Category: The Hobbes Blogs

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, and the Next Generation (aka my kids)

I had the distinct pleasure of indoctrinating… er, I mean introducing my kids (6 and 3) to the world of Ghostbusters on the weekend. Completely unintentional, mind you. I hadn’t meant on them watching it, but they wandered out when it started, saw the librarian ghost (thought she was fantastic) and sat and watched the whole thing. Their favourite part? The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man of course. Once we’d finished the first one they saw the picture of the “Lady Ghostbusters”...

I hope my Kindle never dies

I love technology. I love all the new clever things that people way smarter than me invent and put out. Even my Kindle isn’t immune. New versions keep coming out: back lit, no buttons touchscreen, etc… but my Kindle is one thing I refuse to update. It’s got one job to do and it does it well. Yes, I need a light to see the screen. Yes, I have to press buttons to navigate… but damn it if this humble...

Reddit

Vikings, Reddit, and Real Life

The last month has been hectic. My pay-the-bills job has been keeping me busy, plus other things outside of work have got me to the point of not wanting to do any writing when I finally have spare time. I know that’s not the attitude to have, but it’s just been exhausting. That said, I think things are finally easing up a little which is giving me time to think about my next project. I’ve decided to work on a new...

Boneyards by Morgan Hobbes - Cover Image

Judging Books By Their Covers

Yes, I know you’re not supposed to judge books by their covers but I’m talking about my own here so I think I’m okay. I’ve never been 100% happy with the covers of Boneyards or Badlands – the two books of the FTW series, so over the last week or so I’ve been busy reworking them into something I’m happier with. This time I’ve tried to incorporate something that feels more like the world described in the book. Boneyards takes...

Funky Cold Medina – An Epiphany

Anyone who grew up in the 80s would have heard of Tone Loc. He had two major hits I can think of, one of which was Funky Cold Medina. If you haven’t heard of either Tone Loc or Funky Cold Medina, then you’ve lived a sheltered life and I pity you. So I was listening to (okay, so maybe I was enthusiastically white-boy rapping along with) Funky Cold Medina on my way to work when it suddenly occurred to me that...

AdWords and Breitbart – A Trap For New Players

Over the last two weeks I’ve been running ads for my FTW series books on Google AdWords to coincide with their promotional pricing on Amazon. I was startled over the weekend to be called out on twitter for advertising on Breitbart, a far-right website known for hate mongering. At first I thought it must have got the wrong guy, but no, the screenshot had my ad in all its glory above a homophobic rant on their website. Of course I...

Life, the Universe and Everything

The subject of this week’s post is a little misleading. It’s nothing to do with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, or even as the picture to the left may suggest, Marvin. He’s just there to help sell the misdirect. No, it’s just more a way of pointing out how life, the universe and everything can find almost limitless ways to divert me from my task at hand, namely writing my next book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the...

The Obsidian Witch

Since last week I’ve been working steadily on my new work in progress, tentatively titled “The Obsidian Witch”. I’ve had to take a few days off from writing as I’ve been awfully sick from tonsillitis (for like the 3rd of 4th time this year mind you.) That aside I’ve smashed out almost 7,000 words since last week which is a good start. I’ve been laying in a lot of scenes at the beginning and skipping parts that I haven’t yet...

Random Encounters

A quickie bonus post today because I had to share this. I’ve resisted the urge now for some time, but today I gave in and Googled my name to see what came up. I was very surprised to find the following image. That’s one of mine on the Kindle screen! Naturally I needed to know more, so I followed the link and found myself on the Etsy page of WeMadeItSew. The ladies who own this particular store hand sew a...

Mind-boggling Enormous

Why do people wish for immortality? I don’t know about others, but for me I blame science fiction. Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the list goes on. All of those are to blame. I’d love to see the universe and hope like hell it’s like something the crazy free-wheeling type of place we’ve imagined it to be. I can sit and stare at a full moon and feel despair because we’re not even close...