I’ve Been Struggling To Write Anything Lately…

My Friends Suggested I Write About It. For the past couple of months, I have been suffering from Writer's Drought. "Block" is simply too good a word, suggesting a stream of creative discourse is merely backed up, desperate to be unclogged by some cognitive Mr Muscle. My mind is a barren wilderness. If you listen… Continue reading I’ve Been Struggling To Write Anything Lately…

Supermash and The Art of the Hybrid-Genre

For the past few days, I've been playing Supermash, developed and published by Digital Continue. Supermash bids itself as a "game that makes games". You run a video games store, that's on the verge of closing, when you discover an old retro console that lets you combine (or mash) two different genres of game together… Continue reading Supermash and The Art of the Hybrid-Genre

Partial Recall – Passing the Childhood Memory Baton

What's your earliest memory? I have a particularly vivid snapshot from when we moved house when I was four. Sitting down on the delightfully brown carpet of the living room with boxes all around us, and watching Knight Rider with my family on our small colour television. That was thirty-four years ago. Crikey. I also… Continue reading Partial Recall – Passing the Childhood Memory Baton

Welcome To The World of Tomorrow!

From Annihilation Earth to A Quiet Place, Pacific Rim to Edge of Tomorrow, The film industry's elaborately fictitious presentations of 2020 have often been pretty grim, typically featuring monsters or alien invasions, being fought with equally elaborate technology such as giant battle mechs and advanced robotic exosuits. Where's my exosuit? Probably in the garage next… Continue reading Welcome To The World of Tomorrow!

New Parenting During a Pandemic Lockdown

This is not the dystopia I had in mind. In the 2011 film "In Time", time itself is the ultimate commodity. Those who can afford it enjoy the infinite spoils, whilst everyone else scrambles to hold on to what little they have left. Since becoming a father in February of this year, the latter has… Continue reading New Parenting During a Pandemic Lockdown

James O’Brien’s How To Be Right

Not all is lost for a world gone wrong... The world is a weird and troubling place right now. (To be fair, its always been pretty weird, but right now feels especially boggling.) The current state of global affairs feels like satire adopted as policy. With fake news, alternative truths, and brazen offence in the… Continue reading James O’Brien’s How To Be Right

SLOWLY Return to Meaningful Discourse

In the age of instant access, limited patience and diminishing attention spans, "social" exchanges are commonly reduced to that of few words at a time. The likes of Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and Line have enabled us to mindlessly chat away with each other at the press of a button, but what does that do to… Continue reading SLOWLY Return to Meaningful Discourse

Spread The Word’s London Short Story Prize Open for Entries

Spread The Word's London Short Story Prize

Spread The Word's London Short Story Prize 2019 is currently open for entries. The Prize was launched in 2013 to platform talented short story writers in London. They have published six anthologies, celebrated six winners, have run two London Short Story Festivals and profiled over 50 talented short story writers. The winner of the London Short Story… Continue reading Spread The Word’s London Short Story Prize Open for Entries

Music to My Ears – Tool’s Digital Acceptance

So, for the best part of the past 48 hours, this has been my personal soundtrack. Many of us thought this day would never come, but here we are. After famously being so staunchly against the move to online music platforms, Tool have finally released their full discography onto both digital download & streaming services.… Continue reading Music to My Ears – Tool’s Digital Acceptance