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UnCommon Origins: A Collection of Gods, Monster, Nature and Science

notsocommonUnCommon Origins presents 22 depictions of moments on the precipice, beginnings both beautiful and tragic. Fantastical stories of Creation, Feral Children, Gods and Goddesses (both holy and horrific), and possibilities you never dared imagine come to life. Including stories from some of the most talented Speculative Fiction and Magical Realism authors around, UnCommon Origins will revisit the oldest questions in the universe: Where did we come from? and What comes next?

anthologies are uncommon on my bookshelf, due mainly to the up and down nature of the stories and my usual preference for singular stories in the books I read.  Breaking new ground, I found I not only enjoyed  the variety of ideas but was also impressed by the quality of the writing on show.

This Sci-Fi offering contains a lot of good stories, possibly from some very twisted minds.  I wasn’t expected to be pulled in so quickly but from the initial story – The Hanging Gardens of Brooklyn – a story about kindness to strangers, foreigners and so much more, it became clear that it was going to be a lot of fun.

Some stories took a little longer to get to the reward but even the less satisfying stories – for this reader, that is – always had the seeds of something interesting to speculate on.  There are a few authors I would be interested in reading more of, which is the pleasure of this book and the curse of the bank balance.

It was rewarding and quite exhilarating to dabble in a bunch of writers whom I have no prior knowledge of, not knowing what will come my way next.  This inventive melding of genres and imagination in a plethora of writing styles ensures that there is something for everybody here and I look forward to rereading some of them again when the fancy takes me.

This collection was brought to my attention through a barrage of emails and latterly my letterbox by perennial blog favourite Jess Harpley and her featured story includes her trademark action packed, high body count style.  As ever though there is so much more behind the action, in this story of slavery, family,  the balance of power and a decision that ultimately leaves everything in the balance. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 19/09/2016 in Sci Fi


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Dwelling on the Cusp


I close my eyes

Entering a forest of yellow hue

turned green, behind lids

an ever changing patina of labyrinthine leafiness.

squeeze them tight

Mingling with gossamer thoughts

Fragile, yet protected

as I finally drift off

 block out the remaining light

to inscribe fanciful thoughts

– contemplations of the forever –

in the stardust of my dreams…


Thanks to Ellie Edon for allowing me to use her art, check out more at and as ever thanks for reading, I will be visiting again when time permits.




Posted by on 17/08/2016 in My Writings, Poetry


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Plagiarism as an Art Form

Have you in the last year or so looked for free essays to plagiarise? Have you adapted what seemed to be attractive material into your essay or dissertation without properly checking or referencing…

Some of you may have asked these questions of students before and some of you may have taken part in the Koolhaus discussion on my review of ‘his’ book Creative Theory, Radical Example, well now the link between these two is revealed and discussed over at Jeff’s blog pertaining to the use of technology and how it’s changing education.  Check the link below.

Source: Plagiarism as an Art Form




Posted by on 10/08/2016 in Art, Blogging, Essays, Journalism, Life


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When a writer bleeds

When a writer bleeds

As mad times abound with night shift at work, copious amounts of short naps and insomnia for the rest of the time, I don’t really have anything post worthy at the moment, which will no doubt be remedied when I return properly sometime near the end of the month, so here’s some showcasing of another blog and a good friend, enjoy!

Asha's Blog

her world shrinks
as faces cease to exist
days lack brightness
nights miss the glow

walks become rambles
blank are the thoughts
no place is desirable
just she and herself

behind shut doors
are windows closed
and the solitary corner
beckoning her

not a speck of light
in the gloomy room
except a flickering
lamp at the table
she bleeds on

walls see her drown
in a gush of emotions
secrets they hold
that none will ever know

whimper to words
sorrow to scribbles
and yet another story
is about to be born

Asha Seth

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Posted by on 15/06/2016 in Blogging, Poetry


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Wearing Red Socks

Greeting all!  This Monday just gone was given over to finding and booking a holiday but owing to the fact that there were better things to be doing including watching a film called Victoria, which was over two hours long and filmed in one single continuous take and is worth a watch for any of you film buffs out there.


We plumped for Boston – they throw a really good tea party I hear – thanks to price, which scuppered my plans to riddle you with the original destination of Washington D.C. (heavy comic doing the laundry).  Now it’s just a matter of weeks before the flight, nineteen days in fact..

If anybody knows of any out of the way and/or funky places (the obscurer and funkier the better) then please let me know as a week is not a lot of time to explore and do everything, besides and all that history needs looking at as well.  Perhaps we may bump into each other as well if you are around the area.



Posted by on 31/05/2016 in Boston, Travel


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Book Strip

This weekend, I made the mistake of taking a break from the computer (give or take the odd hour) and now find myself so far behind with correspondence and blogs that I am hoping to catch up by this weekend so apologies for not visiting you for a while.  I shall be around your respective blogs tomorrow at the latest, as ever thanks for your patience and understanding and now onto today’s post…


When I was younger the sight of a wall full of books without covers was galling to say the very least, all those possible adventures and no idea what they were, apart from the titles and a cursory flick through which usually confused me more.  One good thing was not being able to judge the book by its missing cover but still it would have been nice to have a happy medium of knowing what the book I was purchasing would be about, the fiction books always proved a lot more subtle of title than their non fiction counterparts.

Yet there is something more mystical about having to take the time to actually explore prospective purchases, weighing them up and finding some eccentric titles such as How to Look at Old Buildings, that just demand to be picked up and leafed through.  These days I don’t get annoyed by the sight of naked books any more but see it as a chance to take a punt on an unknown author and hopefully find some hidden gems. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 25/05/2016 in Art, My Writings


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Starting to Look Up

Wrapped up in daily life, we usually head about our business or leisure looking to where we are going or being distracted by shop windows, that is when not avoiding those people with clipboards who seem to home in on those who seem most in a rush.  How often though, do you take the time to look up and see what delights are towering above eye level?

WP_20160419_001There is so much wonderful architecture around that’s just a glance away, which is often neglected, far from being a sad thing though it once again makes it a pleasure to wander around our cities and cities (Nottingham in this case), especially on a lovely day when full up on a hearty breakfast, plenty of coffee and the promise of bookshops on the horizon.

WP_20160419_002I do love the various styles that have been envisioned and created, with all of their intricate little details and strong lines.  It’s a shame that these builders will be unknown without turning to research but at least their buildings not only stand the test of time but are a celebration of spacial awareness and imagination. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on 04/05/2016 in Architecture, Travel


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