Archive for October, 2012

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Published, Stories



Another story published on the Aphelion-Webzine . Novelette size this time.

Joe Tibbs made his living as a medium — nothing fancy, but enough to feed himself and his arthritic old dog, Digger. He was a fraud, of course — the voices in his head were not the spirits of the dearly departed. But they did tell him what he needed to know.

Sleeping Dogs Lie



What to write

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Mutterings

What do you mean, black leather trench-coats are cliched?








“Write what you know.”

That’s they tell you when you start out. It sounds like good advice but how do you write what you know when you want to write speculative fiction because you’re basically writing about “What if?” and everything after the “if” is anybody’s guess.

Of course, there are lots of tropes to explore, well trod ground of what has gone before. Sometimes sci-fi writers even get it right!

It might be easier to ask – What not to write?

Some publishers even go so far as to tell you exactly what they don’t want.

Between what I know, overused story-lines, settings, plot devices and silly science, and what publishers don’t want – there isn’t a lot left!