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August 21, 2021 ・ post

A puppy

This is Roddy. He’s our dog. He was born on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Hitchin, and now he lives with us. He’s a working retriever, which means his fur is a little darker than a regular golden retriever and it won’t grow to be quite as thick and long. He’ll also have a lighter build. His mother is Maple, who is owned by our very dear friends, David and Jess, and is the best-natured dog you’ll ever meet.

July 4, 2021 ・ work

Opening page illustration: an abstract representation of a microchip

A couple of months ago, Edge published a feature I wrote about the MiSTer project. I’d been wanting to write about MiSTer for a while, because it’s such an exciting platform for retrogaming – I’ve been spending many happy hours exploring shooters on the PC Engine, messing around with a 486 PC, and revisiting the SNES classics, all in fantastic fidelity and feeling just how I remember them.

February 23, 2021 ・ post

I’m no poet, but I found myself writing a poem. I listened to Blur’s song Oily Water, which I’d ripped years ago from my CD of their album Modern Life is Rubbish, and heard in it a little audio aberration which I’d forgotten about but was immediately familiar. For me, it’s even part of the song, since I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Oily Water that hasn’t originated from that CD.

December 30, 2020 ・ work

A photograph of pink cherry against a blue sky
Taken by my daughter in our back garden during the first lockdown

It’s pretty well-established that 2020 was “a weird one” and also “bad”, and my line of work has been affected by it in various ways. But I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been able to continue working throughout on various books, articles and other projects. Here’s my year in work.

December 8, 2020 ・ post

A screenshot of the Mac version of the word processor Scrivener
Scrivener, software that I can’t do without

As a dork and serial procrastinator, I’ve amassed a set of tools and ways of working over my seven years of freelance writing which I’ve fumbled into something like efficiency. I like to read about the ways others work, in case their methods and tools also work for me, so here are mine.

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