About


About Neil:

Neil makes things up and writes them down in the hope they will entertain (and pay).

He writes across most genres but tends towards fantasy, science fiction and horror where most of his publishing credits to date have been based. These include:

– The Room (2010) – Tales from the Moonlit Path
Crunch (2009) – Ballista (2009) – Buy (specify issue 7)
– The Mine (2008) Jupiter SF
– Various stories (2008) Illuminations: The Friday Flash Fiction anthologyBuy
– The House (2007) Aphelion Webzine

Occasionally he writes bad poetry.

And yes: that is his real hair.

About this blog:

Neil ran a blog from 2007-2010 called The Other Side of The River.

It started as a way of keeping family and friends, scattered all over the world, up to date with what was happening with him. Over time the site started to carry reviews, small pieces of fiction, satire and pretty much anything Neil felt like talking about.

The decision to move to a self-hosted platform was largely technical and to allow more freedom and control over the site. He still blogs about whatever he wants but finds that, more often than not, he touches most on:

–       Literature
–       Writing
–       Film
–       Digital
–       Travel

In 2013, the wheels rather came off this enjoyable hobby when Neil’s eldest son died during natural labour at 41 weeks and change. The blogging has been sporadic since, though writing and life have continued, with a more regular beat starting to return. Consequently, you can find stuff on grief and coping with loss through art.

Moderation policy:

Comments, debate and contact is encouraged but abuse, spam and generally being an arse are not. All first time commentators go for moderation at first, this is more about preventing spam, there after I trust you to behave but obviously I can, and do, revoke comment privileges when people go too far – generally you get a warning first. There is no right to recall.

Copyright:

Unless stated otherwise, all content on this blog is offered on an Attribution-No commercial-No derivative Creative Commons license. This means you are:

–       Free to re-post (although it’s generally polite to only take a section of content due to SEO best practice around duplicate content)
–       You do not make money from the re-posted material.
–       You attribute the content to its rightful owner (me unless stated otherwise)

I’d prefer it if you let me know as I generally find out anyway.