Passionate People, Passionate Places

Back in 2005 I took part in a campaign to help promote the North East of England as a great place to live and work. It started with a letter about the campaign which was sent to dozens of local businesses, including mine. At the time I was running my animation studio, Qurios Entertainment. I …

The Secret Star Trek Universe

Be warned: turn back now if you’re not a Star Trek fan. The Problem with Star Trek I love Star Trek. I love it all (in varying degrees). Always have, probably always will. My go-to incarnation is The Next Generation, but I can appreciate it all for different reasons. The adventure of the classic series, …

Steve Dillon: RIP

I was shocked to read of the death of comic artist Steve Dillon at the end of last month. I’ve loved his artwork since I bought the very first issue of Warrior¬†back in early 1982. This comic (and Steve’s contribution to it) was a massive influence on me. I was just eleven when that first …

2016 and all that

Last week I looked back on 2015 and what it meant to me. This week I’m looking forward into the giddy future of 2016. This year I’m writing more (or at least trying to) than in previous years. I’m slowly moving away from producing animation and focusing more and more on putting words into some …

Timesmith arrives in Brazil

Sometimes authors are the last to know about foreign edition release dates. That might seem hard to believe (I’m still getting used to it myself) but having spoken to several other authors it’s not unusual. So it was with some surprise and delight that I stumbled on a familiar image via Twitter. There was the …

Go Brazil!

Some people love football. They love everything about it! The highs the lows, the… er, goals. People who love the game enthuse about their favourite teams, arrange their entire lives around watching it on the TV, debate it with fellow fans. They’re obsessed, passionate supporters. Then there’s me. Hate is a strong word I rarely …

My 2013 – the best of times, the worst of times.

2013 was my first year as a proper published author, and what a strange, exciting, terrifying, anxious, fun year it’s been! I think Charles Dickens was onto something with his opening line from A Tale of Two Cities:¬†It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, …

Capturing St Paul’s

Earlier this week I had to go down to London for a couple of meetings. I used to live there and I love going back, especially on a bright sunny day. I decided to walk between the meetings, avoiding the sweaty nightmare of the Tubes, when I stumbled upon this beautiful square that reminded me …