The Watchmaker's Wife

22 Aug 2012

The lovely people at Daily Science Fiction have been kind enough to publish my story, The Watchmaker's Wife.

The story started life as a picture I made. I showed it here on this blog and Milo James Fowler asked who she was. I'd never thought of her being anyone, she was just a picture. But after I read the question, the name 'the watchmaker's wife' popped into my head and I felt the first inklings of a story nagging at the back of my mind.

So I wrote it.

This was the picture.

The Passing-Bell

11 August 2012

My story 'The Passing-Bell' is published in the 'Triangulation: Morning After' anthology, published by Parsecink, and available from Amazon, and probably other places.

Loads of good stories in there.

The Collector

1 July 2012

The lovely people at Goldfish Grimm have published my story, The Collector. They also interviewed me, which was fun.
The other story in that issue is Happy After All, by A G Carpenter. Check that out too. It's great. Sharing an issue with Aggy is the icing on the cake :)

Blood and Water Podcast

12 June 2012

Just to let people know, My story 'Blood and Water' will appear on Every Day Fiction as a Podcast on the 18th of June. It is being read by Folly Blaine.
If you enjoy it, don't forget to give it stars to let Folly know what a great job she did!

Listen to it HERE!

Blood and Water

22 May 2012

Today my story Blood and Water has been published by the wonderful people at Every Day Fiction.

Counterfeit Pound Coin 5

7 May 2012

Well, this one is great. The pictures say it all. The heads side is particularly awful, and the edges are a joke. Even if the writing was legible, the letters wouldn't line up with the letters on a genuine coin of the same type and date.

Heads You Win

1 May 2012

My story, Heads you Win, has just been published by the lovely people at Comets and Criminals.

Far From Shore

15 Apr 2012

Today the wonderful people at Bent Masses published my short story Far From Shore.

Fish Bridge

8 Apr 2012

A bridge to help fish swim upstream. I hope they appreciate it.

The Words of the Prophets...

22 Mar 2012

... Are written on the subway walls.

Or any wall, really.

History Comes in Layers

28 Feb 2012

Some towns have more history than you can shake a stick at. Carmarthen is one of them. Admittedly the county council seems to be determined to replace all that history with shiny new retail opportunities and 3D cinemas, but there is still some of the old stuff there.

Yesterday I had to go for an appointment, and the vagaries of rural buses left me hanging around in Carmarthen before the shops had even opened. So I wandered round taking photos on my phone.

This is part of the castle gatehouse. Behind it is the wall of the old gaol that was built in the shell of the castle, and behind that is the roof of the grim county council building they built to replace the gaol. It's history in layers on the landscape, an onion of pain and repression.

This is the front of the gatehouse, in the rain.

See those little windows near the top? You can get up to them and look out. You have to climb these stairs.

In front of the gatehouse there is a square (it's not square, but only someone who knows Carmarthen will get that joke). In the square there is a plaque commemorating the martyrdom of some bloke in 1555. They burned him to death for being the wrong sort of Christian. I took a picture of the plaque, but it didn't come out very well.

Some of the most interesting things about a town like this are the places behind places. The tiny lanes that you reach through an arch in the wall, the bits of roads that used to go places but don't any more. These are all the  remnants of an older town, an ancient place that's all but gone.

This is Bridge Street. It used to lead to the bridge until it got chopped off by a dual carriage way. Someone has painted a penguin on the wall. I think that's rather cute.

I have no idea what this place is really called. I know it as Smoker's Alley, but that can't be it's proper name. If it is, I really want to live there, just for the laugh.

That's all for now. After this the shops opened, so I went into Waterstones and browsed the books until it was time for me to catch my next bus.

Maybe I'll take some more pictures another day.


16 Feb 2012

In my calendar, spring begins at the beginning of February.
And there should be snowdrops.

I saw the snowdrops a few days ago, so I knew it was spring, even though it's freezing cold. I saw them from the bus, and I couldn't take a picture. But here are some from a previous year.

Counterfeit Pound Coin 4

4 Feb 2012

Well, here's another one, and once again it's a bridge coin. This time it's Thomas Telford's suspension bridge across the Menai Straits in Wales.

So, it's not so much a matter of what's wrong with this coin, but what's right with it. It's faults are very similar to my previous post on the Egyptian Arch bridge. Soft, fuzzy impressions, fat lettering, appalling edges showing evidence of filing.
The heads side is unevenly impressed, shallower on the bottom right.
In both cases they got the two sides aligned correctly, and that's the best you can say for them both.

One interesting feature of this coin, but which does not show up on the photographs, is that the heads side has a faint texture. It is covered in a series of tiny lines that give it the look of brushed aluminium.

In the Hollow Heavens

31 Jan 2012

I took this picture a couple of days ago. It's rubbish, but in real life it was beautiful.

The moon was a tiny crescent, sharp as a knife, with Venus beneath it, just after sunset. When I first saw it from an upstairs window, the horizon was green and gold. But the window doesn't open. Well, it does, but then it doesn't shut properly.

So I got the camera and I went outside, and I couldn't see the horizon any more, and the camera wouldn't focus on the moon, so it's fuzzy.

But it reminds me how beautiful the reality was.


22 Jan 2012

The lovely people at Comets and Criminals have published my story, Mayflies. It can be read online, or the whole issue can be purchased from their site.

And a picture.

In Return

15 Jan 2012

The nice people at Every Day Fiction published my story 'In Return' on January 8th. So I'm a bit late with this announcement.

And here's a picture because I always do a picture.

Fun With Fractals

9 Jan 2012

Yesterday I discovered a fractal program called Apophysis. It's free, so I had to have a go.

I made these.