Category: Life

Fantasy fiction writer, reviewer, reader and Gamer

I got myself a Patreon account.

For a number of months now I have been considering opening a Patreon for the site. The main intent is to provide a means to promote and build a community around what I do and while doing so – hopefully cover the running costs of the site. Today after much debate I launched my Patreon!

Review: Estranged Ethan M. Aldridge

Estranged, at its core is a story of kindness, belonging, identity and family. It is a masterpiece that dwells on the concept that whoever you are, whatever your circumstance, you deserve to be loved. It is the story of Edmund a changeling and the unnamed ‘Human Childe’ who must get to grips with a world…
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Writing: My progress on the Evoker.

have been writing the Evoker for almost 19 years and in that time the world, the plot the characters have changed exponentially. In many ways, the Evoker…

Review: Castle Swimmer by Wendy Lian Martin

Castle Swimmer is one of those webcomics which I could easily have missed, but I am so glad that I didn’t. It is an absolute pleasure to read, even though the plot is somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster. Set in an underwater world, populated by…

Yukine’s been in the wars!

If there is one thing I have learnt about Cockatiels it is that they are terrible schemers. They lull you into a false sense of security, aided by their terribly cute appearance and as soon as you let your guard down they strike. Today while doing the daily cage liner change, I made the fatal…
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I got a new Cockatiel: Yukine

Introducing my new 11-week old Cockatiel: Yukine. It’s only been a few months since Chakuro died, but I decided the time was right to get another cockatiel. So on Saturday, I brought an Albino-Lutino Cockatiel. It took quite a while to decide a name, two days, whereas Chakuro had a name within a couple of…
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Writing Fantasy and Sci-fi: Tools I find invaluable

Writing any novel is a daunting and mammoth undertaking which requires many hours of dedication and a truckload of patience. I have lost count how many times I have read back a chapter or a scene only for there to be something wrong. As a writer of high fantasy, my world building is paramount. To…
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The Loss of Chakuro

It is a strange thing to own a pet. No matter their form, they make a place in your life a little space that you don’t notice until it becomes a gaping hole in their absence. I had Chakuro for just over a year. Though I had thought for many years of getting another Cockatiel,…
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Final Fantasy VIII: Why I’m excited for the remaster

Warning: Contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VIII.

Final Fantasy VIII is a bit of an oddball among its peers. It was never as acclaimed as its direct predecessor, Final Fantasy VII, nor managed to evoke the charm of its successor Final Fantasy IX nor the tragedy of Final Fantasy X. For many years while its peers received acclaim and re-releases on modern consoles, mobile and pc, Final Fantasy VIII was…

Book Review: Thief’s Magic, by Trudi Canavan

Thief’s Magic, book one of The Millennium’s Rule Trilogy,  is a novel about love, betrayal and trying to do the right thing, when the world is compelling you to do the exact opposite.