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Neo Sword and Sorcery

This morning I’m pre-empting possible responses that might arise from the can of worms I may have opened in my last podcast (ep. 63), after I bemoaned the lack of sword and sorcery (a term originally coined by Michael Moorcock) … Continue reading

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New Sword and Sorcery IF Game Released: Rider In The Mist 1.0b (and Happy New Year too!)

Yeah, it’s done. Sort of still beta, but I wanted to release into the wild at exactly midnight. That didn’t exactly happen, but only by twelve minutes – so still within the witching hour as befits a sword and sorcerer/horror … Continue reading

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Interactive Fiction Game: Rider In the Mist: What the Hell is It?

Rider in the Mist is my foray into computer games, as both a writer and fan of good, old-fashioned sword and sorcery. Sword and sorcery, though similar in theme, is also different to the other zillion fantasy sub-genres in that: … Continue reading

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What Roy Did

So here I am, currently exiled to audio Siberia, i.e. not able to podcast. But it’s not as if I don’t have anything to do. Changes are afoot at the blog and the website, and the notes for the next … Continue reading

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Muffed Plot Logic in SciFi Movies: Looper, After the Dark (AKA The Philosophers) and Edge of Tomorrow,

You’re going to either have watched the following movies to know what the hell I’m taking about, or be one of the idiots responsible for writing-in the following screenplay muffs in order to give each of these films a happy … Continue reading

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Writing Progress and Unashamed Plug for My Upcoming Techno-Thriller The Horus Box

Here is a progress report, aimed primarily at interested publishers and agents. The most notable item on the list is my upcoming techno-thriller The Horus Box, the rough draft of which I will have finished next week. After that I … Continue reading

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Heads Up

Here’s a little head up. I write feature articles/columns, many of which never see the light of day and are consigned to the rejection pile of newspaper and magazine editors the world over. So instead of letting all those words … Continue reading

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Tweeting First Line of Daily 2000 Words, My Fiction, Your First Fiction?

2000 Words Okay, just to prove that I’m not a total flake after the magazine debacle, I’m encouraging myself to keep writing by tweeting the first line of each piece of fiction I write each day. Each piece, whether a … Continue reading

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#Nerds, #Writers, Earthians, Buy Me A Beer: Theron-Unpwned, Unwisely Consuming…, Old Olds…, Goat Attack, Grossip…, Prod-cast

Theron-Unpwned: Hi. Yeah, see, the thing about saying you’ve “gone-writing” is that it inevitably means that you’re not. So I thought I’d take a break from “not” and try to shake something loose by blahing on a bit.  So what … Continue reading

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Last Couple of Weeks: #StrontiumDog, #ThePunisher, #DoctorWho, #Poirot (#ComicBooks, #UK #SciFi, #TV & #Writing)

It’s been a weird few weeks, good in some ways awful in others. Average, in other words. There was a storm that did some horrible things to the abode: , lashing it with an unbelievable amount of rain… …and wind! But … Continue reading

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Hey, Wannabe #UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Writers! What's Better Than #NaNoWriMo? PLEASE RT!

Actually NaNoWriMo’s absolutely fine, but how about taking the next step and actually seeing your work published in a free online pulp mag? Interested? Of course you are! Okay, visit Star Adventurer Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror NOW! … Continue reading

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My Journalistic Hate List @NUJofficial @journalism @BBC @Guardian

Things… …and some I’m also guilty of committing: Articles with “Why You Should…” in the title. Articles with “N Reasons Why You Should…” in the title. Any “Top N Things” type listicle articles. (GUILTY!) Statistically unprovable rating schemes with “N … Continue reading

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#SciFi, #Horror, #Fantasy: "…send us a story if you think you can mix up some pulpy goodness…" #UK, #Canada & #Mauritius

I’m busy writing and not getting paid right now, in case anyone has any weird ideas of how I’m profiting from Star Adventurer Magazine (I AM NOT). So dust off your cynic’s hat and send us a story if you … Continue reading

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Slammed, #neRRRdcast, Upcoming #Screen #Reviews

I’m totally slammed with a zillion things right now.  I was going to my writers’ circle tonight (right about now in fact), but that plan has gone right up the spout.  There was also going to be a new neRRRcast … Continue reading

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News from the Man-Cave: #BSFA, #DoctorWho, Judge Mathur, #Writers' Workshops and Links

Busy day as usual, just a quick post.  Postie brought a few BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) mags this morning: I tried sticking my new press pass in my Doctor Who UNIT wallet that I recently won, but it kept … Continue reading

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NEW #STORIES at Star Adventurer Magazine of #SciFi, #Fantasy, #Horror and #Pulp

We have just published another two pieces of fantastic fiction over at Star Adventurer Magazine: Claws and Skyscraper Glass by Brock T.I. Penner (Science Fiction) Lollipop by Roy Mathur (Horror) I wrote Lollipop with these songs swirling around in my … Continue reading

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Update: Star Adventurer Magazine, neRRRdcast, Writing

Star Adventurer Magazine updates are on the way, both in the form of some minor tweaks to the site and new, pants-wettingly exciting stories.  Subscribe now! You can also expect a new neRRRcast in a few days. Huzzah! Now I … Continue reading

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Writing Submissions for Star Adventurer Magazine: Proofread Several Times Please

I’m addressing this post to myself as well as those thinking of submitting to Star Adventurer Magazine, so please do not be offended. I proofread and re-edited my last short-story, The Black Tower, for the final time and posted it … Continue reading

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Batten Down the Hatches: It's Writing Time!

