Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space

A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book for my grandchildren. Picking it up again in an idle moment I realised that it could be re-written and re-illustrated for a wider audience. So I did that, packaged up the new version and sent it to a couple agents. The response was quiet.Continue reading “Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space”

Is money real?

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened. I began to question, not for the first time, the value of money. In the world today we don’t have real money, we operate almost entirely on promises. You may imagine that the statement you get from aContinue reading “Is money real?”

3rd disaster – Carrington Event

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened. A repeat of the Carrington Event is overdue. In 1859 a huge geomagnetic storm hit the earth, caused by a solar coronal mass ejection (a storm on the sun’s surface). In the mid 19th century we didn’t haveContinue reading “3rd disaster – Carrington Event”

2nd disaster – Antarctic ice sheet

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened and the loss of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is a real and looming threat. I’m no expert on this, but I did read reputable scientific reports on the potential impact and level of threat. Large parts ofContinue reading “2nd disaster – Antarctic ice sheet”

1st disaster – a pandemic virus?

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has come far to close to reality – and we’re not out of the woods yet. After a lot of research I decided a flea-born viral encephalitis was as likely as any to break out. A new form could be difficultContinue reading “1st disaster – a pandemic virus?”

Three looming disasters

I like a good dystopian novel as much as anyone else, but I also have faith in society surviving disasters and believe that most people are fundamentally good – but not all. In the summer of 2019 I was reading about some of the problems the world is facing. Then I started to speculate onContinue reading “Three looming disasters”

Where do you write?

I am fortunate. After a lifetime of working freelance as an illustrator, graphic designer, copywriter and cartoonist, I have an established working routine and a studio with forty years history embedded in every dust mote – or I did have until we moved house two years ago. I now have a smaller, newer studio, butContinue reading “Where do you write?”

Writing can't only be a mirror

When I was a teenager I had no idea what it felt like to be sixty, or even thirty. Now I’m older I am told sometimes that I can’t possibly connect with the mindset of a younger generation. Frankly I think both opinions are misjudged. We have imaginationAnyone who is astute and observes those aroundContinue reading “Writing can't only be a mirror”

Timing is everything

I spent seven months writing a book about the world 100 years after it has recovered from a pandemic virus, rising sea levels and massive solar storms and what happens? The same month I started sending my manuscript out to agents, we get a pandemic corona virus and a threat that the western Antarctic iceContinue reading “Timing is everything”