Don’t panic! It’s Towel Day! 

“You sass that hoopy frood Douglas Adams? There’s a guy who really knows where his towel is.”

Today is Towel Day a celebration and tribute to Douglas Adams, author of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch-Hiker Trilogy and other similarly mind-boggling works of fiction and non-fiction. If you’ve no idea what it’s all about the lovely folk from have produced this infographic.

Whatever you do today, above all make sure you know exactly where your towel is. 🙂

A roll of the dice



A roll of the dice.


Having found the Scottish Book Trust’s 50-word fiction competition page a few days ago, it inspired me to enter my own submission. The prompt was to “write a story featuring a roll of the dice” along with the picture shown. Under the terms of the competition I still retain copyright of my work (which is as it should be) and since the deadline has passed, here’s my effort for you to read.

Ciarán drew ragged breath as he hauled himself towards the cliff edge in a desperate attempt to escape. Yet still they closed.

He peered over the edge. The oncoming storm whipped up churning waves below. Trusting to luck as they closed on their quarry, he leapt out into the void.


I’ll be interested to read constructive feedback in the comments below. I’m not expecting to win as they probably receive dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of submissions each month. I did it for the fun and the challenge of it.  🙂

What’s on your reading list?

Geekdom can be about anything, books included. I dislike not having anything new to read at home, but there’s no danger of that in the near future! I’ve got a stack of books that I mean to get around to reading in the new year (and in what’s left of this one, to be honest).

I’ve got “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K Dick and “Why I Write” by George Orwell to finish off that I’m partway through. Unread and in no particular order I’ve got the following books waiting for yours truly to read:

  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Ring + The Opposite of Death by Jose Saviano
  • Best of Rebelle Society Vol 1: Celebrating the Art of Being Alive, curated by Andrea Balt & Tanya Lee Markul
  • Balderdash & Piffle by Alex Games
  • Wizardry and Wild Romance by Michael Moorecock
  • A Brief History of Fables: From Aesop to Flash Fiction by Lee Rourke
  • Approaching Zero: Data Crime and the Computer Underworld by Bryan Clough & Paul Mungo
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
  • Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra
  • And last but not least without a trace of irony… Speed Reading for Dummies by Richard Sutz with Peter Weverka

All of these bar one were bought on a whim in the last few months, mostly from second-hand bookshops around London.  The Michael Moorecock book I’ve read before when I was in High School.  I’ve no idea where my first copy is now; I’m sure I leant it to someone and never got it back.

So, what’s in your reading pile?