Welcome. Firstly, thank you for buying and reading my books over the years: You have, quite literally, put food in my children's mouths and allowed me to pursue the career of my choice.
Today, the whole world seems very uncertain, and a lot of that uncertainty will be spent indoors, maybe for weeks or months. I think a spot of timely 'After Sales Service' from Fforde while the uncertainty is upon us might be a good idea.
I'll be adding when I can, hopefully every day or every couple of days, depending on workload. You'll have new stuff and old stuff: The never-before-seen deleted first chapter of The Eyre Affair (if I can find it) some of my hideously bad early writing (cunningly rebranded as 'juvenilia'), some new short stories, random mutterings, book and film reviews, hints and tips on writing, and some of the hi-jinx we got up to in the movie business.
You will probably also have to weather my passion for the 'challenging impracticality' of using old technology in a modern era - large format wet chemistry photography and Model T Fords.
In short, I hope Adventures in Jasperland will divert and entertain you over the coming weeks.
So stay safe, stay smart, stay healthy - and as Eddie Russet from Shades of Grey might have it: "Apart we are Together".
March 21st 2020
075: 4th June 2020 Shades of Grey writing processes..
074: 3rd June 2020 Readers weigh in on the 'Crummy Curses' idea.
073: 2nd June 2020 Tuesday: No content.
072: 1st June 2020 Toad News: SpaceX Space Suits
071: 31st May 2020 Blogspot: Place and the author.
070: 30th May 2020 Championing Puffins: Stig of the Dump
069: 29th May 2020 I learned about flying from that
068: 28th May 2020 Gas Guns on Death Machine
067: 27th May 2020 Author Stories: Festivals
More unto: Film Jargon from the 80's and 90's. Updated 26th May 2020
066: 25th May 2020 Family Quizzes that tell a story
065: 24th May 2020 Rubbish curses from crummy enchanters
064: 23rd May 2020 Rabbit Book cover Evolutionary Convergence
063: 22nd May 2020 Central Park August 2006
062: 21st May 2020 Toad News: Indigo Leaves Spectrum
061: 20th May 2020 Fforde Book Giveaway
060: 19th May 2020 Powys Stories: The Rover ATOM
059: 18th May 2020 Dead Socialist Leaders Pt 3: Leon Trotsky
058: 17th May 2020 Dead Socialist Leaders Pt 2: Ho Chi Minh
057: 16th May 2020 Dead Socialist Leaders Pt 1: Lenin
056: 15th May 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Michael Denison
055: 14th May 2020 Painting J078: Fewer not Less
054: 13th May 2020 Writing Tips
053: 12th May 2020 Toad News: New Cryptography Idea
052: 11th May 2020 Top Ten Bedtime Stories for Kids (and adults)
051: 10th May 2020 Instagram: Ceiling of The Week
050: 9th May 2020 On the On The Black Hill Then and Now
049: 8th May 2020 Short Story 'The Button Guy'
048: 7th May 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Michael Kitchen
047: 6th May 2020 Seven Wonders of Swindon
046: 5th May 2020 'Out Walking' Unpublished Short Story
045: 4th May 2020 Stereo Photography
044: 3rd May 2020 Less well known astronomical bodies
043: 2nd May 2020 Jasper's Great Elevator Waiting Moments
042: 1st May 2020 Day in the Life: The Casbah, Algiers, 2015
041: 30th April 2020 Possible Opener for The Big Over Easy
040: 29th April 2020 There is always a more elegant solution
039: 28th April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Denholm Elliot *PARENTAL ADVISORY*
038: 27th April 2020 Digital V Film: My view
037: 26th April 2020 More Enchanted Trees
036: 25th April 2020 British Columbia Government Building by Night
035: 24th April 2020 Toblerone Aversion Therapy
034: 23rd April 2020 'Sirens of Titan' Foreword
033: 22nd April 2020 1995 1st Chapter of The Eyre Affair
032: 21st April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Bill
032: 20th April 2020 Enchanted Trees of Wales - 02
031: 19th April 2020 Toad News: Lobsters Unrepentant
030: 18th April 2020 Short Story for 2016 Bristolcon
029: 17th April 2020 Orphaned Prose 1: Little Prince
028: 16th April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Samuel L Jackson
027: 15th April 2020 Toad News: Lamb admits life 'better than he expected'
026: 14th April 2020 A Day in My Life: 11th June 1999
026: 12th April 2020 2009 Short Story: Shuttle
025: 11th April 2020 Pirates of Penzance, 1982 Not Yet Posted
024: 10th April 2020 A Galaxy of Stars: Bill Hootkins
023: 9th April 2020 My English report from 1977.
025: 8th April 2020 Film Jargon from the 80's and 90's.
024: 7th April 2020 Trichrome.
023: 6th April 2020 NANOWRIMO.
022: 5th April 2020 Juvenilia: Poem from 1988.
021: 4th April 2020 Andrew Jack
020: 3rd April 2020 Picture: Hands around the tree
019: 3rd April 2020 Jasper Top Five Comedy Writing Sections
018: 2nd April 2020 Short Story 'Car Dog'
017: 1st April 2020 Colour Photography with B&W film
016: 31st March 2020 Toad News Flash 01
015: 30th March 2020 The Presto Bananio
014: 29th March 2020 The Scuttling Tree of Llandeilo Graban
013: 28th March 2020 Thursday Next Bonus Chapter
012: 27th March 2020 Fiction Island Road Sign
011: 27th March 2020 The Book Off! Podcast I never did..
010: 26th March 2020 Hamlet, Prince of Zombies
009: 26th March 2020 Warning: Horse Shapes
008: 25th March 2020 Deleted 'Shades of Grey' section
007: 24th March 2020 The meaning of Radnor words
006: 23rd March 2020 The Aero-Ekta Lens
005: 22nd March 2020 Enchanted Trees of Wales 01
004: 21st March 2020 Colourised or Colorized Daffodil
003: 20th March 2020 Spellchecking Jabberwock
002: 19th March 2020 The Force Awakens Review
001: 18th March 2020 Putting a moose in a box