Pen names, or the trouble with having a common name.

Ok, so my given name is Craig Brown. In the UK this is not exactly an uncommon name. There's a reasonably well known writer with the name who isn't me, there was a Scottish soccer manager, and so on. When I started out writing I tried to think of ways to counter this, mostly involving... Continue Reading →



NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) kicks off in a few weeks and I think I am going to do it this year. I've thought about it in the past but never done it The excuses are easy - when would I have the time, do I have an idea ready for a first draft,... Continue Reading →

Leica envy and GAS . . .

Leica. Of course if I had a Leica camera (digital or film, depending on the fever dream) and a few lenses (I guess a 35mm, 50mm, 90mm and 135mm to cover all the bases) I would be content. I would never need another camera or lens. I would use them all the time and .... Continue Reading →

The Holga Digital Camera

Yes, the digital Holga. Not the 120 film Holga, the 35mm Holga, not even the SLR add-on lens but the actual digital Holga. You know what it looks like - a smaller version of the 120 film version - so I won’t bother with pictures of the camera itself. As for the specs - it... Continue Reading →

The Nikon D3000

The Nikon D3000 was introduced in 2009 and has a 10.2 megapixel sensor, it has some shutter speeds and various modes – okay, I’m not exactly into the repetition of camera specs. If you want all the technical details then Google the camera, there are plenty of places listing all of them. Basically, it is... Continue Reading →


So here’s my 100th post . . . and my first in a couple of years. Why restart now? I want to post for myself, a way to get my thoughts down and organised, a way to motivate myself, and a way to share ideas and thoughts. Will anyone be interested? I guess I will... Continue Reading →

Createspace and print editions.

Createspace. Amazon's resource for creating, amongst other things, printed editions of books. Even as a fan of the Kindle for publishing I do have to admit to there being a certain thrill to holding a physical book in your hands. We all started reading with print so it speaks to something deep inside to have... Continue Reading →

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