11 July 2021

Once upon a time… Where does a story begin? Tolkien famously reported that a sentence flashed through his mind: “In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.” This line became a doorway which he — and subsequently his many readers – stepped through to discover and grow to love Middle Earth and Elder…

7 July 2021

Distilled Life A little over a month ago I received the free author’s copy of my book from my publisher Lion Fiction. Here in my hand was a distillation of years of my life and thoughts into a pound of paper or flurry of electrons. A strange feeling, to say the least. The ink has…

27 June 2021

A Book and it’s Cover Don’t judge a book by its cover. A wise proverb, often applied to people more these days than books. When it was coined in the mid 1800s, book covers were plain – often merely the title. Today, however, the front of a book is carefully designed to signal it’s genre…

20 June 2021

Mariculture I do consulting for a number of mariculture – ocean farming – projects in the Indo-Pacific region. Currently I am working with one project, a social enterprise, growing the sea cucumber Holothuria scabra for the Chinese market. Sea cucumbers are a delicacy for the Chinese, and are also used in Chinese medicine and cosmetics….