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Mordred’s Victory & Other Martial Arts Mutterings by Jamie Clubb - Masterful Insights from a wandering warrior

Mordred’s Victory & Other Martial Arts Mutterings by Jamie Clubb – Masterful Insights from a wandering warrior

Mordred's Victory & Other Martial Mutterings

Mordred’s Victory & Other Martial Mutterings

Most of you will know that I was Features Editor and Technical Consultant for what used to be four of the most popular and influential martial arts magazines in the UK. At one point I was actually writing up to 80% of the content.

During that time I was privileged to meet, interview and train with a number of very talented, hard working and dedicated…

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Empire of Thorns - by Mark Lawrence - A review of the trilogy

Empire of Thorns – by Mark Lawrence – A review of the trilogy

Utter gut churning brilliance, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Utter gut churning brilliance, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

I’m being a bit lazy here as I can’t be arsed to review each book individually, I’m too busy trying to write my own stories and get as a good as Mark ‘bastard writes too well’ Lawrence to do that. So I’ve decided that I shall review the whole lot in one go.

Jorg, Jörg, Jörg. What a thoroughly decent and upstanding human being he is.…

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Seasons of War - A War Doctor Unofficial Charity Anthology for Caudwell Children Charity

Seasons of War – A War Doctor Unofficial Charity Anthology for Caudwell Children Charity

Yes, this IS a cool War Doctor anthology

Yes, this IS a cool War Doctor anthology

Many people who follow me on Facebook and Twitter will no doubt be aware that I have been accepted into one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever taken part in.

Seasons of War is an unofficial War Doctor Anthology. It’s official, I’m now an unofficial Dr. Who author and I got to write a story that has John Hurt as the star! John. Hurt! As you can imagine…

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Warriors: Past to Present – A writer’s reference, and a writing challenge – Part 3 – Yorkist Man at Arms - Battle of Bosworth 1485

Warriors: Past to Present – A writer’s reference, and a writing challenge – Part 3 – Yorkist Man at Arms – Battle of Bosworth 1485

Yorkist Man at Arms - Battle of Bosworth 1485

Yorkist Man at Arms – Battle of Bosworth 1485

The amazing photographer, Thom Atkinson has recently published what he calls ‘Soldiers Inventories’ on his website. These photos are clearly a work of art and show a love for the subject that is sublime. Each piece is laid out as if it were part of a puzzle and every time I look at them, I spot something different, or work out a different combination…

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Warriors: Past to Present – A writer’s reference, and a writing challenge – Part 2 – Mounted Knight – Siege of Jerusalem 1244

Warriors: Past to Present – A writer’s reference, and a writing challenge – Part 2 – Mounted Knight – Siege of Jerusalem 1244

Mounted Knight - Siege of Jerusalem 1244

Mounted Knight – Siege of Jerusalem 1244

The amazing photographer, Thom Atkinson has recently published what he calls ‘Soldiers Inventories’ on his website. These photos are clearly a work of art and show a love for the subject that is sublime. Each piece is laid out as if it were part of a puzzle and every time I look at them, I spot something different, or work out a different combination as to…

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Warriors: Past to Present – A writer’s reference, and a writing challenge – Part 1 – Huscarl 1066

Warriors: Past to Present – A writer’s reference, and a writing challenge – Part 1 – Huscarl 1066

Huscarl Battle of Hastings 1066

Huscarl Battle of Hastings 1066

The amazing photographer, Thom Atkinson has recently published what he calls ‘Soldiers Inventories’ on his website. It’s annoyingly close to a book/documentary that I was putting a pitch together for (although I still shall!) and the photography is gorgeous.

This is a fabulous resource for budding authors who want to write either historical fiction, historical…

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Dalek Invasion - Third Con of the year

Dalek Invasion – Third Con of the year

This guy scared the living shit out of all the kids. I want his job.

This guy scared the living shit out of all the kids. I want his job.

What the fuck? I don't remember taking this picture at all! The Silence photobombing us yet again!

What the fuck? I don’t remember taking this picture at all! The Silence photobombing us yet again!

Yeovilton Air Museum was one of my favourite places to go as a kid. When I were young, we were lucky to get away with a beating, a rotten potato and a trip with a couple of friends for our birthdays. Yeavilton was one of my…

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Nineworlds - Second Con of the year

Nineworlds – Second Con of the year

Marshall Law - What an amazing cosplay!

Marshall Law – What an amazing cosplay!

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I know you do, Den, I know you do.

As you might have guessed, I managed to sneak a few cons into the schedule this year. I chose to go to Nineworlds because Gav Thorpehad mentioned it and said that it was a good one to go to, and I needed to hand a copy of Raus! Untoten to one of the authors. I have to say that I think the price of £40 was a bit steep,…

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UNITY - First con of the year

UNITY – First con of the year

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UNITY is something I heard about on Facebook, I’m part of the Devon Geek Group and one of the key members, Kai Wong, owns the venue (a rather good chinese restaurant in Rockbeare).

As usual, I persuaded the youngest dort to come with me and have a look around. It’s a very small, friendly and local con and I felt that if I wanted to see more cons happening, I should get off my increasingly fat…

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Potatoes - Well & Truly Sporked feedback

Potatoes – Well & Truly Sporked feedback

Writing is a cool thing to do. You have an idea, you write a story, poem or essay about it and you publish it (whichever way you want to, doesn’t matter). People then read it. However, many people can read something without ever letting you know that they actually liked it. Which is the uncool thing about being an author. Without reviews you can never tell if people are actually enjoying the…

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