Sunday, 14 July 2013

Short Stories

Have just discovered that the short stories I have been writing for Magnet Magazine each month since January 2013 are available online, free. You can download back copies here. This link was previously broken, but hopefully it's working again now. Thanks for letting me know.

Friday, 28 June 2013

New e-book

The Spirit Collection.

I have finally got around to e-publishing my poetry collection, which first came out in 2000. I have added some new poems, and a lot more illustrations. There's no particular theme, although there is a leaning towards natural history... A spirit collection  is the way museums store specimens which only consist of soft tissue, so they have to be preserved in alcohol because otherwise they'd decompose.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Dundee International Book Prize 2013

Click here for a link to the free e-book containing the first chapters of the thirteen books in the 2013 Dundee International Book Prize. One of which is mine.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Partialy leucisitic jackdaw

This handsome fellow landed in our garden recently - a partlally leucistic jackdaw. Leucism  is different from albinism. We haven't seen him again, unfortunately. Or maybe that's fortunate for the great tits, who have a number of babies almost ready to fledge...

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Spring has sprung

The adders are busy on the common. Yesterday evening I was lucky enough to see two of them being extremely friendly, something I haven't witnessed before. We also have a pair of great tits nesting the garden, and what looks like a few thousand tadpoles in the pond! Spring has been very late here in Surrey, but at last there are flowers on the strawberries and blossom on the apple trees. Lots of baby figs on the fig tree, too!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Creating Imaginary Creatures

I've got a new post on Do Authors Dream of Electric Books? It's about fantasy creatures, and how we amalgamate them them from different animals that we already know, as we can't imagine what we haven't experienced.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

New blog post on electric Authors

Check out my post on 17th March about re-illustrating books for the Kindle on

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

New Pinterest page

I now have a Pinterest page, which is pinned with my own illustrations, as well as book covers, photographs, and my father's paintings.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Three new Kindle versions of books - with new illustrations. I'll post one from each book below.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

It's my day!

I'm doing the guest spot on this blog today - it's all about how I use my travels in what I write.
Do Authors Dream of Electric Books?