||Diary of an insomniac
I want you to feel the cold like I do, weep like I do, make sense of the senseless world around you like I do.
Proving God by Consensus: My Problem with the Religious Right
A few decades ago I was awakened at seven o’clock one Sunday morning by the persistent droning of my downstairs door buzzer.
The Israel Threat
A Sideways Path to War with Iran
||The Scurge of Unemployment in Spain
Greece has officially been declared a basket case, the gurus at the Davros Economic Summit continue to predict what we all already know, the Arab League has given up on Syria whilst Russia waits in the wings to pick up the pieces and Iran threatens to put up the price of oil.
Beauty Plus Pity by Kevin Chong,
Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver
A Charlie Dickinson review
Just Back : An African 'Ozymandius'
The 'Oscar' of the African Coast
John M. Edwards haggles recklessly over a uniquely carved wooden statue of the cowlicked comic-book hero Tintin at The Ivory Coast Arts Coop, perfect for smuggling diamonds or heroin. . . .
||Spain on the Brink of Chaos
Our Man in Vigo finds Spain on the brink of a confrontation between the left and right echoing the misery of the 1930's.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
There is something strangely alluring about life in the Alaskan wilderness, about people who strive to make something out of nothing, literally carve an existence out of the harsh land with its long winters and short summers filled with mosquitoes and savage wild animals.
A Year in Colombia
La Clima: The weather here is very odd, but that's because I've never lived so close to the Equator. I am also living 2625 metres above sea level. As far as I can see, it rains somewhat everyday
||Thanks for Driving Around
I was taken somewhat aback earlier this month when I overheard some of the fellows in the clubhouse referring to the fact that the earth’s climate was improving due to the traffic congestion on the highways.
The Buffet Rule?
It's national campaign time and the Democrats have joined the crazy. Six months of idiocy from the Republicans was apparently enough.
A Month of Letters
I had come across a letter writing challenge A Month of Letters set up by American author Mary Robinette Kowal. challenge in February
||A Not So Wasted Spring Break
As soon as I hooked the bristled rope to the tarnished nail protruding from the wall to let others know not to enter, I sensed something was wrong
“Lets blow something up,” said Sean. We all exchanged glances, and no one could find fault with the idea. In truth, we had nothing better to do.
Running to Yesterday
“It’s a good place,” Jack said, looking at the high beams, the empty walls. The ceiling reached at an impossible height. It felt as if he was living inside an old black and white movie.
“It’s what we need,” Ellen replied, setting down the battered suitcase.
||The Doomed Spanish Savings Banks
The European Economic Meltdown
The previous socialist PM, Jose Rodriguez Zapatero stated four years ago that Spain had the best banking system in the world and that the country was in the Champion’s League of the world’s economies. Nothing could have been further from the truth
How to remain sane in a place of insanity - Rachel Green
Have you ever worked somewhere where everyone else around you is, in complete reality, totally nuts?
Directed by Wes Anderson
with Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman
Prague Winter of 2012
It was a long and overwhelming day, but I still ended up walking home to the hostel that evening. It really was tough, but for some reason I just had to do it.
||Incognito on Memorial Day
Ben was on the shore fishing with two friends with his pole stuck in the ground when I first met him.
Any Given Friday in New York
The workplace may not be an equitable standard for evaluating people’s character. I always killed myself to do the job, but it availed me little.
||A Land Without Jasmine
by Wajdi Al-Ahdal
Published by Garnet
In Praise of 'Vegan is Love' James Campion
Ruby Roth's Alternative Literature for Kids
My wife is a vegan and we are raising our daughter vegan. I am not a vegan nor am I a vegetarian. I am, for those familiar with this space, nothing.
||Train Wreck Romney
How to Tank a Campaign in Two Weeks - James Campion 9.21.12
The Mitt Romney campaign has gone off the rails. It is getting harder to believe Mitt Romney actually wants to be president.
The Journals of Nabokov’s Lolita -
if she had become a Writer
Losing pieces of your identity already in childhood
||Spain Spins out of Control
Whilst Greece burns, Portugal sinks further into the quagmire, Ireland survives, Italy is on the brink of joining the PIGS (short for the European countries in trouble) not to mention the remaining international chaotic arena, Spain is literally running wild.
Directed by Rian Johnson
with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.
'Terrific sci-fi thriller that delivers one hell of a punch'
Dream #1: Caught between a nightmare and a dream
I opened my eyes and blinked in the thick, heavy mist of the room. I couldn’t tell if it was day or night
||A Month of Letters
I had come across a letter writing challenge A Month of Letters set up by American author Mary Robinette Kowal. challenge in February.
The Hindsights of Cancer
The doctor told me, “We’ll call you tomorrow about your blood results.”
||Ego Dance to Armageddon
Public Flogging Off "The Cliff"
The Internet, social media and the like have put the journalism tag on us all, and for good or ill it is here to stay, at least until the government finds some half-assed way to regulate the life from it.
A year in the life of a writer
IN 2012 I was lucky enough to have two novels published with Hodder Childrens Books in the UK...
Mamta didn’t need an alarm to wake her up every morning. She was among those blessed early risers who found themselves unable to sleep beyond their routine waking up hour