Worldbuilding: The Role of Small Details

I was reading Madeleine Bunting’s thoughtful, thought-provoking travel memoir, A Hebridean Journey, earlier today. I’m reading it for two reasons: because I love books that look at landscape and their meanings, and, for setting and cultural research for my work-in-progress. One chapter is on the island known as Lewis and Harris, and the famous, beautiful … More Worldbuilding: The Role of Small Details

Crystal and Flint: Book 1 of the Journey Missions, by Holly Ash: A mini-review

A fast-paced sci-fi adventure with competitive, clashing female leads. The story is well-crafted and delivers all the tension expected of this genre, moving both the main plot and subplots along nicely to the explosive climax and a denouement that leads into the next book in the series So why not five stars? The setting is … More Crystal and Flint: Book 1 of the Journey Missions, by Holly Ash: A mini-review

Legion of Mono, by C.D. Tavenor: A Mini-Review

Legion of Mono captures the resolve of a people’s last military leader in the hours before what he knows will be a final battle. His grief at leaving his partner and their child; his pride in his family’s honour; his strong bonds with his fellow soldiers: all are skillfully expressed. The author has created, in … More Legion of Mono, by C.D. Tavenor: A Mini-Review

Language and Meaning

In the third book of my Empire’s Legacy trilogy, my protagonist Lena is thinking about language: “I tried to sort out the inchoate ideas forming in my mind. About language, and meaning, and if all concepts were universal, and could be translated. About the gap between intent and comprehension, between what was meant and what … More Language and Meaning

The Eagle and Child

        This is a reflection about coincidence, or synchronicity, or possibly about me seeing connections where there are none, except in my mind. It doesn’t matter, really. I am, by training and education and part of my working life, a scientist; an applied geneticist, precisely, and that training and education spills over … More The Eagle and Child