Toothpaste

It’s amazing how much toothpaste there is in a tube. Remember when toothpaste tubes were made of lead and we rolled them up to squeeze the last globule out of there? We used to use the empty tubes as weights in model aircraft or boats. Like everything else nowadays, the tubes are made of plastic, […]

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On Tenses

I have noticed an increase in the number of books that are written in the present tense. I’m sure the technique is intended to heighten excitement, suspense, or tension, and maybe it does in some situations. Speaking for myself, I find it irksome and distracting. For many (most) books written in this way, it feels […]

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Submissions and Stuff

Two stories that I submitted to Tor.com were rejected in the last few days. The first, “Intelligent Design” was a light-hearted look at Creationism; the second a version of “Snugglesuit” (included in this blog under its own tab). I have one more story still in Tor’s in-tray. Given that it took them 9 months to […]

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Hunger Games

Just finished reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Overall, an impressive piece of work, and I can see why the trilogy has been such a hit. It says “teen” on the cover and I think I read somewhere (on the web) that it’s aimed at 12 year-olds and up. That sounds about right. On […]

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A Failed Test

When I first moved from Ireland to UK, I was 23 years of age. I had been driving my parents’ car without major mishap for 5 years. I considered myself an exceptional driver. I may not have been up to the rigours of the advanced driving test, but I was certainly more than competent. Any device […]

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