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John Brooke
Retired IT architect, now writing short stories

I joined Create50 in 2015. I have reviewed 6 projects.

Got sick of writing technical documents that everyone paid lip service to but otherwise ignored, so now I write short stories. Funny ones, I hope.

Films that Inspired Me

Life of Brian

My Favorite Quote

Brian: "Are you the Judean People's Front?" REG: "Fuck off!" BRIAN: "What?" REG: "Judean People's Front. We're the People's Front of Judea! Judean People's Front. Cor."

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About Me

I spent most of my career writing technical papers of one sort or another, initially as an academic and then as a IT architect and system designer. I've achieved minor fame worldwide in a very specific technical area as the author of a simple questionnaire which can be used to measure the usability of all sorts of systems (called, rather prosaically, the System Usability Scale). But I've also written academic papers about psychophysics, decision support, fault diagnosis. display design, medical decision making, usability engineering, and a host of other things. For an even longer time, I spent most of my time designing IT systems for a variety of clients, with some of the more interesting ones being in the news gathering and publishing area.

Once I decided that I couldn't stand the world of corporate BS any more, I started to write for my own amusement, decamped to rural Suffolk, and now I write short stories, which I hope amuse others (at least they amuse me, anyway). I've self-published some stories which I used to raise money for the Red Cross. I'm also exploring the East Anglian rivers, one by one, but as the winter draws on, that should free up more writing time....

My Recent Work

Story: English Bond Draft 1 for Twisted50 vol 2

Story: Trust Draft 3 for Twisted50

Story: Mara and Me Draft 3 for Twisted50

Work I have left feedback on (6 of 6)

Haggis Queen by Anna Taborska

Independence Day - Draft 2 by Tara Moore

Fear by Mark Renshaw

Mrs Shrimpton’s Ever Growing Flowerbeds and her Filleting knife by steven stockford

The A440 by Geoff Baier

Trick or Treat by SALLY EASTLAND

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Create50 Live Projects

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Twisted50 vol 2 // Book // collection of short stories

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Most Recent Blog

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50 Kisses Screens On Feb 14th Deptford Cinema

As a member of the Create50 commmunity, I want to invite you to a screening of 50 Kisses on valentines in Deptford. It will be a great night out and a chance to share the experience on the big screen.