Year: 2015

Platforms and Puppies

As a reader I was oblivious to the Hugo Awards, right up until I subscribed to The Interzone. Then the award became a ‘thing’ – something that SFF writers aimed for or respected. The more I lived in the writing world the more aware I became of the power and respect behind this award, an…


Happy UKYA Day

Today is #UKYA Day. If you don’t yet know what UKYA is, read this or believe me when I say UK young adult books are a good thing! I don’t want to know what you’re reading, nope. I’m not going to give you a list of stuff I love. I have a bigger challenge for you….


Guest Post: Jo Zebedee – How I Lost My Agent.

This week, I bring you a guest post from Jo Zebedee author of the upcoming Abendau’s Heir from Tickety Boo Press. The lady has been through some trials despite/as well as getting that publishing contract. We authors fixate on goals, on getting up that “career ladder.” Perhaps it’s not so simple as climbing up to…


Burning Temples, Culture and Accessibility.

Last night (March 21st) saw the burning of the Temple. A wooden temple built overlooking Londonderry, the 2013 City of Culture.  Late yesterday afternoon the Temple’s architectural avatar built by Adam Clarke, BlockWorks and Sparks on Minecraft received the same fate. When I first heard about it, I immediately thought of The Burning Man Festivals…


Minecraft, the Journey

I first encountered Minecraft through gamer-friends, who whispered and then shouted ‘You should really try this.’ I didn’t. How could any pixelated game offering hope to capture the game world? ‘But it’s digital Lego. You gotta try it.’ The eldest daughter started nattering for the Pocket Edition of the game shortly after. In hind sight…