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2017: Writing, Reading, Riding…

2017 was a busy year for me, due in part to Caelia returning to work and leaving me holding the baby.  I cannot complain too much though, as he is incredibly laid back, is already talking and loves playing with lightsabers. Despite juggling child-care and kiddies (not literally), I continued writing for the BBC.  A…
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Peter Ray Allison on the TV. Kind of…

Last month at EGX, the largest video games expo in the UK, I filmed my first video podcast for Geek Pride with website founder Matt Geary. During the forty-minute podcast, Matt and I chatted about some of the awesome games that had caught our eyes and retro games that we would like brought back, as…
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In conversation with Regia

During research for my articles I have been blessed with being able to interview an assortment of experts and specialists in a variety of fields.  One of the most interesting interviews I ever conducted was for my piece about The KLF (Digital breadcrumbs: Tracking down The KLF in 2017), where I spoke to Stuart Marshall…
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2016: Fatherhood and all that

At times, this year felt like a novel written by George R.R. Martin: shocking twists and all of your favourite characters die.  However, on the whole, 2016 was a positive year for me. I continued to write for Computer Weekly and various branches of the BBC, as well as starting to write for Alphr.  Despite…
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2015: Being Pro and All That

2015 was the year I celebrated my first year as a professional writer. This was a dramatic career change after fifteen years as an engineer. Ultimately, my only regret was that I did not begin freelancing sooner. Whilst most of my writing projects were journalistic, I also performed some copy-writing for the BBC on their…
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In Conversation with Dana Fredsti

I first encountered San Francisco-based author Dana Fredsti in 2012, when I was asked to interview her in advance of Plague Town being released. Following the interview, we kept in touch through the magic of the internet, and I later provided advice on parkour for Plague Nation and geographical information for Plague World. In my…
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2014: Going Pro and All That

For me, 2014 will be remembered as the year I became a professional full-time writer/journalist. I left my part-time job as a design engineer in late August, as my holidays were quickly running out and rather than paying to work, I decided to take the leap whilst I was ahead. Despite planning for this shift…
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Operation: Byeeeee!

  I have a secret to tell you.  It is not a particularly impressive secret, nor does it offer you deep insight into my eternal soul, but it is a secret nonetheless. For over a year, I have been describing myself as a freelance writer.  This is true, but it was never exclusively so, as…
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Take Note!

Despite having previously written about digital note-management application Evernote for Spacewitch, and having had Evernote installed for a couple of years, it is only recently that I have started to actively use it. I had previously used Evernote simply as a filing mechanism for any articles I had found and wished to read later during…
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A Game of Boobs

I am not the world’s greatest fan of fantasy.  That is not to say I dismiss all fantasy without a second-thought, but a fantasy setting does not intrigue me as much as a science-fiction setting does. My disenchantment with fantasy settings stems from how magic can be used as a general purpose escape-clause, without thought…
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