Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Cat with Blue Fur

I've written three pieces of flash fiction for The Cat with Blue Fur competition.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012


flashy lights dancing, time to take ibuprofin for the aching head

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Do Atheists Believe in Tuesdays?

The description of atheists as not believing in gods or any supernatural entities is simplistic and wrong. You would have great difficulty finding an atheist who denied the existence of religious churches. Those churches are built by people who believe in one or more gods. Therefore the concept of gods exists and has been used to justify building great cathedrals and in fighting bloody wars. To deny the very existence of deities as being not real is as preposterous as claiming that concepts such as happiness aren't real.

Once this has been established, discussions of the nature of religion therefore must focus on the supernatural forces involved or the intentions of the gods. The former being tricky to discuss due to supernatural forces with irrefutable evidence being called natural forces. The latter is equally problematic as intentions and conscious experience bring together all the uncertainty of experience and free will that we have as individuals, let alone beings and persons external to ourself.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Quality vs. Quantity

Sometimes you have to choose quality over quantity.
Every so often you'll need to choose doing over thinking.
Occasionally you just need to get something done.

This place needs perfect posts, not regular updates.

This will now be erratic.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Recipe for Life


  • 1 egg
  • 1 sperm
  • 5 years of upbringing by parent or carer
  • 1 education, level to taste
  • 3 to 5 significant teenage experiences
  • 1 job, skilled or unskilled
  • a pinch of understanding
  • a dash of luck


  1. Preheat the womb to 37 degrees.
  2. Combine the egg and sperm and gestate in the womb for 9 months.
  3. Once ready, remove the baby and allow to develop for 5 years.
  4. When the 5 years is up, send the child off to be educated.
  5. While the child is being educated, keep a close eye on it to be sure it's doing what you want.
  6. After the child reaches it's thirteenth birthday it will start to become more independent. This is normal and nothing to panic about.
  7. Over the next few years the young adult will experience several things that will, in hindsight, be seen as key points in their development. However at the time they'll likely seem to be just another bad day.
  8. Eventually the adult is likely to leave education and hopefully get a job. One thing to be careful of here is to not assume that learning stops with education. Not many recipes mention this explicitly, but perhaps the most important learning for a life happens outside education.
  9. After seasoning with some understanding and luck, let the new life out into the world.
  10. Life tends to go best with other life, so try to ensure that there is other life around.
Serves one species.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Summoning

I drew the poker over the fire, exposing the warm orange glow of the burning wood and causing sparks to rise up into the air. I consulted the start of the scroll for the incantation which I was planning on performing. The embers of the fire were exactly as instructed by the scroll, so I stood up and went to the cupboard containing the components necessary for this preparation.

Removing the tuber of Solanum from the cupboard along with a root of Brassica rapa. I carefully grated to the size described in the scroll and then carefully pressed them into the steel pan and placed it over the heat. I consulted the scroll on my next course of action and realised that the instructions were very explicit, a steel pan wouldn't produce the correct flow of energy, I should have used a cast iron one. I dug around in my equipment cupboard and discovered a suitable dish and transfered the mixture to it.

Returning to the scroll, I read the next steps which demanded blood of pig mixed with grain of the fields and intestines filled with ground flesh mixed with the correct herbs. I went to my larder and returned with the prescribed items. Slicing them thickly I then placed them in the steel pan which I had almost foolishly used previously.

I looked over at my cauldron and saw that the water was bubbling furiously in it, just as the spell dictated. I carefully placed the ovulation of poultry into the cauldron and started to count slowly to sixty, not once, not twice, but thrice.

Once the counting was done I removed the eggs from the cauldron and then consulted the scroll for the incantation one last time to check that I hadn't missed anything. All seemed to be in order and all that remained was the final step of combining my previous preparations onto a plate and to consume them; which I planned to do with much gusto.

As I cut into the stuffed intestines with my knife, my thoughts moved to what to prepare for the noon time ritual later today. The spirit of the world guided my will and I knew immediately that I should prepare thinly sliced pig aired over smouldering pine resin within fermented and baked crushed grains. With the plans for the rest of the day settled I bit down on the reward of my labours.

Monday, April 19, 2010


Deadlines loom ahead,
Causing me a panicked rush
Missing perfection.