Category: Walrus

  • Blogiversary: Greatest Hits

    Blogiversary: Greatest Hits

    Five years of all this nonsense but what nonsense were people reading and when? I’m down here in the archive stacks of Felapton Towers and blowing the dust off the weird old filing cabinets to find out. These posts are just the numbers-game hits rather than special favourites and often other factors drove the traffic […]

  • Sir Tim Cattenborough Presents The Life Cycle of a Novel

    [A stunning new nature documentary by world famous publisher, naturalist and national treasure Sir Timothy Cattenborough] Our beautiful planet Earth. From up here on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro we can see the vast vistas of nature’s own miracles and what greater miracle can there be than the majestic novel — one of the natural […]

  • Timothy and the Orthography of Biddlesworth

    It was a cold March day and Timothy the Talking Cat was stuck indoors. An icy wind would catch on the cat-flap in the kitchen and set the thing flapping noisily in a way that drove the cat away from his comfort position by the infrared glow of the Aga. Pacing the extensive hallways of […]

  • The Consuming Book Title

    Tor Books have revealed the cover of the third book in John Scalzi’s ‘Interdependency’ series. It’s very nice: big bold text over gorgeous space-art. For reasons far too complex to recap, I have ended up being something of a student of the covers of these books and I’m kind of disappointed that there isn’t going […]

  • Poster colour schemes

    Paul Weimer retweeted an interesting picture: The article he links to is really interesting. It looks how digital colour effects in film have led to the dominance of a “teal and orange” colour scheme that is visually appealing and yet unnatural. The accompanying Tweet shows how that same colour pairing keeps appearing on movie posters. […]

  • Amazon crackdown?

    Amazon crackdown?

    Has Amazon taken down books from the far-right Castalia House publishing outfit aka Vox Day’s vanity publisher? Vox Day is claiming that they have: “You may have noticed that you can’t find any Castalia House ebooks on Amazon right now. That’s because Amazon shut down our KDP account on the basis of a wildly spurious […]

  • The Concerning Fine by Tim Catzi: Part 2 of the Colluding Umpire

    Chapter 1The Countess Moggymotheaten of the House of Moggymotheaten surveyed her surroundings on her palatial spaceship. “F-ck, f-ck, f-ck,” she said using her customary choice of vocabulary.“Would…” asked her lawyer and occasional ex-lover Buggles Tinternabbeygiftshop, “…you like to me to…take care of this unfortunate incident for you?”“Of course I want you to f_cking, f-ck take […]

  • Work in Progress

    Last year my walrusfysing sci-fi cover maker was fun but I wanted to do something a bit better. I made the last one quickly using a tool called Hype, but I wanted to make something with leaner code that would let people make a big colourful space opera cover. In particular, I wanted the final […]

  • McEdifice Returns: Chapter It’s Grimdark Oop North

    By Tim “bobbins” Cat and Straw “fettled keks” Puppy It were grim all right. Grim and grey. Grim and grey and the air was sulfurous and full of grit. “This is must be an aspect of the hell dimension,” said McEdifice as the trio trudged up the hillside on the outskirts of the fume enshrouded […]

  • Chapters are cultural convention that we need not adhere to

    McEdifice Returns by Timothy the Talking Cat and Straw Puppy ©Timothy the Talking Cat and Straw Puppy. McEdifice™ Timothy the Talking Cat and Straw Puppy. All rights reserved. Patent pending. Also, we put this whole chapter in an envelope and mailed it to the Pope but we deliberately used the wrong address so it came back […]