Star Trek Discovery

Why Discovery is the best Star Trek to date, and so much better than Star Wars … What’s not to love about the new Star Trek? Discovery combines all the best elements from previous Star Trek series – ‘early’ tech (but not so early that it's boring), at least one alien...

Cheats for writing great dialogue

Here are some tips for writing better dialogue which I have picked up through my many failures at writing anything decent. Answer a question with a question. Have your character go off-topic. Don’t forget your action beats. Minimum every four lines of dialogue. Be...

Going Social

At last we have lift off for the Facebook page. Apologies for all who have been asking for some time. Why not follow me on Facebook and get all my updates and hot off the press breaking news at your fingertips? So next - Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus ... Where will...

A trope too far …

In reverse order, from pet peeves to pulling my hair out. Saving the world. Who cares about the world? It’s every man or woman for themselves. Magic wands, or anything that resembles one. Includes lanterns, staffs, amulets, cooking pots, car batteries … Farm boys....

The Joys of Olde England

Surely, there is no excuse for Fantasy authors in the UK. We live in an ancient country, full of mystical stone circles and haunted houses. You only have to turn a corner to see the spot where some thousand-year-old monarch had their head lopped off. Battles? Don’t...

Fiction’s Weakest Magic Systems

Caveat These are all great books/ franchises for many, many reasons. Love, and forgive, them all, and these are just successful examples, many other, less popular examples also exist. Today's definition of weak magic systems Vague, no-cost systems - aka. Soft Magic...

Stories in Sport

Now, some people don’t like sport – that’s OK – some people don’t like cats, cheese, or republicans. The reasons for not being engaged, and we’re talking about watching rather than playing sports, are varied and legitimate. After all, it’s one of the least...

The Imagination

noun noun: imagination; plural noun: imaginations the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. One of the major benefits of encouraging children to read is their better mastery of the imagination....

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams is undoubtedly one of the finest comedic modern writers the UK has ever produced. If you are looking for insightful satire and commentary on our modern way of life (yes the 80's still counts), set against the backdrop of the vastness of the universe and...

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