Writing Retreat + 2nd Annual Reader Meetup



I’m in Amsterdam all week on my annual writing retreat. I love the city: it’s mist, smoke, architecture, and art; the shops, the people, the cafes, and just the right amounts of professionally-manicured sleaze.

I think I’m done with Book Four – I don’t mean it’s written or anything crazy like that, but I am now almost 100 percent comfortable with what needs to be written. The summit is in sight folks!
(Writing this now, I’m pretty sure I’ve said that before, but… this time I really mean it! Promise!)

Tonight will be the second of our annual reader meet-ups. I’m looking forward to it! I hope to see all the same faces as last year! And hopefully some new ones.

Some words fresh from the tips of my fingers you ask? Proof of work as it were… Sure:

Abhyuday whacked the palm-frond violently across the big brown buttocks before him. A fat horsefly burst into a Pollock of ketchup and mustard against the animals glistening hide.

The bovine who had suffered the bulk of the strike’s collateral damage swung its head lethargically back and gave its assailant a long blank look.

“You are very welcome.” The buffalo herder—aka Abhyuday Narasimhan, head of the Atlantis Academy of Sciences—informed it.





And finally some mood pics:

Reddit: ‘Ask Me Anything’


I (/u/2oby) will be doing an ‘Ask Me Anything’ this Friday on Reddit Self Publish. Join me >> here << NOW!

I will be answering questions on writing and Sci-Fi.

“I am Toby Weston, software by day, positive-futurism by night. I’m writing my fourth book: Hard Sci-Fi, with dolphin Eco-terrorists, Sentient AIs, and an Internet of Animals. AMA!”

I will be uploading the transcript here afterwards.

Tech from Singularity’s Children: N’s Shape Shifting Masks



In my books, the Nebulous Klan (think the IRL Anonymous) uses soft face wrapping masks to hide their features. The masks make the wearer look like they are being pixel-blurred, but as we see in Book Four, they can do more…

Anyway, these face-projectos (which are a real thing, not fancy computer effects) use a different mechanism to achieve a similar result.