Friday Photo Blogging: the brown dirt

Happy new year, and welcome to the first FPB of 2008! Have another picture from my trip to Yorkshire last month:

Freshly tilled field

Why? Because there’s been nothing worth photographing since, which has made me feel a right fool carting my camera about in hope of something interesting.

It may be that more practiced and instinctive photographers than I can make an exciting or interesting image out of the Velcro City streets on bleak and overcast midwinter days, but I must admit to defeat.

This town looks dull as hell in winter. Fingers crossed for sun. Or snow. Or an offer of lucrative yet lazy employment in Oaxaca, Mexico. Don’t care which.

Writing about music

Nothing exciting to report on the music front; it’ll take a little time for things to ramp back up after the holidays, I expect.

Writing about books

I cleared down my “review of 2007” pieces on New Year’s Day, and reviewed Nicholas Carr’s The Big Switch right here on VCTB.

In the pipeline, I need to swiftly (hah!) read Roberts’ Swiftly (after reading Gulliver’s Travels) and get it reviewed by the end of the month.

I also need to write up my thoughts on Palmer’s Debatable Space for Strange Horizons, and Stross’s Halting State* (probably for right here, unless I think of somewhere better to send it).

Lucky I have a weekend devoid of music writing deadlines, isn’t it? 🙂

Books and magazines seen

No magazines this week. I’m pretty positive that all my subs except Interzone have expired now, though I could be wrong – I need to check my receipts list.

Anyway, I think 2008 is going to be the year of electronic subscriptions for me, not just for the sake of convenience but for the sake of storage space also.

I did get one book in the post this week, though:


Nightmare In Silicon – Colette Phair (Chiasmus Press)

Chiasmus [beware – Flash’n’music site, they do film too] looks like an interesting new small press; the book looks well made and well presented, and the info pack seems comprehensive (if perhaps a trifle overdone).

Ms Phair has got some pretty impressive names blurbing the book (Rudy Rucker? Paul di Filippo? Alan Moore, FFS!), so I’m hoping it lives up to expectations. 

Just as a side note, Colette was the creator of the delightfully impolite science fiction T-shirt I bought earlier this year. If I like the book as much as the shirt, she’ll have done a fine job! 🙂


So, another short week as far as FPB is concerned. I suppose the only other thing that happened this week which is of potential interest to VCTB readers is the fact that I have quit smoking, and seem to be coping with it remarkably well so far**. Go, me!

Other than that, I have very little to report, other than that I plan to attack 2008 with all the vigour and focus I can muster, including posting more regularly here at VCTB***.

But right now, it’s time for me to head out and fetch The Inaugural Friday Curry Of The Year. Here’s hoping your new year has gotten off to a reasonable start – and that your weekend provides a welcome relief from these first few days back at work.

Hasta luego!

[* I agree with Ariel that the UK cover art for HS is excellent.]

[** OK, so it’s only my third day, and I live alone without other people smoking around me, and no one where I work smokes. But even so, I’ve always been given the impression that quitting cigarettes is supposed to be a really hard and nasty experience.

So either I’m doing something wrong, or I was a much lighter smoker than I thought, or I have adamantine willpower. Your guess is as good as mine. Still, it’s early days yet, so I’d best not get too cocky, eh?]

[*** Which means I’ll probably be completely mired in deadlines and baffled as hell by mid-February, but hey, even that will be an improvement on the year before. 🙂 ]

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