Voyager, my second novel, was an anomaly, much like the central premise of its story. I’d just written Irex, an intense, brooding and claustrophobic historical mystery; I expected to continue in a similar vein. Instead, I had a very vivid dream in the summer of 2016 in which I saw the central motif of Voyager’s… Continue reading Voyager – an odyssey in the making!
Storytelling is the creative skill du jour. It's an increasingly common way for ordinary people to express their imagination to the world at large. The rise of self-publishing and its tyrannical champion, Amazon, has given an unprecedented platform to those who want to express themselves through writing. Having cut their literary teeth on the digital… Continue reading The Indie Wasteland – A Post-Apocalyptic Trap for the Unwary
Sometimes a sequence of events conspires to make you truly wonder at the metaphysical nature of the cosmos. Usually, it is a cascade of events that combine to create chaos, loss and pain. Such is the default of our decaying cosmic home, the universe. Whether you like it or not, the Second Law of Thermodynamics spells… Continue reading When Good Things Happen
Keep away from politics, they said. You might alienate your readers, they said. It might hit your sales and discourage interaction, they said. Well sorry, whoever "they" are, I'm going there. Even the most far-fetched proponents of the misnamed 'Project Fear'* couldn't have predicted the depth to which British politics could have sunk after two… Continue reading Self-Destruct Button
I've had a shaky past year. Carl Rackman, Author, almost disappeared for good following a slew of setbacks. First, my website and blog were wiped out by a massive data loss. Within days, I lost my regular writing gig working for an online aviation recruitment feature site. And finally, I made a financial decision that… Continue reading Let’s try this author thing again.