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In my former life I was an actuary with three decades of global management experience. I like to claim those years make fertile writing fodder and perhaps that’s partly true, but the reality is that I came to the writing gig late. Now aged 65, I’m working harder than ever and relishing doing what I wish I’d done from the start.
My writing craft progresses. I began by writing short stories, mostly about middle-aged men in the corporate world (surprise, surprise), and had a modicum of success: I read out one tale at the Melbourne Writers Festival and earned some minor competition awards. Deadly Investment and Deadly Day Trading are available for your reading pleasure. Look out for Gentle & Tusk #3! Read Listen Watch is a capacious review site, covering books, movies, and rock albums, which is gifted by me to the world! My preoccupation over recent years, an “everyperson” history of nuclear energy, inches closer to fruition and can be nibbled at on Nuclear Power History, my preparatory blog. Slow Glow to 70, my quirky, geeky, and heartfelt journal blog, with a five-year life, has just kicked off (an earlier five-year journal blog, centered on daily focus, Big Decade, is worth taking a look at). A blog/book project, bearing witness to the fifteen bird species of Cranes amidst a warming planet, launched recently: 15 Cranes In The Anthropocene. A secret project brews in 2021.
Writing provides much of the meaning in my life but I chase a number of dreams. I am an ardent reader in a wide variety of book genres, I also get excited by modern film and am still current with, and thrilled by, rock music. My wife and I hike often, our adventures ranging from day walks, through pub-to-pub multiday rambles, to camping and hefting backpacks into remote territory. We’re ardent birdwatchers; like Jonathan Franzen, I use birding as my conduit to nature. An activist in several periods of my life, I’m an Extinction Rebellion arrestee in support of my current preoccupation: the climate emergency. Philosophically, I am a rational humanist. I jog and cycle.