The grand combined blog

May 6, 2015

I had too many blogs. There was the La Palma blog, and the personal blog with the writing stuff, and one about astronomy and one about El Hierro. Plus there was my bookshop and my main site (or at least it used to be my main site, but it was very neglected and old-fashioned.) All this took up far too much of my time and interfered with writing. So I…


Hank Quense’s Kickstarter

I’ve enjoyed the pardoy novels of my friend, Hank Quense, for years. Now he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish his next novel, Moxie’s Decision. Why? Hank says he has two reasons: because the world needs more parody stories and books are expensive to publish. (I can relate to both! I want to see how this goes too.) The Kickstarter Campaign will run from May 1 to…

May 2, 2015

Website progress.

I seem to be winning. The site is up, and looking fairly pretty. I’ve sorted out all the pages (the stuff on the fixed menus at the top) and imported all the posts from and, although the photos stayed behind. I’ve managed to find a plugin to help me move all those photos, and I’m steadily working my way through, importing photos and tweaking. I’ve already got most…

April 28, 2015

Why aren’t I writing?

January 10, 2015

  Why aren’t I writing? I’m a writer and I should be writing! I’ve been reading John Scalzi’s “You’re not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to the Coffee Shop”, and he often produced 5,000 words in a day. Welp. Maybe it has something to do with trying to catch up with cleaning and laundry after the party season, and the quarterly tax return, and taking the decorations down,…


A new(ish) printer

Yay! I have a printer again. It’s second hand, but it works, and I managed to install a driver so it talks to the computer. I can now get on with FINISHING THIS DANG BOOK!

October 25, 2014


I’ve been wrestling all week with the software to sell ebooks from my new site at, and just when I finally got a file associated with each product (the file you actually get to download), Paypal changed their terms and conditions. Smashwords are telling authors to remove fiction that contains themes of bestiality, rape, incest and under-age sex at the behest of Paypal who say it’s to comply with…

March 8, 2012