The End of the Day – Cover

NEW BOOK!  New book new book new book wheeeeeee! And other deeply literary sounds. This is the story of Charlie.  Charlie is the Harbinger of Death.  It wasn’t his first career choice, but then he didn’t really have a career choice, he just wanted to pay off his student debt and pay the rent.  Charlie enjoys music, nice food, and is trying his hand at online dating.  He’s not sure why Death chose him to be Harbinger, but there’s plenty about the job to like.  Lots of travel, albeit economy class; decent pay and holiday time, an office in Milton …

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Why We March

I did not go to the Women’s March in London to march against one man, or one idea, or law, or one nation. I did not walk in rage, or because I am more oppressed than another, or because my voice is uniquely powerful, or uniquely right, or uniquely true.  I am privileged in many things; my privilege did not come from a vacuum, and does not buy the right to isolation. So I went marching, in solidarity with an idea.  An idea of equality for all – for the men who are denied a right to express their anger …

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Learning About Cameras

“It’s like a light… there’s some lenses, only this time instead of pushing light out, you’re taking light in.” Makes it sound so simple.  After many years of saying I should get a camera, my partner cracked, and got me a camera.  And there’s so much to learn.  And so many pictures to take!  And so much light to muck around with.  And a whole new way of looking at the world. It’s going to take me years to get any good at any of that.  Thankfully, to make up for my lack of skill, there has been a lot …

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Grammar Is (Not Really) For Wusses

Sometimes – not very often – but sometimes…. It is worth throwing out the conventional laws of grammar. Let me add, a great deal of bad text has been written by people who have decided that they’re above the basic laws of language, and piddling details such as narrative, character or the meaning of words are for lesser people who don’t yet appreciate their genius.  Grammatical laws exist to propagate meaning, which is all we’re in the business of doing. A lot of people over-use grammar, especially when they’re writing a speech or something academic. “It is my opinion, that, …

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Wonderful SF/Fantasy Movies

This is by no means a comprehensive list.  It also (grudgingly) cheats and includes some TV.  It is a list of stuff that leaps to mind casually on a Friday afternoon… and absolutely, like the book list, needs fleshing out more!  That said, in no order whatsoever….  Lord of the Rings.  Okay.  So it’s far too long.  It’s TERRIBLY written.  If you actually stop and listen to the words, it’s bad.  The acting is pretty shocking in places, and while the Hobbit improves on the acting a bit, we’re still talking about some deeply, deeply flawed movie-making on many levels, …

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