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 […]


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 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, […]


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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A Fictionish Spell

Posted by Rob on 9th September 2015 in Writing |

It’s been a bit of a nice spell for me. I sold my third story to a little market called The Colored Lens, a free online speculative fiction magazine, where a friend of mine previously had his story “Cuts” appear. It should be there in the autumn. Also, I got word back that my previous […]


Almost time to change those gears…

Posted by Rob on 12th June 2015 in Writing |

So, at last, I have that Writers of the Future story polished and sent out for this quarter (hurrah!), which leaves me with a fair few stories still sitting around incomplete or in need of some spit and polish, but only two that I’m really keen to finish and send out in the near future. […]


Market annoyances, and outlines

Posted by Rob on 30th May 2015 in Writing |

There are a few things that can be annoying when you’re writing a story. One of those is discovering that a nice little market is open, but that it’s only open for a very short window of time, especially when you discover this late in said window. It doesn’t give you much time to get […]


The story liveth!

Posted by Rob on 28th March 2015 in Writing |

It’s been a little while since I wrote anything here, mostly down to work and the various stresses around it, but I did want to drop in quickly and add a comment. I’ve cut my finger-tip, which makes typing a real pain in the bum, but for all that — hoorah, I got a second […]

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