OK, holiday over – here’s what’s ahead for 2016

The holidays are over. 2016 awaits, and here’s what’s coming this year in Matthew Wright land. I’ve got a lot planned for this blog – the usual science posts, weekly writing contest, my regular weekend writing posts and more. This year is also filled with writing projects and some exciting publishing developments – starting with the full print-and-ebook launch … More OK, holiday over – here’s what’s ahead for 2016

Collisions of coal: an author’s perspective

My biography of coal in New Zealand was published this month by David Bateman Ltd. It’s a book taking as its subject a ‘thing’, but in reality telling the human side of that ‘thing’ in all its dimensionality. Review comments so far have been excellent – ‘this definitive work by Matthew Wright has certainly set a new benchmark‘ and … More Collisions of coal: an author’s perspective

My problem, as a bloke, with Top Gear, number plates and laddish silliness

I can’t see what the fuss is over Top Gear’s provocative Porsche number plate – you know, the one that got Jeremy Clarkson and the rest hustled out of Argentina before the wrath of a mob. Allegedly it was an off-colour reference to the British victory in the Falklands War of 1982. Personally I figure Clarkson’s protestations … More My problem, as a bloke, with Top Gear, number plates and laddish silliness

‘If it’s free, you’re the product’ – and what that means for Facebook

A few days ago I belatedly joined approximately 1.2 billion other people – more than one in seven of the world’s entire population – on Facebook. I’ve had reasons to be laggard. Only one is time.  I set up a Facebook placeholder do-nothing page in 2013, to protect my name – but my main leeriness with actively engaging … More ‘If it’s free, you’re the product’ – and what that means for Facebook