After spending most of the 21st century in the aerospace industry coding engineering tools and calculating phase matching on microwave coaxial cables, I’m now a freelance writer. I have several projects in development: a novel or two, a comic and the complete history of DMA Design, which happens to be that games company I worked for.
Before those are completed, I have some short stories and articles which you can read on this site and download for free if you wish.
When I’m not being a writer, I’m a hobbyist moviemaker who still attempts to keep his hand in with programming.
Ask me about commissions!
As of February 2018 I am working on a number of projects, both personal and commissioned.
I am currently working on background, plot and characters for an exciting indie computer game called Inviolate. This is a futuristic Sci Fi dungeon crawler with a retro feel. A demo version, which takes the form of a short story, is almost ready. If the upcoming Kickstarter is successful, I’ll be writing the full story. I’m excited about this in no small part because the game is inspired by, amongst other things, Hired Guns, a classic Amiga game which I also wrote the story for.
Archangel: A Deed Without a Name
I delivered a thirty page comic script to Last Ride Digital Video as a prequel to the events which take place in their forthcoming web TV series Archangel. I have recently completed lettering duties, in addition to typesetting as the colour pages come in. Typesetting was a large part of my job back in the 90s so it made sense for me to offer to do it. The artwork is now complete and just needs out artist to add colour. We’ll be offering this to publishers soon. I’m pleased to say that I’ve now been asked to pitch for a whole Archangel Series, plus another one-shot which I can’t talk about yet.
An early preview is available in the Free Stuff section.
Several years ago I wrote a short film script for independent amateur filmmakers Starship Intrepid. We have been making short films since 2003 under the banner of Star Trek Fan Films. Since the new official guidelines are now in place and we seem to conform to them, we are pressing ahead. Filmmaking with my friends is a hobby, but this has been the first time I’ve directed my own script. Filming was completed last year and the project is now at the editing stage.
In a bit of a change of pace, last August I wrote a thirty minute audio drama script for political thriller Terms. After season one, the producers had decided to make an anthology season, and so opened up their world for anyone to pitch for. I was delighted to have a successful pitch and be welcomed on board. Production should take place sometime in 2018.
Oh No! The History of DMA Design
This has been going on for several years now. DMA Design is the Scottish games company I worked for in the 80s and 90s, notable for creating Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto. I’ve been writing down my memories of that time, doing research, and going through all the paperwork I still have, adding events to a master timeline where I can. That stage is mostly complete and I’m now asking other former employees for their memories.
If you are wondering how on Earth you can show your appreciation, for example if you enjoyed one of my free downloads, or have fond memories of a retro game I once worked on, you can donate a pound. Entirely voluntary of course.