2016

Review: "Pale Rider" a novelisation of the film

Alan Dean Foster is an author whose work I have read and owned since I was a teenager. In the mid-1970s I saved up and bought one of the books of the animated Star Trek series that Mr Foster had written. When I bought the book of Star Wars just after the film came out, ostensibly it was by George Lucas but it turns out that Mr Foster ghost wrote

2016: Personal lessons learned

2016 in summary 2016 has been a shocker for me. It started off when my workplace decided to restructure and my position was among those that vanished. So I left at the end of January only be told three working days later that I needed an eye operation to stop me losing my sight. The best (sarcasm) thing about that was that it would take around 12 to 18 months

Changing the front page of my WordPress site again

Hi, Just a brief one for my regular readers.  I have changed the layout of the front page of my WordPress site. As some of you may remember, earlier this year I examined the idea of running my own business. The idea revolved around bespoke reporting for small businesses in my region. Hence I redesigned the front page of this site to support the concept. Alas I made some small

Suicide Squad - I really enjoyed it   #SuicideSquad #DCMovies

NOTE: I intend to avoid spoilers as best I can, but will talk in generalities that may (or may not) hint at things. So read on at your own peril. Truth be told, I found little entertainment in the first two films of the DC Extended Universe. I will probably get some hate for expressing that. Thing is, the original comics and the animated series and movies were just so

“Success” is a buzzword, nothing more. True or False?

My wonderful and insightful friend Mustakettu85 (please visit her page) recently commented on one of my posts the statement ““Success” is a buzzword, nothing more”. It made me think, and I love anything that makes me think. This is a response. I am going to admit from the very beginning that I do not know in detail the thoughts that underlie this comment. Knowing Mustakettu85  they are probably very deep. So

My growing appreciation of Roger Cross (@theRogerCross , #DarkMatter #Continuum)

OK – I know it’s probably daggy (is this word used outside of Australia) to tag the subject of my blog post in the heading so that it will appear on his Twitter feed, but what the heck. I am only just learning all this Twitter stuff (WordPress and Instagram are my normal scenes). Thing is, I am really starting to enjoy seeing Roger Cross in television series and I am happy

SyFy have released a great video about The Expanse television series #TheExpanse

The video’s description is “Adam Savage (of Mythbusters!) takes you behind the scenes of The Expanse and gives you a look into Season 2!” Well, Adam Savage is in it, but the video is so much more. OK, in some ways it is a 20 minute commercial for the series. By this I mean that it has sound bites from various actors, directors, scientists and fans. It also jumps quickly

Today I deliberately deleted several chapters of my novel

It was painful, but I finally listened to advice provided by many writers upon writing – I deleted several chapters of my novel. Well, technically I just cut and paste them into another document, but it still hurt. The problem was not that the chapters were no good. I actually felt that they were fine. It’s just that they did not take my characters on the journey that I finally

A great video by Bryan Ogilvie - 5 stupid things intelligent people do

No long post. Just sharing. So today I stumbled across this video on YouTube. As I watched it I realised that it described me perfectly. How many of you think the same? Smart guy that Bryan Ogilvie. Greg    

Book review: "The Abominable" by Dan Simmons

I first stumbled across Dan Simmons’ writing around 1990. The book was a science fiction delight called “Hyperion”. It was a science fiction epic, a Canterbury Tales for space and time travel. Since then I have frequently indulged myself in his novels. As an author he leans towards the fantastic, whether it be in science fiction or horror. And be warned, they are not light weight. “The Abominable” held certain expectations.

Personal update (keratoconus, work, performance, writing, art)

Hi folks, Thought that I would give you all an update. I’ll divide it up into themes :) Health Currently recovering from a rejection of my cornea graft. Two weeks ago I was at a point where my eye was red and so swollen that it was permanently shut. A whole lot of medication later and it is almost back to normal. Having to drop antibiotics into it every hour. What a

Idle thoughts about how we can reform democracy

OK – here is a big question and I will probably get myself into hot water with this, so I am asking for forgiveness in advance. But I find myself reading lots and lots of commentary regarding recent decisions in democratic countries. For years now I have also listened to lots of people complaining about every side of politics. Eeeek! I guess the first thing to consider is whether or

Book review: "Downbelow Station" by C J Cherryh

During the visual convalescence I slowly read old paper-based novels. One of these was a re-read of an old favourite: “Downbelow Station” by C J Cherryh. First let me mention the version I own. It’s the 1986 Methuen edition and it has a great cover by artist Chris Moore. Mr Moore’s website can be found here. He is a great science fiction artist and well worth checking out. I also

Cinematography of spacecraft in "The Expanse"

If you haven’t seen it yet, “The Expanse” is a recent science fiction television series based on the series of book with the same name by James S A Corey (actually the alias for two authors working together). The first in the series is “Leviathan Wakes”. I really love this series of books and was lucky enough to stumble on them almost as soon as the first one was published. Anyway,

Book Review - "Sinister Intent" by Karen M Davis

I must admit that I enjoy crime novels. My all time favourite series is the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly. They just have great characterisation, a lovely poetic yet economical style, and good stories. Anyway, during my convalescence I tried to read a paper based book for about half an hour each day (I figured that it would not strain my eyes too much). And one of the books that

The slow journey back

Hi folks, Yes, the stranger is slowly returning. As I’ve mentioned before, I have been resting the eyes a fair bit and mostly focusing my creativity around music and singing. I’ve also been job hunting. When not doing these I have been catching up on television. But I might talk about this latter in another post. So where am I at? My eye recovery has been slow but steady. My most

Creating a Zebra poster using DAZ Studio and Photoshop

Despite sore eyes, a couple of weeks ago I made a Zebra poster for one of my daughter’s friends. He had expressed great delight at my art works and had a birthday approaching. I asked him what he wanted and he told me that he wanted me to make him a black and white poster of a zebra. As I am having a good-eye day, I thought that I would

Recent months away from the PC

Hi folks, I find myself at the PC today, so I thought that I may drop in and say hello. I’ve been avoiding the PC for a couple of months. It all started after a visit to my eye surgeon in July. Once again he refused to remove any stitches. Once again my eyes seemed to show only the smallest amount of progress. They are just not settling down, he

My artistic influences - Patrick Woodroffe

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series My artistic influences

Hi folks, This is the first in a new series of posts (not that I am giving up any of my other series). In this series I will examine the various artists and books that have influenced my own art over the years. The trigger for this is actually feedback that I have received in recent times that my digital art is not art. “What?!?” I hear some of you

Tunak Tunak Tun echoing through our home

OK – this has nothing to do with anything that I normally discuss. All it is is me sharing Rhiannon’s latest passion in music. It is called Tunak Tunak Tun and apparently all the kids at Rhiannon’s local school have fallen in love with it. Indeed, Rhiannon actually showed me some video she took at school of her fellow students dancing on desks to this, and she herself is learning