Category Archives: Winter


001That’s right Earthlings/Marslings and any other lifeform picking up this transmission! I’ve been whittering/rambling on for nearly nine years on this blogsite! Some of it makes sense, but sometimes it hasn’t..

ANYWAY, From Saturday, I’ll officially begin the countdown, trying to write something everyday, even if it’s just reblogging other’s posts- It’s the Summer Blogathon where Anything can happen, Tuesday til Monday and then it starts all over again!

I’ll probably hit 900 posts by September. This one is 842-ish, so miles and miles to go before I sleeeeeep!

Better get cracking then hadn’t I?




“Somebody make me feel alive and shatter me.”


SHATTER ME, performed by Lindsay Stirling and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is an awesome duet. It’s the song that makes you fall in love with dubstep violins.


At times it feels like such a melancholic track. When you feel like you’re just going through the motions and desperately need an epic change of direction or 180’ turnaround or paradigm shift.


It would also make an awesome theme tune. If I ever get round to making my Star Wars fan fiction film ‘Another Chance’ about the Survivors of Alderaan and Officers aboard the Death Star, then this’ll be it.

I actually found it when I was looking for the Attack on Titan spin off No Regrets about Levi. Someone had made a music video

Levi/Attack on Titan AMV-


Then I used it for the theme of the first Cosplay get together in 2017. While roaming round the Museum and Library, saw a video with Tim Peake aboard the Space Station, so had to include a shot of him- Awesome!

My post on LS Facebook page-




Ian’s Travelblog 19- Looking back at Woodhouse Hill and Helsby Hill circular trail 2018


These are the Epic Adventures and Travelling Tales of Ian Cai Mercer and Mr. Tiberius Tiglet.

Ian Cai Mercer is an Antevasin, a wanderer, writer, poetic lonely soul and philosophical rambler.

Seeking out New experiences, new destinations, to Boldly Amble where he’s not Ambled Before!

Tiglet sometimes offers an alternate perspective, and can even take over too.


There is something to be said about getting your feet out of the door and going on a great big Adventure.

As I am particularly fond of the Grieg sketch with Andre Previn from Morecombe and Wise, as Eric said- “I’m playing all the right notes, not necessarily in the right order, I’ll give you that sunshine!” So here you’ll find me referring in the videos to hikes I have already done, but maybe not shared yet. Don’t worry though, it will all become clear. At least clearer than at the moment!

So, to catch up on places been to, I have edited a few hikes from last year I didn’t originally post on Youtube. The (nearly) Circular trail for Woodhouse Hill and Helsby Hill was from 50 Walks in Lancashire and Cheshire by Jon Sparks, AA Publishing 2005. So the book is a bit dated. I haven’t actually done many walks in the book and actually went off this partway through.

This time I missed off the Iron Age Hillfort remains on Woodhouse, following Joes path rather than the section of the Sandstone Trail I have hiked along before.

I wanted to end the walk atop Helsby Hill, but the rain put me off, but it was a good hike, a lot of musing over places I’ve been and ideas of where I’d like to go. Of course, little did I know back then that I’d spend the next seven months doing staff cover, so all my little walking plans went bye-bye like Dorothy in a hurricane.


So, another mini-epic over and done with, what’s next?!


‘cos life can be a scary story, or just sucks.

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‘cos life can be a scary story, or just sucks. Either way, armour up!



“In 2019, the Grey took over the Earth.

Ten years later, it’s about time we took it back.

Grey Earth- Bound. The Revolution begins.



Lucius Leroy Jakaaran. 28/02/2029CE


There’s yet another trailer up for GD, short but sweet. LLJ sends out the call to arms.

Now the Next phase of the project is to get the characters cast, something to do over half term!

So LLJ and his sister LORETTA- Human characters, non-white Northern. DARIEL- Elven female. CAPTAIN FAIRFAX- White female. JANIE KUZAZURI- Oriental female

(voices)-EMKON- Yeti male. ‘THE TWINS’- Mutant Greys Male/female COMMANDER RECIUS-Grey male. THE GREYLORD- Female or male.

Now it’s time to get organised Ian- There’s a scary concept!


Innovative Ian’s Dilemmas- going to the upside down

BBRHjwjI’m unsure which I’m looking forward to most- Game of Thrones 8 or Stranger Things 3. It’s a dilemma because it means I’ll need to re-watch one again.

I saw Thrones before Christmas and reread the novels, so I might have a Stranger Things binge at some point. Thrones 8 is April, yet have to wait ‘til the summer for Things.

It is a dilemma, just not much of one really!

In the meantime, got a new Trailer for Grey Dominion to edit and it is Chinese New Year- Say Ni Hao to the Year of the Pig! I tried making a card in school, but that bombed out, as usual.

Anyway, all this rumbling round my head on a spin-cycle had me dream up a new Stranger Project, so I’ll be doing some test shots over the next week or so.

In the meantime- Welcome to the Year of the Pig, let’s see if Babe can fly!


photo of red paper lanterns

Photo by mentatdgt on




A Winter full of shorts (stories that is!)


So this is a sequel to last summer’s extravaganza, where I listed a bunch of stories and where I sent them. Nearly all were rejected and I’m still waiting to hear back from HEARTS KISS about Making the First Move and By the Lights of the Silvery Moons.

I’m still fishing for that elusive, slippery First Commission, wriggling like a fish, if you get the imagery. I have been through and dusted off a few tales and sent them out into the ether, hoping for a response, a bit like the search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence, there’s no sign yet, but I’m still hopeful!

So what’s out this glorious Mid-winter’s day then? Well, The Last Christmas of Planet Earth went to ALBEDO 1, Time of the Centuroids was submitted to FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Terror of the Centuroids, to HARD UNIVERSE, I have sent The Band of Firebrothers to GALAXY’S EDGE, The Beckoning Call to ORSON SCOTT CARD’S INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW and SID The RoboDetective to ESCAPE POD, and finally Arachnicide was brushed off and sent to AMAZING STORIES. My one new story– I Slept Through the Apocalypse, based on Grey Dominion, I have submitted to ANALOG Magazine.

So there you have it. Ten stories and there are another six that need editing/revising and then it’s trying to finish the next dozen or so I have begun. And Tiglet might be getting a few new tales as well. So I’m looking for a breakthrough, anyway possible.

And that’s all from the Literary Front. If you’re interested in reading any of my published stories, both A Riot in the Library and Inquisition were relegated to being online by the University of Liverpool in 2015 while Incineration Day was included in Epic Anthology in 2014 and the Case of the Missing Mince Pies in the Chester Writers Anthology in 2017. All are listed on my Linked In page-