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The meaning of the sword in Dark Age cultures

“The pen is mightier than the sword,” said the comedian Marty Feldman. “And considerably easier to write with.” He was…

The over-enthusiastic etymologist, #2: Berserk, Gay, Money

I’ve always loved words and as a schoolboy I wanted to become an etymologist. I had a collection of a…

What I’m writing about this week, #13: fjords

Some of the action in my next Fire Born novel (No.4), the continuing adventures of Bjarki and Tor, takes place…

Special delivery! A blog about working from home

I tried recently to interest various magazines and newspapers in employing me as a columnist. Frankly, I need the extra…

The over-enthusiastic etymologist, #1: Canada, Handsome, Enormity

I’ve always loved words and, as a teenager, I wanted to become an etymologist. I fantasised about having a column…

Historical Note: The Loki Sword

My third Fire Born novel has been out for a couple of weeks now, so it’s probably safe – spoiler-wise…

Go on, buy me a horn of foaming ale!

The life of a writer is always financially precarious but, recently, with inflation leaping upwards and the cost of living…

What I’m writing about this week, #12: battle between the Goths and the Huns

OK, this is a little bit of a fib. I have already researched and written about the semi-legendary Dark Age…