yonder all before us

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yonder all before us

Time and space are important issues in the novel I’m writing. It’s mostly set in the early 80s, because there were a lot of things I remember that I wanted to write about. That’s not a problem at all.…

where the story began

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where the story began

When I started my MA course in Creative Writing, I told a few people the story of how I started writing. I had an inspirational teacher at the age of 9, that's the shortest version.…

interstitial

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interstitial

Interstitial spaces are defined by what they are between. They are non-places, between other, proper places. Here is one. between two walls (Hatton Gallery, Newcastle)In web design, an interstitial meant a “please wait” screen displayed to deter the user…

the map’s in your soul

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the map’s in your soul

I found this quotation about novel-writing from E.L. Doctorow and immediately liked it. It reminded me of a car journey I once made, when I was a PhD student. I needed to return to Newcastle, but there was a very heavy fog; I didn't realise how heavy, until I got out of town…

map research

changemaps

map research

I've written about my contributions to OpenStreetMap before. Surveying the ever-changing Newcastle Helix site for OSM, I noticed that part of Corporation Street no longer exists on the ground, bulldozed to make way for a new building that is just being started…

thought experiment

imagining

thought experiment

Latency, in computer networking, means the delay between preparing to send information and the start of the transfer itself. It was a term borrowed from biology, where latency is the delay between stimulus and response.…

sedimentary

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sedimentary

It is hot even under the trees in Central Park. People are strolling, having languid conversations on the lawns, or dozing off on an outcrop of warm Manhattan schist.…