Reasons To Be Cheerful

I am going to start with a concern. Covid-19 has been horrific for the UK, there is no way of getting around this or deny it. It has though shown the potential for us to stamp down on pollution and my concern is that many will see this as the answer to #ClimateChange. That it…

Mosaic Novel

I am trying to use the blog today to piece together ideas; no I won’t be sharing any for the novel I am writing – it’s not because I think you will manhandle each one of them against their will into a derivative piece of work that you want to get published (by the way,…

I Love Dystopia

It should be written on a t-shirt, made in a sweat shop, shipped from a country were people are subjugated through religion, politics or the colour black. Dystopia is a clarion call in literature, less and less a cracked mirror held up to society and more and more the truth writ large so people will…

Write or Become a Ghost

The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. – Wallace Stevens. What if that changes? Where then do we find the beauty? In a world where we out consume what should be consumed and in which we reproduce in a way that is unsustainable maybe James Lovelock is right. Maybe…

Globalisation

As part of my research for a novel I have been looking at something we take for granted, our imports and exports. This is a big thing in the UK at the moment with coming of Brexit and the perceived impact on them. I say, ‘perceived’ as we have no real model for how far…

Falling Blossom

As I write the stories of Meymod I wonder whether the narrator would understand spores and instead I think of blossom. Falling blossom. It makes more sense, a nano technology, a geo-engineered cleaner being something that floats easily rather than spores. Though the idea of sporing blossom is interesting, a fungus tree, for isn’t that…

Stories of Meymod: How Tales Grow

I have been inordinately quiet recently. This is largely down to what I like to call ‘day dreaming’. The art of day dreaming is often forgotten or down played when we discuss the craft or practice of writing. As if day dreaming is something a child would do and that any time employed in it…

A Shot In The Arm

Over the last year I have been writing a lot of short stories that have to do with climate change, I have had some successes. Stories have appeared in the UK and abroad, and the stories have aided me to build a world that is making me decidedly grumpy and pissed off with people who…

The Stories of Meymod

I am not mad or beyond help, I have been walking the land of Meymod. A place a child remembers where pots broke and released birds, and their song filled the air. Something terrible has happened, people have done something, the land is being stripped to bedrock, and there are monsters that no one wants…

The Ghost of Fascism

There is the argument that we shouldn’t talk about right wing politics, but scum always rises and there are always awful things hidden under rocks. The danger with forcing fascism out is the danger of forcing it underground onto another layer of the web, hidden deep, running malevolent, waiting to rise. We saw that in…

Being Ruthless

You can follow me here each Wednesday through the #clifimadness project which chronicles my research into climate change and how addressing it in fiction, the novel form, may be the answer to reaching a wider audience. I will chronicle my everyday ramblings on twitter and Facebook, please sign up for info there. There are moments…

How Do We Make A Choice?

A big problem with climate change is the problem of choice. As the days tick away and we get farther and farther from the world we once knew and with our present global population growth representing around one hundred thirty million new children each year in the world, that creates a carbon footprint of seven…