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Three skills (and a hobby)

Three things I will never forgive to my old school:
. The fact that they were never able to teach me mathematics properly
. The fact that they not only did not teach me music, but actually scared me away from it for a decade
. The fact that they completely killed my early passion for sketching

This is particularly frustrating because these are communication and self-expression skills (yes, maths too) skills that are also highly marketable.
Later I tried and taught myself what had been left out by inadequate teachers and poor school programs, but self-taught achievements are not the same one could reach had school done its part. Continue reading

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Aculeo & Amunet on the Road to Babylon

So I am currently writing a new Aculeo & Amunet story.
It’s good – I like the guys, and it’s like taking a vacation.
I’d love to have three or four stories for a new collection to publish for Christmas – I’ve one ready, and another I am writing right now… let’s say I’m sort of halfway there..295f12a6feb1e0d8e3cfbfe76f0e75f5

The story I’m working on right now is very loosely based on a 1976 song called The Road to Babylon, from an album called The Roaring Silence, by the Manfred Mann Earth Band.
As I said in the past, I use a lot of music for inspiration, background, soundtrack and assorted distractions when I write, and listening to this one really got me going. Continue reading


Party music for Aculeo & Amunet

On the 22nd of September 2014, we had a party, over at the Facebook place, to celebrate the launch of the first collection of Aculeo & Amunet stories, The Hand of Isfet.
It was great fun 1.

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I’ve been toying with the idea of making some of the music played at the party available to Aculeo & Amunet fans – especially to those that missed the party.
So here goes – a tape with some of the songs and music we danced to, way back in September.


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  1. so much fun, in fact, that I’d like to set up a Shanghai-nightclub-style launch party for The Ministry of Thunder. Might be even more fun – what do you think?
    Watch this space.