What I’m Reading

Duallists by David Wailing

This comes from the Edinburgh  eBook Festival 2013, an online celebration of indie writing and publishing, which runs from the 12th to 25th August 2013. As part of the festival, the organisers are giving away a free Goody Bag of up to 18 eBooks for free, including David’s 50,000 word SciFi novel, Duallists.

Duallists is ONLY available during the festival fortnight, and from the festival site. SO GET IT NOW!!

Duallists-2013-cover-midON THE MOON, EVERYONE HAS A DARK SIDE.

One hundred years in the future, enormous mining vessels scour the surface of the Moon, prospecting for valuable metals and minerals. Trapped onboard for months at a time, the crew use drugs, virtual environments, gambling and pitfights to make life bearable.

Joel Miller doesn’t need any of those things. He has a new reason to live.

An enemy.

Terra Trailer

I don’t normally do this for other people’s novels, especially not silver-spoon first novels, but the trailer for Mitch Benn’s Terra is basically the first chapter read by everybody famous in the whole world, including Neil Gaiman, Robert Llewellyn, Sophie Aldred, Amanda Palma, Neil Gaiman, that bloke off the telly, Arthur Darville, Simon West, Neil Gaiman and many more.

Sour grapes? Moi?


Oh, and I’m currently listening to the book on Audible, and it’s awfully good. Benn reads it himself, and you can instantly hear why, he’s such a talented performer.  🙂

Flick’s blog is back!

During a recent reorganisation of my site (I host several different domains from the one hosting package) I accidentally pressed the wrong button and Flick’s WordPress install went away. Now while I do have a backup of the whole directory structure, it seemed like too much hassle to try and recover individual posts and stuff out of it, so I decided just to rebuild the domain from scratch. Anyhow, it’s back up and running, and Flick is blogging away again!

You can get to Flick’s blog from the menu at the top of the page, or by setting your browser to http://www.flickcarter.com


We had a poetry workshop at Abingdon Writers last night, so I just want to say a quick thank you to Elaine and Kathryn for what turned out to be a very interesting ant thought-provoking event.

Anyhow, this is the short piece that I produced. I’m not claiming anything in terms of originality or style or quality. But it is mine, and I’m quite pleased with it.


Careful contemplation of pebbles
draws out an arrangement
so perfect, so right,
so harmonious.
Their cadence brings forth
the music of the universe
That can be approximated
to the equation on the right.


For some reason I appear to have acquired a full box of 2000 M3 hex nuts. I have no idea why, other than maybe it’s some kind of subliminal message.

Suggestions for what to do with them…?