Category Archives: writing

My Arthur Dent Life

Since this Lockdown life began, like most people I have had good days and bad days. Days when the technology works, days when it does not. Hours of frustration, moments of amazing joy that I am still making a difference. In the old normal, Wednesday was the hump day. The one we all slogged our […]

Show me my photos

(This is a Google prompt inspired piece written by predictive text. Enjoy. Or not.) Happy New year and thanks for all the work you have done. I’m currently working on the project and I have just finished my PhD thesis with a couple of other locations. The first chapter is very often a little past […]

A Frustratingly Ranty Day

Technology is a wonderful thing… Assuming it works. If/when it doesn’t… When I started teaching technology was an overhead projector and whiteboard and a photocopier; replacements to the outmoded chalk board and bander machine of my youth. Now we have computers, interactive screens, and all manner of technology. All of which require that voodoo called […]

After Banana

I will admit its been a struggle to find something to write about in the last week or so. Where could I go after Google and the banana bread? I couldn’t, could I? I threw myself into my writing. Got my Bluetooth headphones to work and listened to “Shady Solicitor” just one more time – […]

The unbearable Slowness of Sunday

Is the word for today. The Internet, computer, brain; all fail to meet expectation. My spyware scan is the worst. That’s beyond slow. Bordering on painful. Not even at the half way mark. A marathon walker would be quicker. Not sure how long it’s going to take. Still, what else is there to do? I […]

The unbearable Slowness of Sunday

Is the word for today. The Internet, computer, brain; all fail to meet expectation. My spyware scan is the worst. That’s beyond slow. Bordering on painful. Not even at the half way mark. A marathon walker would be quicker. Not sure how long it’s going to take. Still, what else is there to do? I […]

Sleepless

Head full of thoughts Tumbling, jumblingI stare as Heavy dog, resting his head On my foot, dreams. Twitching happily, Running free.I envy him. For me, sleep dances out of reach So I scroll through Facebook, twitter; play pokemon and candy crush In the witching hour Hoping to feel my eyes become heavier than a dreaming […]

Apr 16

Thursday of the Apocalypse

Short post from me today. I need to break the back of the WIP if I am to complete the first draft by the time I return to the virtual classroom on Monday. So I shall leave you with this thought: you know you’ve been at home too long when you try to log on […]

Apr 13

The things that obsessed me – Yesterday

I did not blog yesterday, not because I did not want to. I did. Not because I forgot. I did not. Every so often my brain reminded me, but because I’d got to the point in the WIP – current title The Terrified Tailor – where three things obsessed me. The first was a knife […]

Apr 09

William Melville Returns

Currently sitting in the inbox, or possibly now on the desktop of my poor publisher, is a copy of Symington Byrd’s third adventure. Set during Byrd’s sojourn in Fournier Street, its a tale of revenge. However, more importantly it sees the return of one of the historical figures from my time travel trilogy: William Melville. […]