Random thoughts

This is where I will store that collection of random thoughts that cross my mind and need writing down. It’s like the old drawer in a dresser where you cram in useless stuff in case you want it some day.

Spaceship orbiting saruen

Will & Ned’s Adventure in Space A story book I first wrote and illustrated for my grandchildren, but now developed for a wider audience.

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how rainbows differ over centuries

Interesting Stuff About Rainbows My second youtube animated video. Rainbows have always looked the same, but not everyone has seen the same seven colours…

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gold bullion

Is Money Real You may think that your bank statement guarantees your money, but there’s no pile of cash or gold anywhere to back those promises…

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how to count digitally

Interesting stuff about counting Why we have twenty-fours in a day, sixty minutes in an hour and sixty second in a minute. Go straight to the video here.

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A glacier eroding

Three looming disasters In the summer of 2019 I was reading about problems our planet faces. My novel Hope Island is about life long after those disasters…

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picture of age and ethnicity

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…

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two people holding name cards

Choosing character’s names My character’s names often change as a novel develops. Sometimes the original name just doesn’t seem to suit the way the…

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act like a human

How to act like a human Everyone human being is made slightly different. Given that there are now over seven billion of us that’s pretty remarkable…

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storyboard

Plots and storyboards I had no idea how ‘real’ authors developed plots. Previously I had tried to write a novel with very little planning and…

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Bauhaus Legacy I was mentored by George Adams in my first year of studying Art. He was an artist who studied at the Bauhaus under Walter Gropius in the 1920s…

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gender fluidity in writing

Gender fluidity in creative writing I am a man writing women’s commercial fiction. I never set out to trespass into a genre that is usually written ‘by women’ and ‘for…

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debris on my creative plotting desk

Does the world need another novel? Probably not, and yet I’m writing my fourth novel. So why? I don’t have a simple, single sentence answer…

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writing aid character spider

A Character Spider My focus is on Emily Hamton, she takes centre position in this diagram. However, the novel is written from the POV of Richard…

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a mixture of drawings of faces

How not to get a Literary Agent Before submitting any material I read through the profiles of over 150 agents. But I didn’t only read their profiles, I read their…

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