In its thrall…

Woke up feeling rough from a dream where I was told I had Covid by a talking crow. Tested this morning and… Covid now has me in its thrall!

iphone repair

My first attempt to replace an iphone battery was a success! The hardest part was reinserting the tiny screws. Opening it up without damaging the screen proved to be pretty easy. I went V E R Y S L O W L Y. The phone was an old 6S that had a dead battery. I wanted to resurrect the phone for my son to use. Next I’ll look at a battery for my old ipad…

Young Knives

Great evening in Hoxton with Young Knives.

Locke & Key: Hell & Gone

Pretty impressed by how enjoyable this two-issue story has been. Usually, crossovers between comics are little more than cash grabs. Glad to say this wasn’t the case. Rodriguez’ art continues to be stunning (there’s a continuation of his Little Nemo in Slumberland homage here) and the way that Hill fitted this story within early Sandman is immensely satisfying. (I do need to get started on my Sandman re-read!)

Space: 1999

70s nostalgia alert! Very excited to discover the first six Space: 1999 novels in the Oxfam shop. Love (Season 1) of Space: 1999!

Dark Horse Trio

Lousy and frustrating end to what had been a pretty good day. When I got home I found an unexpected package I guessed was a book. Turned out to be these three from Dark Horse. Cheered me up? Not ‘arf.

800+ pages!

Alice bought me a copy of Deirdre Bair’s biography of Jung for my birthday. It’s some thing I’ve wanted to read but I hadn’t imagined it was over 800 pages. Certainly won’t get it finished this weekend.

August 1961

Picked this pre-order from my LCS this afternoon. It’s an omnibus collection of all the comics Martin Goodman’s comic company published in August 1961, including Fantastic Four #1.

The Spell of Conan / The Blade of Conan

I’ve been after this pair of books – reprints from the old Amra fanzine of criticism, stories and poetry published in 1979-80 – for YEARS! Never been able to get either for a reasonable price. Until now.


After spending too long in the sun yesterday, it’s raining here. Coat weather!

Summer Meadow

Skyward Sword

Somehow I’ve not played Skyward Sword before. It’s really good!

UK-Krakoa relations

Love how the UK is the country that breaks off relations with Krakoa in X-men #1. It’s the sort of thing the UK would do after booing during the Hellfire Gala.

Buscema & Roussos

Been looking at some early 80s covers for Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian by John Buscema. Hit by nostalgia which more than anything is down to George Roussos’ colouring. I have vivid memories of picking up these comics at newsagents on the way to school as a boy. Just delightful and lifted me after tough – seemingly endless – day!

Subterranean Network Blues

Sometimes I just don’t learn. Over the last decade I’ve built a Heath-Robinson home network out of a couple of WD NAS drives and some portable drives. For a few years I had one NAS automatically back up to the other every Sunday night. Back in March the newer NAS’ firmware updated and, for some reason, wouldn’t allow the other drive to auto backup. I knew that I needed to buy a proper NAS with RAID. But what I wanted was crazily expensive so I put my upgrade plans on hold and simply did a couple of manual backups syncing one drive to the other using FTP. Only I didn’t do it regularly. In fact, I think I only did it once. Yesterday something happened – some sort of router upgrade – that locked me out of both router and NAS drives. When I finally got back into the main NAS drive, I found it had been wiped. Everything wiped. While not the end of the world because the other NAS has everything backed up to last April, I’ve lost everything for the last two months. Really annoying. What’s worse is that I know I need to sort it out properly. I just don’t know what to do.

World of Black Hammer vol.3

Pleased to see the Library Editions of Black Hammer come out so frequently. Got this yesterday and just unpacked it this morning. I adore Tyler Crook’s artwork so this is a lovely Saturday morning pleasure.

Literature IS the operating instructions

Reading Ursula Le Guin’s **Words Are My Matter**, which is incredibly uplifting.

At one point Le Guin insists:

“Words are what matter. The sharing of words. The activation of the imagination through the reading of words.”

Thor 164

It’s a long time since I last bought an issue for my Warlock run. Got this today, Thor #164, which has – in the last couple of panels – there ‘s a glimpse of Him. It’s not in as good condition as I thought (there’s a little cover separation). Great Kirby art!


Gorgeous early Sunday morning in the back garden. Been out here for a couple of hours since six writing and reading. Shaped the piece I’m working on and looking at how James begins for some guidance on establishing tone at the start. Excited as I can see where this piece is going. Working title is “Brittle”. Everyone else is asleep in the house and I need this early morning to be able to completely focus.

Charity Shop Haul

Picked up some great books from the charity bookshop in town. A mixture of children’s books to add to my classroom library and some teacher books (Listening to Children Reading is one I’ve been looking out to find for ages). I’ve always steered away from Ladybird books but I’m not sure early years secondary students see them as just for primary kids anymore.