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Apr 3, 2012

All right then. This is my third attempt to get this blog piece written this month. As you may have noticed it's been a while since the last one was posted around here. To be honest , I'm only managing this because I'm sitting at home waiting for the postman to deliver the proof manuscript for Great North Road -and it's raining so I can't get out into the garden, which needs mowing, weeding, the fruit cage sorting out...  ... Read more

Sep 3, 2011

It’s been a while.

For all parents ‘Summer Holiday’ explains the gap perfectly. Two months spent on a big family and friends holiday in Cornwall, there was also Centre Parcs, glamping, holiday club, long weekends with friends, cinema trips, playdates, sleepovers, new DS games. Anything and everything to keep Sophie and Felix occupied. Fortunately, Mrs H took them on the glamping trip without me. I haven’t got that much work done in one week since the good old bachelor days. Now I remember how I used to write the really big novels like ... Read more

May 5, 2011

I am becoming a curmudgeon. According to Mrs H, that is. To see her point of view you have to look back on the start of April when the kids began their Easter holiday. We went down to Cornwall again (of which more later) for a week with friends. All very nice. Then the holiday went on and on before arriving at a very late Easter. I don’t know what it’s like for everyone else, but I tend to do less work when Sophie and Felix are on holiday. I know I shouldn’t ... Read more

Feb 14, 2011

“It creates a rationale for the extremist reality we create.” Peter F. Hamilton, during the Science in Science Fiction panel.

Er.... really? Are you sure? I don’t actually remember saying that. I’m not complaining, you understand. After all, it sounds quite smart and coherent. Then again I was on the panel with Kevin Anderson, China Mieville, Gary Gibson, and Steve Baxter; all of whom are very smart, articulate people. You have to ... Read more

Dec 20, 2010

Three more days until Christmas, and we have two very excited small children in the house. Which is lovely, except for when I try to get some work done. There are, after all, more important things to do right now, like bringing in the tree for them to decorate, bringing in the logs each morning for the log burner stove –and boy am I glad I ordered a huge delivery of logs this summer. Even better I actually built a log store for them so they don’t get wet. Then there’s the concern about the grocery delivery van making it to the  ... Read more

Oct 3, 2010

Apologies for the greater than usual gap between entries here. First there was the summer holidays, then there was the promotional tour for Evolutionary Void. However, all over now apart from a couple more ... Read more

Jun 29, 2010

I thought you might like to know, I’ve gone over to the Light Side. Yes, I’ve bought a MacBook Pro as my internet computer -that’s in addition to the i-phone Mrs H got me for Christmas, and of course I have an ipod (and a shuffle as well). After about fifteen years of loyalty to Windows, through a whole load of upgrades running on various kinds of hardware, I finally gave up. It’s a shame, not least because I knew every keystroke and shortcut I need to know, and how to navigate round the menu for every program I use. So learning how to use a Mac and  ... Read more

Apr 19, 2010

Okay then, the family holiday in Cornwall is over, the kids are back at school, so it must be time to head back to the shed in the garden and start writing again.

Coincidence or synchronicity or just random events close together? Last month I was planning a visit to Iceland to find out what it’s like to drive on snow for ‘research purposes’ . Well yes it’s not utterly essential to go all that way to find snow and a Land Rover pimped up for cold weather, but my friend Ragnar (watch out for his cameo in Evolutionary Void) hales from Iceland and  ... Read more

Feb 7, 2010

So then, the SFX Weekender. Quite a lot of gripes from many people (see the SFX forum), mainly about accommodation and organizational shortfalls. Not me. Macmillan cleverly rented a beachside house for its authors, just outside the barbed wire perimeter of Pontins Camber Sands. As a pilot version of Author Big Brother I’m not sure it’ll ever get picked up by a network; but the four of us, myself, China Mieville, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Mark Newton, were looked after by a squad of publicists and editorial staff catering to our every whim –take a  ... Read more

Dec 9, 2009

Yes, I know this should have been written as soon as I finished the Evolutionary Void. But as someone once said: life happens. As to why this wasn’t written on time, well for the last four and a half years every time some piece of non-urgent household work came up (putting up curtain rails, picture hooks, bleeding the central heating system, trimming the hedge, etc) I simply said to Mrs H: I promise I’ll do it after I’ve finished the trilogy. So, the day after I  ... Read more

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