Buried Amongst the Tinsel

The glitz of Christmas sometimes seems overwhelming. As the years have galloped onwards, it seems that the Christmas season has become ever more frenetic and frenzied. I love Christmas. Every year I read the Christmas story anew, and the familiar words bring that same sense of wonder. I love carols - the songs of joy … Continue reading Buried Amongst the Tinsel

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What in the World?

There are many things in this world that I don't understand. On my mind very recently has been the issue of gun control. I live in Australia. We have very strong gun laws. Since the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, our gun laws have become even more strict. During that massacre, 35 people were killed … Continue reading What in the World?

World Gone Mad

I'm sure everyone knows what happened in Paris yesterday, but I woke up this morning, wandered over to my social media sites and was struck by the chaotic mess of opinions. Facebook was covered in French flags. Twitter was awash with contrasting opinion, and the news feeds were full of doom and gloom. I took … Continue reading World Gone Mad

Thinking About All Kinds of Stuff

There are some weeks when I just think a lot. This week I've been thinking about all kinds of things. A lot of them have been Halloween related - for several reasons. The first reason is that I have a short story in the anthology The Cat the Crow and the Cauldron which is by a … Continue reading Thinking About All Kinds of Stuff

The New Star Wars Movie

I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars Movie. I was twelve when the first Star Wars movie was released. I remember going to the theatre with my brother, who was seven at the time, and being astounded by the special effects, and the sheer hugeness of what I was seeing on the … Continue reading The New Star Wars Movie

Feelin’ the Heat in Downtown Scone and looking for Agatha Christie

A great weekend at the Scone Literary Long Weekend!

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The state was experiencing a heatwave but in the 150 year old church, now the home of the Scone Arts & Crafts, with its 60cm thick stone walls, there was barely a bead of sweat in sight.

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The old church was almost to capacity as folk from the Upper Hunter & surrounds gathered to hear from guests and locals alike. I was privileged to be one of those invited guests  – along with Phillip Adams, Graeme Simsion, Samantha Turnbull, Ged Gillmore, Anne Buist & Nick Brasch.2015-10-03 11.53.38

Outside where we gathered for lunch we forgot the heat and just allowed ourselves to be swept up in the amazing garden setting. Honestly, I felt like I was in an Agatha Christie novel! The old English cottage garden, the sweeping trees that shaded us, the bees buzzing lazily, the jugs of lemon infused chilled water, the easy chairs and…

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Writing in 2015 (So far)

It's been a year of writing lots of stuff so far. This year seems to have been my year of having too many ideas - although I'm yet to be convinced that having too many ideas is actually a problem if you're a writer. Earlier this year, Frontier Resistance (Book 2 in the Frontier Series) … Continue reading Writing in 2015 (So far)

Hypocrisy Apparently Rules

I'm sitting here in my chair, after just reading a news article entitled Tony Abbott says Australia will accept more Syria refugees but within current intake... The news this week has been full of images and stories about the enormous humanitarian crisis involving refugees fleeing violence in the Middle East - primarily Syria. The stories … Continue reading Hypocrisy Apparently Rules

Hugo Awards Fallout

I've been watching the Hugo Awards Twitter Feed with avid interest today. In a previous post I wrote about my frustration with some of the nominated stories, and of course there's the massive controversy over slate voting. Twitter has been going off today (it's today in Australia, just to clarify things) with #HugoAwards trending vigorously. There … Continue reading Hugo Awards Fallout