Change to Archive

23 07 2011

This blog is now dark. Posts are kept up as an archive only.

Following events on Saturday, 23rd July 2011, these archives have been altered with satirical and comment pieces referring to the late Amy Winehouse being removed.

Neil still blogs over at his own site http://www.neilbeynon.com where a longer description behind this edit is available.

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Migration

19 02 2011

Just a quick reminder: my blog has moved here: http://www.neilbeynon.com. Please update your links if you have been kind enough to link to me or update your feed if you read via RSS.

I’m moving most of the content from this blog to the new one as maintaining multiple sites is too much of a bind. Some content will – alas – disappear because it has limited appeal to most of my audience now.

I will try to point to the new home for the content wherever I can.





Favour: my blog has now moved

20 05 2010

Hey. If you’ve been kind enough to link to my old blog in the past please could you update your blogroll to my new address:

http://www.neilbeynon.com

If I missed anyone on my new site please drop me a comment (or an email if you have my address) and I’ll sort it out.

Many thanks.





3 is the magic number

13 05 2010

This blog is three today.

Back in 2007, when I started the blog, I wasn’t entirely convinced I’d be able to keep it going. I have had a variety of web presences over the years since 1998 when I dragged my arse up to Bradford to Get Educated but none have ever lasted this kind of time. At its peak the site was pulling in four figure visit numbers per day, even these days with me posting rather less it still pulls in a few hundred a day and I’m sure it could be pulled up a bit again.

But I’m not going to.

It’s been a good run but I’m finding the restraints of the wordpress.com platform – fab though it is – a little too much now. I’d like to have more opportunity to hack around my own analytics (helps with the day job); run the odd affiliate link to publications carrying either my content or that of my friends; include richer widgets and generally do what I want. It gives me more room to play.

I’m hoping as many of you as possible will come with me over to the new site:

My new blog, the imaginatively entitled Flotsam: The Other Side of the River Vol. 2, can be found at http://www.neilbeynon.com.

If you read the blog on a feed reader then you can update your feed to this address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/neilbeynon

If you want to sign up by email or update your email subscription please sign up here.

NB – This site will remain live for the foreseeable future.





Represent

6 05 2010

Election night in the UK.

I had, once upon a time, a long ranty post planned about how poor the choice was in this election. I had a belligerent plan to ignore it.

I still feel the old system of monolithic parties that you follow on *every* policy (a la Polly-whats-her-face at the Grauniad) is a pretty piss poor way to implement your democracy – bordering on a bi-decade elected oligarchy. And don’t get me started on the baby boomer agenda. In the end I voted for the party that least annoyed me.

But…

At least there appears to have been engagement, people cared, and that’s important. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get real change.

And I don’t mean Cameron.

NB – If you are swinging through because of my various attempts at satire, please do – if you weren’t too offended – check out my fiction.





Just do it…

14 04 2010

It’s been a bit quiet round here of late.

I’ve taken some time out for Eastercon and G’s birthday. I’ve done a bit of writing, rather more reading and some overdue thinking that has helped me clarify that I do need to make some changes to my approach if this writing thing is going to work. Primarily being a bit more realistic with my time, not surfing as much and setting expiry dates for projects.

In this vein I am – as previously stated – very near completion of The Scarred God (manuscript is there, I am really just cleaning up), have a new short story about to do the rounds, and am in the process of trunking older stories.

I’ve also been working on some changes to the blog and I anticipate a return to more regular content in the near future.

Stay tuned…





Eastercon 2010

6 04 2010

I’m back from Eastercon.

It was a great con: really good to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in a while and, indeed, to make some new ones. I couldn’t help feeling a little frustrated with myself that I had not quite managed to be in a position to actually pitch The Scarred God, but I’m only a fortnight to a month away (line edit and synopsis), I may need to just attend the Autumn cons instead – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

A good haul of books including Joe Hill’s “Horns”; Adam Roberts’ “New Model Army”; Gareth L Powell’s “Silversands” and Lauren Beukes’ “Moxyland”.

Most importantly I’m feeling more focused than I have been in a while. To be fair this started before the con, but being around like minded people, not having to talk day-job shop, and having some thinking time, really has turbo-charged that feeling. At one point I found myself writing on my i-phone in a corridor, something I haven’t done in months and it felt great (the writing on the spur of the moment rather than the device). Preserving this feeling as I go back to work next week will be tough but I think everything will benefit if I do.

Now I need to go let my liver recover.