The Mars Science Laboratory is safely in space:

Let’s hope it lands safely when it gets there:

No idea why the blog won’t allow me to embed videos in posts!

Final stretch

Coming into the final stretch for Nanowrimo, Tunnelers is now just over 40,000 words with six days to go. I was about a day behind on Tuesday so I’ve managed to catch up and get a little ahead.

I’ll need to do a ton of rewriting after it’s finished, but I think a lot of the basics are there. It’s not going to be ready for Christmas though.

I think I’m going to get to work on revising Petrina and leave Tunnelers to gestate for a couple of months before I go back and sort it out.

A Modest Proposal

I’ve been reading about windmills killing birds and bats. Surely there’s a simple solution to this?

In keeping with similar government programs, governments could issue dispensations allowing a certain number of birds and bats to be killed each year, and over time reduce that number until all windmills were slaughter-free. Companies could then trade those dispensations so that the most murderous windmills cost more money. Perhaps someone like Al Gore could set up a market to do so.

We could call it, I don’t know, Cap and Slay?

Final Contact

Final Contact CoverI finally collected enough rejections on Final Contact and it’s now available on Smashwords. It should be up on Amazon soon.

I wrote this story years ago and it’s always been one of my favorites. I’ve submitted it to a few magazines over the years but it’s never sold, so I thought it was about time to self-publish and see where it goes. It pretty much sums up my opinions on alien life, which will become more clear when I start writing more SF stories.

I think I’m going to expand it into a novella at some point because there’s a lot going on which would probably work better if dramatised rather than recounted.


Phew, after getting two days behind 4300 words brings me back up to date and a couple of hundred words ahead. Let’s see if I can hit 20,000 words tonight (probably not, but worth a try).

Edit: Only managed about 19,200, but that was over 5,000 words in one day so not doing too bad.


My pre-Nano interview is up at:

Blog Party for Edward M. Grant

Tunnelers is a few hundred words behind schedule, but I have the long weekend to catch up and move ahead; perhaps it’s apt that I’m writing a WWI novel on Rememberance Day. It’s an interesting experience, I’m basing it on another old unfinished screenplay and finding a ton of problems with that version as I go along; not least the fact that most of the middle is missing. I’m using Nano to rough out a first draft, then I’m going to break that down to an outline, fix that up and rewrite it.