Starting writing again

August was so busy that I had to stop writing, and then I had to catch up with housework (at least sorta kinda catch up) before my son’s birthday party. But now most of the really urgent stuff has been done, and I can start work on the novel again. And in a burst of unusually nice timing, I have some information I can use. I realised a while ago…

September 6, 2015


After 4 days off in a row, the house is looking cleaner and tidier. The heaps of “stuff to tidy later” have shrunk noticably. I bought fly swats instead of just cursing the flies. I submitted two stories. I’m feeling loads better too. In fact, I know I’m fully recovered because I’ve finally got the urge to write fiction again. And I’m back to work tomorrow, so I won’t have…

August 28, 2015

Finally put to bed.

Book tucked up in bed
June 1, 2015

At long,long last, the Spanish second edition of my guide book to the observatory, “Una espectacular ventana al universo” has gone to the printers. I’ve been trying to put it to bed for weeks, but it kept wandering downstairs asking for another drink of water. Here it is, finally tucked in with its favourite bookmark. In other news, Padwon needs a new home. I’m told he’s very well behaved and…


The grand combined blog

HAnds holding a glowing Earth
May 6, 2015

I had too many blogs. There was the La Palma blog, and the personal blog with the writing stuff, and one about astronomy and one about El Hierro. Plus there was my bookshop and my main site (or at least it used to be my main site, but it was very neglected and old-fashioned.) All this took up far too much of my time and interfered with writing. So I…


Hank Quense’s Kickstarter

I’ve enjoyed the pardoy novels of my friend, Hank Quense, for years. Now he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish his next novel, Moxie’s Decision. Why? Hank says he has two reasons: because the world needs more parody stories and books are expensive to publish. (I can relate to both! I want to see how this goes too.) The Kickstarter Campaign will run from May 1 to…

May 2, 2015

Website progress.

I seem to be winning. The site is up, and looking fairly pretty. I’ve sorted out all the pages (the stuff on the fixed menus at the top) and imported all the posts from and, although the photos stayed behind. I’ve managed to find a plugin to help me move all those photos, and I’m steadily working my way through, importing photos and tweaking. I’ve already got most…

April 28, 2015