that RADA turned round to its students and reminded us that ten minutes early was already five minutes too late; Saturdays were for finishing glazing the floor and to leave before 10 p.m. was to let your team down.  Also that doing unpaid labour over your summer holidays…

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Still having (Brexit) nightmares

This is a post about Brexit. I didn’t mean to write it, honest. But I keep on having nightmares. Proper waking at 6 a.m. cold sweats. And because my brain is wired to write, I know sometimes that I’ll only get back to sleep if I do that. So here we are.  Sorry…. My night-terrors keep on spinning round the same old yarns, but it basically boils down to this: we appear to have lost the capacity for reason. Let’s break that down. The Office of Budget Responsibility, the government’s own department, thinks that we’re economically in for the toilet. …

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