The Smoke On The Water riff vs my vintage synthesiser collection

Instruments I have played the ‘Smoke On The Water’ riff on: 1. Various pianos, except a Bosendorfer 91-note grand, on which I played ‘Louie Louie’. 2. Moog Modular Model 15 (lead only, I don’t own this one, it’s the modular they produced in a suitcase for carrying around gigs, but I DID once tyre-kick my … More The Smoke On The Water riff vs my vintage synthesiser collection

What I’ve learned about human imagination from PokemonGo

The other week the streets around Wellington began filling up with people wandering about staring at their phones. It turned out they were playing PokemonGo, which hadn’t existed the week before but by about Wednesday was being played by at least 29.6 billion people worldwide (I know what I said). I haven’t leaped on the band-wagon … More What I’ve learned about human imagination from PokemonGo

“Fantastic Pasts” – out today! Buy now before the llamas get to it.

Fantastic Pasts – Sci-Fi adventures in alternate New Zealand history is out now! It’s my stupidest book – a wild sci-fi comedy romp through an alternate Kiwi history that never happened. Thrill to the French as they turn New Zealand’s rare Pliestocene fauna into pate!  Laugh as Sir Francis Drake accidentally obeys orders and ends … More “Fantastic Pasts” – out today! Buy now before the llamas get to it.

“Fantastic Pasts” now available for Kindle pre-order

Fantastic Pasts – Sci-Fi adventures in alternate New Zealand history is being released by Intruder Books on 2 April. It’s available now for pre-order in the Kindle store. Fantastic pasts! A wild sci-fi comedy romp through an alternate Kiwi history that never happened. Thrill to the French gastronomic crusade through New Zealand’s Pleistocene fauna. Laugh … More “Fantastic Pasts” now available for Kindle pre-order

And here we go with another zombie Christmas shopping frenzy

It’s Christmas again, and that means another zombie shopping frenzy at the local mall. It’s the same every year (just like my posts whinging about them). As far as I am concerned even at the best of times malls are vampires that suck money and will-to-live. Shopping in the mall for me consists of hurtling into … More And here we go with another zombie Christmas shopping frenzy

Pondering the mysteries of essential writing fuel – coffee

I’ve long held that coffee is an essential writing fuel. Of course, it’s not what it used to be. Luckily. When I was a kid in 1970s New Zealand, ‘bought coffee’ came in pyrex containers that had been left on the edge of restaurant buffet tables to stew through the day and turn into a kind … More Pondering the mysteries of essential writing fuel – coffee