We Shouldn’t Leave the EU

We shouldn’t leave the EU. Any arguments for doing so are terminally short-term in nature. The argument for staying isn’t.

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We Are All Dead

We are all dead,
And yet are told we live.
We do not have,
Any fucks left to give. Continue reading We Are All Dead

The Great Beast

Short fiction piece from my journal – Vol 6 – pg 51-53 – 11/06/2015

The great beast heaves and groans, giving an impression of huge forces at rest, barely contained. Its shining sinews glisten with the sweat exuded to ease the behemoth’s motions. The plates of its flanks, each taller than a man, slide over each other smoothly, with only the occasional squeal or percussive clank to reveal their metallic construction and the beast breathes with a low rhythmic growl. Continue reading The Great Beast

Feeding the Monster

Journal Transcription – Vol 6 – P 49-50 – 10/06/2015

I’m not living the life that I want to, but then who is?

At least I’m living. Continue reading Feeding the Monster

Thoughts About God

With reference to this FB thread

Assigning God a gender belittles the concept.

Here’s what I, a self identified atheist, believe. Some of what follows could be wrong, heretical, blasphemous, or all three, depending on your point of view. Fair warning. (It could also be considered slightly mental. It’s certainly not a mainstream belief system that I’ve encountered): Continue reading Thoughts About God

You may have noticed some changes…

Changes Indeed. I’m repurposing my blog again and simply going to fill it with whatever I feel like writing. Be that essays discussing what I’m reading. Interesting things I’ve been thinking about. Or whatever. Anything goes really.

This is more to exercise my muscles and get into the habit of typing again and keeping a blog up.

I’m determined to post something every day. I’ve noticed that I’ve been filling comment threads on FB with walls of text and thought I should channel that into something less… I dunno… ephemeral.

I have my Moleskines, full of rambling scribblings. I’ve been writing three or four (more often more) pages daily for more than a year now and have 5 volumes with the 6th just begun. So there’s plenty of material.

Previous posts are still there, you just have to dig through the categories on the left for them.

So, onward…


PS: I have made it known that I plan to write a book, I may reveal something of the thinking that is going into it here, so pay attention.

OK, Two Books Then…

I said in the first post after the redesign (available here) that I had the shape of a book in my head and it was going to be non-fiction. I’m not sure if this announcement is a good idea or not but I have the foundations of another possible book forming and this one is fiction.

The fiction work is more daunting as I’m going to have to do some pretty serious research so that it doesn’t clash with the existing canon of the setting. This is going to be interesting. Hopefully I can compartmentalise them so that I don’t end up with bits of one appearing in the other.

Will be posting progress updates and thoughts around the process or writing books so stay tuned. Maybe I’ll see at least one of them to completion this time…

M out

EVE VR: A concept (Not Valkyrie)

Let me tell you a story. A story of how things could be. CCP are making a lot of noise about their VR baby Valkyrie but aren’t really talking about how the tech could be applied to EVE. Now, I’m not a programmer or game designer, so have absolutely no clue as to how difficult this would be to do, if it would require rebuilding the entire engine or simply something that will sit between the interface devices and the client, but I still think that something like this should at least be attempted. If not by CCP then by someone with the ability to do so. So, let me tell you a story…

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And There It Is…

And that is the new look.

Let me know what you think.

The layout is based on the Papaver theme, which you can get here. There are three, two and one column versions.

The design on the left is one of mine, as you may have guessed if you are familiar with my previous work. I plan to get this design tattooed on my left inner forearm. I’ve been quoted £140.  I will be asking about UV ink for the inner knot, so it may well be more than that.

I was tempted, briefly, to expunge the archive of this blog. Deliberately this time. But I would be doing myself a disservice. What there is of it is fragmentory but it is a history of sorts. I recently lost most of the artistic and design work I had on my HDD (I know, don’t even start) What exists now is scattered across the ether of the internet and, thankfully, in my head.

I’m pretty sure I can ressurect everything that I feel is worth saving, and most of my writing is on my Google Drive anyway so I still have that at least. I use Google Drive as a bit of a scratchpad since I stopped using OneNote. I may sometimes offer sneak previews to valued commenters; those I value and admire the taste, ability and opinion of.

I am taking the opportunity presented by my loss to start again. I will rebuild, reforge and renew. In the process igniting the fire under something new.

Just so you know, I haven’t been idle the last three years. I have three and a bit Moleskines full of writing (and still growing, I’ll need a new one in a month or two at this rate) which I am now in the process of archiving, cross-referencing, and collating. There is a book there I feel. I have a lot more reading, thinking, and scribbling to do before that see’s the light of day though. I’m aiming for NaNoWriMo.

The shape of it is in my head. It is not, oddly, fiction. It is… something… from the mind of a mandrill.


PS: Yes I know that technically it won’t be a novel and so not within the strictest interpretation of the rules of NaNoWriMo. But I don’t care, I can be a rebel 😛