And Another Thing My new blog now using Wordpress

April 19, 2014

The Not So Stories

Filed under: Uncategorized — rodgriff @ 9:45 am

eCover finalI’ve always admired Kipling’s “Just So Stories”‘ but they are dated and the style is very archaic. It always seemed to me that the basic idea was sound, namely trying to answer fundamental questions like “How did the Camel get his Hump”, only doing so in a whimsical way.

I prefer a certain amount of rationality alongside the whimsy, so my stories have a kind of fake science behind them. It is hardly science fiction, more slightly quirky ideas that seem rational at a first glance, but are then taken to a silly extreme. If you’ve ever listened to a swallow singing, for example, you may be struck with the thought that it sounds a bit like those times when you dial a phone number and get a fax machine by mistake. From there is it a simple leap of imagination to think that Swallows sit on phone wires in order to send faxes.

The other stories in the book have similar mad ideas exploited for their humorous potential.

The book is available on Amazon and Smashwords or from the publishers web site at

February 17, 2014

Hello world!

Filed under: Uncategorized — rodgriff @ 4:20 pm

After agonising for some while I have decided to move out of the safe haven of Blogger, and try the wider world of WordPress. The reason is simple, whilst I enjoy blogging I now have two books on the market, a share in a small publishing company, a number of short stories scattered around the web in various places and I am working on two other books. If feels like time to get real and try to make a web site that can at least pull all of this together in one place.

There is only one snag – I have  no idea what I’m doing, so this may be messy for a while.  Anyone wishing to join me on this adventure is welcome to comment – once I have figured out how to make that active – or you can email me at

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