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The Methuselah Paradox


Twenty-third century Detective James Moran’s daughter is dying. A cancer pandemic targeting adolescents is sweeping the globe, thanks to a mutation in the ‘Methuselah gene’ which has successfully extended life for most of the population. If a cure cannot be found, humanity could face extinction within one generation. Moran travels back in time in a […]

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Indie Comics – to bravely go….


… Or to go bravely to!  Indie Comics are uncharted territory for this author.  So why would I leave my comfort zone (long-form novels) and venture into the unknown?  The answer is pretty simple: I wanted to see this particular story visualized in glorious colour. Preferably, with moving characters – animation or even (the holy grail […]

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‘Minding Mama’ – the next project!


‘Keep writing!’  Sound advice from creative industry ‘old-timers’ (by that, I don’t mean those authors are older than me, but that they’ve been writing long enough to know how it all works – and sometimes, why it doesn’t). Finish one project, and move onto the next, practice makes perfect (I hope) and all that… luckily I’m […]

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Writing: Character—Which Comes First, The Arc or the Backstory?


Originally posted on Amanda Down the Rabbit Hole:
In deciding to write a novel, I have taken on the monumental task of creating characters. Of course, when I first made this decision, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Whooo-Boy!? In previous posts I discussed creating personalities and senses of humor for…

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Daily Life


Life Imitating Art? Thoughts on Coronavirus When I watched Terry Nation’s drama ‘Survivors’ as a teenager in 1975, and even during a rewatch just last year, never did I ever imagine that I would one day experience a similar scenario for real. Along with millions of other people, I saw what was happening in China […]

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The Darker Side of Time Travel


“Time is an illusion…lunchtime doubly so.” (Douglas Adams, ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’) A spoiler-free review of Netflix’s dark sci-fi thriller, ‘Dark’ by EJ Jackson If you think ‘Doctor Who’ is “wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey”, then prepare yourself for the mental gymnastics of Netflix’s first German sci-fi thriller series, ‘Dark’. If you enjoyed ‘Stranger […]

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I Like Trucking!


I mean, just look at that sunset! Of course, it’s not a real truck… I don’t have a license to drive HGs (Heavy Goods Vehicles, for those unfamiliar with the acronym) and I have never sat in the cab of one in my life. So let me explain…. For my birthday in 2017 my son […]

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A New Book!


A few days months ago, I published ‘Minding Mama and Other Short Stories’ , my second short story collection. and here’s the back cover, which gives you a little summary of the stories: If you would like a review copy (free in exchange for an honest review on Amazon) please get in touch via my […]

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How To Create a Program Booklet


With so much informative content available online, it can be hard to sift through it all to find something really useful that won’t take an age to learn to implement (I’ll be writing a seperate post about that quite soon). And having multiple email subscriptions which, let’s be honest, most of us never have time […]

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How Many Genres do You Write in?


…. and should you write in more than one under the same name? I don’t know if there is a correct answer to that question – I think it’s pretty much down to personal preference, really.  Certainly JK Rowling writes in different genres, and uses different names for each. Although, since (I believe) most people […]

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I Never Thought I Would Say This…


….but I do believe it is time to scrap the BBC license fee.   My husband has been of this opinion for a long time.  For most of that time, I didn’t agree with him’ I enjoy their drama output (I think of my favourite shows and documentaries and the majority were either made by or […]

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The Alternative Apocalypse


o… you know what it’s like when you remember a show/film/book you loved as a child/young adult, and you wonder if you should revisit it, or keep it as a fond memory, because just perhaps it won’t have aged well?