Monday, 19 September 2022

Memory Walk


Yesterday's Memory Walk, in aid of the Alzheimer's Society, appears to have been a great success.  Hundreds of people turned out for the walk. Thankfully, the weather was kind to us. There was a chilly breeze from time to time, but the Sun was out more often than not, and the autumn colours looked splendid. The only snag was a malfunctioning camera! Other than a few shots, it decided to over-expose so most of our pics were useless.

The event was extremely friendly, well organised and marshalled. Thanks to all volunteers involved.

Just before the start I was admiring this marvellous bit of wood sculpture on the edge of Cooper's Field, just behind Cardiff Castle:

The 6km walk took us out of central Cardiff, along the Taff, up toward Pontcanna Fields. Along the way there was a chance to spy some wildlife, such as a kingfisher (tiny, but just visible perched on a branch). As a general rule in life, any day when you see a kingfisher is a good day, so this was a Good Day.

And a heron:

My wife and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our fund. Although the amount we raised is just a drop in the ocean compared to the vast challenge of defeating dementia, every bit surely helps. Our Just Giving page will remain open for a few weeks, and we'll be making a matching donation of our own to the Alzheimer's Society.

Thanks again.

Friday, 16 September 2022


 I'll say more after the event, but as we approach the weekend I'd like to thank everyone who has so generously donated to the page for the dementia awareness walk my wife and I will be doing in Cardiff in a couple of days (see a post or two below). It's much appreciated

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Read for Pixels update

 A note that you can watch my reading and Q&A in support of The Pixel Project by going to Youtube:

If you'd like to support the Pixel Project's campaign to end violence against women, you can visit their donation page:

I've got two things on offer. One is an ARC of Eversion (two of the three have gone already) kindly supplied by Orbit, for which - once the buyers are known - I'll supply a signed and personalised bookplate. I'm also offering a "critique bundle", by which you get to send me a piece of short fiction or an excerpt from a large work, and I'll offer feedback.

Friday, 26 August 2022

Walking for Dementia

 My wife and I will be doing the Memory Walk in Cardiff in support of Alzheimer's Society on September 18th. We'll be thinking of several loved ones but in particular my much-missed grandmother who was taken from us in 2009 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. This horrible, horrible disease must be stopped.

Should anyone like to support us, here's a Just Giving page at the link below.

Please, no pressure - we know how tight money is at the moment. And love and best wishes to all have been touched by this disease. We'll be thinking of you as well.

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Read for Pixels, a Reddit AMA and an interview for ProWritingAid.

 A few things to mention for the coming week or so:

The Pixel Project is - quoting from their website - "... a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women through campaigns, initiatives, projects, and programmes at the intersection of social media, new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts."

One of the activities of the project is the Read For Pixels campaign, a series of Youtube sessions with authors who support the initiative. This year I am one of those authors, along with Alan Baxter, Bracken MacLeod, Carol Goodman, Daniel H. Wilson, Jenn Lyons, Kathryn Purdie, Namina Forna, Nghi Vo, Rin Chupeco, Romina Garber, and Tim Lebbon. 

Again quoting from the website: "each livestream YouTube session will feature one author reading from one of their books and discussing women and girls in their books, why they support ending violence against women, and women in the media, geek culture, and popular culture. Each session will also include a live moderated Q&A segment for fans and book lovers. The sessions will take place on weekends throughout September 2022."

I'm doing my session on Sunday September 4th at 3.30pm UK time. Here's a link which will become active when the event goes live:

For much more information, hop on over to the Pixel Project website:

In association with that, I'm also doing a Reddit AMA over on r/Fantasy on August 31st. It's already listed in the sidebar over that Reddit page. Because of the inevitable time difference, Ill be doing the AMA over 24 hours so there will be ample time to get questions in and stand a good chance of an answer. It's over on r/Fantasy because that's the established venue for these events.

Unrelated to the above, I'm doing an online interview for ProWrtingAid as part of their Science Fiction Writers' Week. Many other writers are also involved. My slot is on Monday August 29th at 10.00 AM EDT/3.00PM UK. You do have to register.

Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Things To Do In Deimos When You're Dead

 My Asimov's story of the title above, my first in that magazine for more than twenty years, should be hitting the bookstores soon. I'm delighted!

Here's a link to the magazine:

And you can check out an excerpt of the piece here. It's a pretty long excerpt, but there's still a lot more of the story to come.

It's a totally standalone piece, by the way, not related to anything else I've done.

The same goes for a couple of other stories I've just sold. "Banish" will appear in the forthcoming Titan anthology The Multiverse, edited by Preston Grassman, and "Detonation Boulevard" will appear on Tot online via Jonathan Strahan. Both stories won't be out until 2023 (gulp!), so doubtless I'll post more about them nearer publication.

Back to the Asimov's piece now. The title is a blatant rip-off of "Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead" by the inestimable and much-missed Warren Zevon. So by way of gratitude, let's have some Warren.

Sunday, 7 August 2022

Possible issue with Kindle formatting on US edition of Eversion.

 I've seen a note on from a Mr Zimmerman stating that there appears to be a formatting issue with dialogue quotes in the US Kindle edition of Eversion. I'm not in a position to replicate the fault myself, but I've raised it with my US publishing team so hopefully there will be a resolution. If anyone else has seen the error, it might be worth mentioning it here. Thanks.