Time and fiction: still uneasy partners

Time and fiction: still uneasy partners

In my book Writing: A User Manual I have a little rant about time. Here’s an extract… When it comes to fiction, and series fiction in particular, time stinks. It’s a blight on us all, a nasty chunk of so-called reality that tries to poke its ugly head in...
Thank God Apple don’t design taps

Thank God Apple don’t design taps

Here’s something that happened to me last week in a hotel on Capri. It may be a familiar experience. You walk into a strange bathroom. You want to turn on the tap. You can’t work out how. Why? Because it’s a new-fangled tap. One someone’s...
No more desktop for me

No more desktop for me

Someone was asking on Twitter yesterday what to buy after a desktop’s gone dead. A new desktop or a laptop? There’s my answer above — if you have the desk space. A laptop hooked up to an external monitor. In this case it’s an Asus big screen...
Outlinely — a nice, simple Mac outliner

Outlinely — a nice, simple Mac outliner

I rarely need an outliner but on the odd occasion I do they nearly always drive me bats. For years I’ve paid for upgrades to OmniOutliner for reasons I don’t understand. I’m sure there are people out there who love the thing. But boy it is...
A new book… Writing a novel with Ulysses III

A new book… Writing a novel with Ulysses III

The business of writing is always a moving target. I’ve been engaged in it, one way or another, for the last forty-odd years since leaving school as a teenager and getting a job on the local paper. Back then I was pointed to the crummiest typewriter in the...
Tom’s typewriter – thanks Hanks but no

Tom’s typewriter – thanks Hanks but no

Tom Hanks loves typewriters. So much that he’s put his name to an app for the iPad that recreates his beloved machine. Hanx Writer is yours for free though there are in-app options including a ‘Writer’s Block’ bundle whatever that is. I spent the first twenty five...