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Two launches and a landing

on November 15, 2014 - 12:08

Last week was pretty intense.

Philae landed on a comet. That astounding piece of work, humans putting a robot on a comet, has been a highlight.

I did an exam. The last exams I did were in 2001. I don't get exam nerves, and I actually quite enjoy the experience. I do work intensely hard to do my best, and it pretty much wrecks me.

And I launched a book. More accurately (and less dramatic): a group of people, of which I am one, launched a book of short stories lastweek. There is more stuff on the blog about that. So now I will tell you about the blog.

Delibarately coincidentally, my good

My Digital Life

on October 18, 2014 - 18:46

I am bad at blogging. It is a long time since I published and there are about 10 unfinished posts in this blog. All of them have something to say, but the thoughts can't find the time to work their way out of my mind and through the keyboard to be free.

Too much life happens.

I live a digital life. Work and play is almost all digital. I connect digitally. I play digitally. I spend a lot of time online and on screen.

The things I love to do best: astronomy, writing, reading are all mainly done by screen these days.

A Letter to Steven Moffat

on August 11, 2014 - 19:02

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a bit of a Doctor Who fan. As a fan since about the age of 8 or something, I figure I've earned my fanstripes. I'm about the same age as Steven Moffat so I feel no need to be a shy fan. Growing up is optional.


On the occasion of Doctor Who coming to town I thought I'd share my biggest gripe and my greatest wish. Both involve Steven Moffat. 


Dear Steven Moffat,


You need more women writing Doctor Who episodes.


It's all in the numbers: Modern Era. Nineteen guest writers. One female writer.


Despite all the great work that Doctor Who does


on June 18, 2014 - 21:23

Once upon a time....

I want to talk about stories. I want to talk about how a small contribution to a movement about stories (the Able Movement) can make a contribution to the lives of people with a disability.

It all starts with crowd funding. Crowd funding is a great social movement. Lots of small contributors enabling all kinds of projects. And the instigators of the project remain completely in control. They are not controlled or directed by their funders. All they have to do is to provide the rewards and do their best with the project.

I've contributed to four crowd funding projects

The Next Grand Marketing Plan

on May 16, 2014 - 16:16

UPDATE: I'm telling myself that I learn a lot from these exercises. It turns out that the discount was only available in the US and I had completely the wrong structure for my Goodreads ad campaign. So it was really another failure of indie book marketing. Except that I really did learn stuff.

Today I launch a marketing campaign for Albatross. After the dreadful timing of my last attempt, I have been patient and things are ready to go. I have purchased some pay per click ads on and I have a Kindle Direct Publishing Select Markdown special going all this week.

That's right,