Okay, I’ve slept, done the laundry, washing up and shopping, messed about with LinkedIn (thanks all 175 contacts), checked my email and fiddled with my social media.  Now The Captain is battening down the hatches and hiding away from the … Continue reading

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Star Adventurer Magazine: Please Read the Guidelines!

I cannot emphasise more strongly that prospective authors need to closely read the submission guidelines here. Granted, they have been in a state of flux, because we are tweaking things, and you may have been caught out by changes.  However, … Continue reading

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3, 2, 1… Star Adventuer Magazine is GO!

A second story has been published… It took a while, but we ARE getting there! A big thanks to all the authors who got in touch with us, and also for all the support we have received generally! Lurid, Trashy, Glorious … Continue reading

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Writing for Star Adventurer Magazine: "people wouldn't know pulp from a gaping, bloody .50 cal hole in their heads."

Despite an initial lack of response to my call for submissions, some short stories are starting to trickle in. Unfortunately most people wouldn’t know pulp from a gaping, bloody .50 cal hole in their heads.* Pulp, Hard-boiled, 70s-style Hammer Horror, … Continue reading

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Update: #Website, #Blog, Star Adventurer Magazine, #Writing, #Podcast

Website and Blog: I updated my home webpage and wasted far too much time learning about the Google Font API, before deciding they mostly looked nasty, giving up and returning to CSS-thinned Times New Roman. Also, as you can see, … Continue reading

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#Writing, #Writers Circles, Software and 12,000 Visitors!

Writing: I lost momentum on my main writing project, a detective novel, due to laziness. Now, coming back to it after months, I have found an appalling mess of jumbled chapters and a mobius spaghetti of half-a-dozen plotlines. You should … Continue reading

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Dear Demented Diary: Bye For Now.

The moment I say that I’m going to finish all my fiction writing projects, I manage to find ways of procrastinating, that may seem worthy, but are just avoiding the terrible, universe-consuming vortex of the blank word processor screen. Somewhat … Continue reading

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#Wasting #Time Not #Writing…

See title, busy for a few weeks. Bye.

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No #Sleep Til…, Getting Published, #Skyfall, #Fringe, #Writing, #Blogging & #Podcasting

No Sleep ‘Til… – After so many late nights, indicative of insomnia rather than hard work, I slept on and off for most of the last 24 hours and I’m still tired. Getting Published – I listened to the latest … Continue reading

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Final Thought for the Day: #Write MORE! #writing #nanowrimo

Final thought for the day – Barbara Cartland, the one-woman-romance-factory churned out “6,500 words each afternoon from 1 to 3:15 p.m. and completed a book at least every couple of weeks.” Time to reorganise my time-table.

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The Moving Finger Writes and Having Writ Moves On! @guardian #writing #uk #blogging

*My comment policy of always including a hyperlink to my site in each comment has turned into a THING with the Guardian.  Amazingly the mod wrote to me saying- “we want to make the site a forum and not a … Continue reading

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No Good News Today, So I'm Doing The Only Thing Worth Doing: Writing

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Today I Decided to Finish Writing My Novels

Bugger waiting for NaNoWriMo or making excuses.

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Freakyovercaffeineatedantiprocrastinationtodolist4today

1. I WILL NOT use the following words- “so” “well” “anyway” 2. I WILL write next week’s column. 3. I WILL work on books. 4.  I WILL NOT blog again until I do all of the above.

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My Bucket List: Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock…

Feed the demon of typomania and write more, and get published. DONE. Self-published on Kindle, other books in the works too. Learn on ANY DAMN INSTRUMENT how to play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Improve my child-like drawing … Continue reading

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The Continuing Voyages of Captain Roy: 138 Cities in 18 Countries and Counting…

Before we start, I’d like to clear up a few things. In my various online profiles, you may see the words “accidental tourist.” Why? Sure, sure, William Hurt was great in that movie, but as you know from the movie, … Continue reading

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How to Screw Up NaNoWriMo

The very same day you started NaNoWriMo, you started a diet, enrolled in a gym and began worrying about the bank account, which meant you also started to go to job interviews (ironically for writing jobs). You went to bed … Continue reading

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