Terraformer released

Who feels like a bit of sci-fi? Awesome! Take a look at Terraformer: a sci-fi about a terraforming engineer that is enlisted by an old friend to transform a planet. I have to confess: this has a lot of clich├ęs in it. It is getting out everything I’ve ever liked about movies and books and shoving…

Journal App available!

A while ago, I wrote about a journal app I was making. I finished it to the point that I don’t need to add anything for my own use, so I thought I would release it into the wild. So, here it is on the Google Play store: Journal in Google Play Give it a…

Centurion Blood Now Available

Did somebody say “Historical Fiction?” Did somebody say “Ancient Rome?” I hope so, because that’s what I’ve just written about! Centurion Blood is a novella set during the second Punic war, when Hannibal of Carthage was marching on Rome. It is based on the Battle of Lake Trasimene- one of the bloodiest in history. It…

Who Here Keeps a Journal?

I do. I did. I used to. This is my third attempt at keeping a journal, and so far it is going well.  The first time was probably in 2009. The place I worked bought us all lovely hard-backed diaries for the year. We didn’t have a single meeting that year, and I was clairvoyant…

Sparkling Shiraz. Let’s Stop it From Ruining Christmas

Every year, my dad brings it out- a bottle of sparkling shiraz for Christmas. I’ve never been a fan of the stuff; I find the bubbles and the chill just don’t quite work. But every year, without fail, there it is. Sparkling shiraz…. Why? I’m not sure why but it is a tradition, and a…

Pinot Moi?

Ah, pinot noir… Is there a more unforgiving grape? Chardonnay, perhaps, but in the reds I find a pinot can be either an utter disappointment or a complete delight. It has become the wine that I hunt. My wife and I were in the Great Western district, and there are only a handful of wineries…

Fallen Giants of Wine

“Wine!” We were somewhere outside Ararat, and I was sick of the car. I needed a break. The brown tourist sign had grapes on it and the side road was dusty. It spoke to me. A hard left, a billowing cloud of dust- I drove down the dirt road; grapes on my right, nothing memorable…

Hands up: who has ever ordered a book from Wikipedia?

If you’re anything like me, you would have seen the ‘create ebook’ option on the left of Wikipedia. What? You haven’t? Go and have a look for it! (It is on the side menu on the main website.) If you’re anything like me, you would have made a dozen books and never even read them….

The Secret Review

I do love myself some crap fiction. Ah, The Secret… I have tried to find somebody I know that owns a copy of this for years, but until now it has eluded me. I think it is the wax seal on the cover. It just looks mystical. And then on the back they are talking…

At a wedding… Haunted by Bond

“Two cowboys, thanks.” Blank stare… “You know what a cowboy is, right? Blank stare. Baileys. Brandy…. “we don’t have bailey’s.” No baileys. I looked around: this was the kind of club that lived for Baileys. You know the kind of place: crap clients, crap drinks, sticky carpet, deafening music. It had a smoking room that…

Pi-Top Review, Part 4 (Final Thoughts)

Okay, it has been a few weeks since I received my Pi-top, and I thought it was a good time to lay down the final part of my review. You can find parts one, two and three littered around this blog. I’m too lazy to link them, and if you’re too lazy to search then…

The Last Mammoth – available now!

Hot off the press… My latest book is now available at Amazon. If you have a Kindle, get it here. It is a thrilling yarn about an old professor on the hunt for a Woolly Mammoth. It is only a few dollars, and it should surely entertain you for an evening or two.