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On Spec!

Posted by Rob on 11th April 2018 in Writing |

For those who don’t know, On Spec is a pretty venerable publication. Founded in 1989, it is Canada’s longest-running and most successful speculative fiction magazine, and it has a slightly different taste in its fiction to some of the American publications that dominate the market — something which:

a) I suspect helped me find a market for Ashwright, and
b) is just delightful, because I’ve really enjoyed reading their magazine so far.

The issue in question — which I have yet to read!

It’s also the first time I’ve had a story published which is in a native print magazine. My earlier works all appeared in an electronic-only format, at least until one appeared in a Print-On-Demand anthology. But if I was to have picked a story to first make it into a print magazine, it would have been this one — for various reasons — and so this makes me doubly happy.

Really looking forward to getting my hands on my own copy, so I can read the stories that it’s keeping company!


Peace and Quiet

Posted by Rob on 29th December 2017 in Writing |

Yep, there’s been too much of that here, I admit it. But it’s been a busy year. I didn’t write as much as I might have liked, but I began work at SpaceX, sold a short story to On Spec Magazine, and have another story coming out — the first one I sold, in fact […]


A couple of recommendations

Posted by Rob on 4th September 2016 in Other Stuff |

Also, before I forget, a couple of entirely biased recommendations for you! I write with a few friends in a coffee-shop on some Fridays. We started it during one NaNoWriMo year, and have just kept it up informally since, on a bit of an erratic schedule — but two of the four of us have […]


A Writing Update

Posted by Rob on 4th September 2016 in Coding, Other Stuff, Writing |

Well, folks, it’s been a while! But in the time between then and now, things have been afoot. My third short story, pending for quite some time, is inching closer to publication, and I have — as ever — a couple out there that seem to be lingering with markets (and at least one that’s […]

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Attack of the Killer Spam

Posted by Rob on 20th May 2016 in Other Stuff, Writing |

Today appears to be Spam My Blog day. So far I’ve deleted fifty-six spam comments from robots this morning (with more still being posted), which largely want me to know that they are “impsreeped”, that my posts make life “beeaablr”, or that my blog is the ONLY trustworthy source for Brain Bite #18 information. Well, […]


Recipe: Gluten-Free Pajeon

Posted by Rob on 16th April 2016 in Food and Drink, Recipes |

The breakfast of the day (and last Saturday too), this is a Korean staple — very versatile, pretty simple, and a nice option that elaborates on the more usual pancake. This particular recipe is our own version that relies on a gluten-free flour mixture (but which can be made with plain old flour, or any […]


Brain Bite #18 – The Return of the Living Blog

Posted by Rob on 6th April 2016 in Brain Bites, Other Stuff |

Phew — well, it’s been months since my last post! I’ve been planning to post on here for a while, but everything’s been crazy, and still is — I’m just catching a moment at the end of today (and likely at the end of several days, as I probably won’t have time to finish this […]



Anthology released —

Posted by Rob on 6th November 2015 in Writing |

For anyone interested, the second Acidic Fiction anthology has just been published. It includes my story Crescent Cross, along with thirteen other stories, and you can get it from Amazon — links to the US and UK sites are below. Buy from Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.co.uk This is strictly for people who fancy a print-copy, […]


Brain Bite #17

Posted by Rob on 5th November 2015 in Brain Bites, Writing |

Well, it’s been a while since the last one — I’ve been busy. Work here, writing there, and a schedule that I let run rampant. More recently, I’ve gotten a handle on that, and the necessity of days off (which I had begun to neglect — but a month without any days off will really […]

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Brain Bite #16

Posted by Rob on 22nd September 2015 in Brain Bites |

Well, the things they are a-happenin’. Or at least, some of ’em anyway. So I figured it’s time to get another one of these thrown together, and book-end it with some suitably heavy music (which, I admit, may not be to everyone’s taste, my wife included). We’ll start with: 10 Masked Men: Stayin’ Alive I’m […]

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