Chroma Caste coverThis was a story that has danced around the edge of my brain, and my life really, for many years. It’s my attempt to wrangle with the implications of a (quite minor) genetic condition of my own, and also with how men choose to socialise in our culture. All cultures, really.

WARNING: this one isn’t a positive future. It involves references to (but not graphic descriptions of) violence, and sexual abuse.

How long have I been wrangling with the idea? I think I first scribbled down the following note about twenty years ago:

Wade inherited his colourblindness from his grandfather, on his mother’s side. 

I was originally going to use it as a poetic metaphor for depression – with the main character never aware that he walked each day through a world that was slightly more muted, less vibrant, bluer. He was to meet a young woman, who would buy him a pair of rose-tinted glasses at a market fair, that would grant him sight of the richness, fire, and passion in the world … but inevitably his eyes would adjust to the filter of her love, and return to the duller, greyer place that he couldn’t help but live in.

That’s a good idea for a story, still. But not one that I think I’ll ever have the talent or insight to write. So enjoy this little thought experiment instead.

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Self publishing a novel

January 29th, 2017

So I’ve been a busy boy.

Over about the past two and a half years, I’ve managed to write a couple of novels. Well – they’re unpublished at this stage, so I have to call them manuscripts, technically. But not for long: I’ll be self publishing

The temporary covers of my two manuscripts, Mnemnosynch and Zephyr.

(I don’t actually own copyright on either of these two images, I’ve just grabbed them to use as my temporary covers to hand around copies for my friends and family to give feedback through. Images linked to where I got them from at the bottom of the post.)

I started Mnemnosynch first (probably five or more years ago) but stalled after 20,000 words. Then around two years ago I first read the term “Solarpunk”, and realised how all the little story ideas I’d had on and off for a couple of decades fitted together. I was absolutely bitten by a bug, and hammered out Zephyr in around eight months – all 120,000 words of it. I went back to Mnemnosynch a year ago, and finished it up at around 68,000.

I’ve been editing them both, but recently spent a bunch of effort on Mnemno, and have recently handed it over to a professional editor, for a book review. I’m planning on self publishing them both this year – Mnemno first, on which I can learn all the mistakes of how not to do it, and Zephyr toward the end of the year.

Cover images:

Mnemnosynch – This is the best version of the image I can find, but alas cannot chase down any provenance for the original:
Zephyr – This one is by a Japanese artist known as Imperial Boy. His (we will assume) official website is no longer active, having been at:

I’m using them only on a temporary basis, for private circulation, and will have to have proper art sourced or done before I go to print.

No seriously, the guy is shameless.

After playing with today’s Google Doodle, I found myself inevitably drawn to Youtube, to find a good quality version of the full piece of his most famous work, the 9th in D Minor. I slipped my headphones on, settled in with a design task I had to spend a good hour and a half on, and let it start washing over me.

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Artwork away!

November 5th, 2009

I have created a couple of sub-pages on the art part of the site: one for my Wally Wood’s 22 Frames that Always Work, another for my 1,000 Words experiments.


October 30th, 2009

I’ve finally figured out what to do with this website!

This, my friends, is going to become the online repository for all of my life’s artwork. (Well, at least that portion of it which I am willing to be seen by the public.)

Not all of it will be great, but there is a fair accumulation of it. And as I have just recently figured out how to burn VCRs to our DVD disk recorder, early on the list will be the collected works of the Iced Dodo Creative Collective! Be frightened, folks….