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Keeping a Diary – 12 Months Later

Fredrik Rubensson via Flickr

It recently occurred to me that that time I’ve put aside to write a diary for the past 12 months — since January 1st 2016 — could just as easily have been used to talk a bit more right here.

So I’ve decided to do both.

2016 was a memorable year for many reasons, not least Brexit, Bowie and Trump.

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When Should Writers Stop Waiting for Feedback?

I could be playing a videogame. Or I could be revising Aliens vs Nazis for the 90th time.

As it is, I’m wondering about the fate of a couple of scripts that I’ve entered into competitions (Red Planet and BBC Writers Room) in the past 6 months.

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RIP Android Magazine – My First Print Gig

Well, that was a lot of fun while it lasted. Sadly, Android Magazine is no more, with issue 63 its final edition.

Back in early 2013 I was contacted by then-editor Andy Betts, who had seen some of my Android-related articles on MakeUseOf.com. He was interested in bringing me in as a freelancer, and as I’d been determined to move into print, this suited me just fine.

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Slight Victory of the Former Doctor Who Website Owner

Damn. I really don’t want to keep banging on about this… but things haven’t quite been sorted out with the use of my name at www.kasterborous.com.

What’s worse, I thought things had been fixed… which superficially, they have. The problem is that the solution taken by Kasterborous’ new owners breaches my copyright. Not classy.

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SheKnows Nothing

As technology writing and family life have occupied my time over the past few months, I’ve not really been keeping an eye on what www.kasterborous.com – the website that I setup in 2004 with illustrator Anthony Dry – was up to. I’d assumed that a new editor had been installed and that it was business as usual.

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Staying in Touch with Doctor Who…

Just a few months after quitting Kasterborous, I’ve contributed to the Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s fanzine, Celestial Toyroom, with a post discussing popular conspiracy theories within Doctor Who.

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It Feels Like Home

From time to time I mull over the path my life has taken so far.

Many of my friends and family went to university. Despite a couple of attempts, I couldn’t focus on it, distracted by the lifestyle, and so set myself back several years (it can be argued that I picked up a lot of life experience during this period, however; on the other hand, I was drunk much of the time and can barely recall it), at least as a writer.

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Time for a Change!

Felt it was time to deliver a more vibrant and professional feel to my site, and bring in a regular blog as well as reference to my ongoing work with MakeUseOf and various Imagine Publishing titles.

It has been 4 months since I completed the sale of Kasterborous.com, thus ending a long chapter in my writing career, and arguably the one that prepared me for the things to come.

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People Still Rewrite Your Articles. Really.

Amazing.┬áPeople still expend energy on the pointless, low-paying slog that is “article rewriting”. This is, for those of you who don’t know, the “art” of taking an existing article and rewriting it.

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Brownie Review: Starbucks

I am a fan of chocolate brownies. You may already know this. Recently I was able to sample the baked chocolate squares on offer at the Starbucks coffee chain, specifically at the Monks Cross branch in York, England.

A chocolate brownie is on the menu – but will it meet my expectations, or surpass them, securing its position as the tastiest chocolate brownie on Earth?

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