It's October, and we're now in the second month of spring. Days are warmer, and the air is full of the sound and smell of growing things, both flora and fauna. Everything is incredibly green, which is such a marvellous change from last year's dusty dryness. It seems as if everything is celebrating the rain … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung
There's been a lot of stuff going round about 'freedom' on social media. I think we've all seen people dodging police on borders, vowing they won't wear masks, and others protesting against a vaccine that doesn't even exist yet. I've seen social media posts about organisations, religious bodies, and businesses declaring their 'freedom' to do … Continue reading Freedom
It's Sunday night, and I have 'been in' New Zealand most of the past week at ConZealand, this year's WorldCon. By 'being in' New Zealand, I was of course referring to being at the convention 'virtually.' This has been the very first completely online WorldCon, courtesy of COVID-19. As everyone has been fond of saying … Continue reading Well, That Was An Interesting Week…
The COVID situation in Australia has become a bit precarious. Today, Victoria clocked up 459 cases and 10 deaths. NSW managed another 14 cases. From what seems to be a catastrophic failure of hotel quarantine, coupled with a variety of other factors, some places in our country stand at a tipping point. You can follow … Continue reading Responsibilities
This year, I was going to the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, in New Zealand. (ConZealand) At one of the first cons I went to - Continuum in Melbourne - I became a voter in the site selection ballot, and hoped to attend the Con if NZ won. Being an Australian, I knew it would … Continue reading ConZealand is Coming!
This is a phrase commonly heard in our house. In fact, I thought it just now. I'm sure it's not commonly heard in most houses, because generally, socks don't make much noise. I suppose you could say that some socks make noises - if they're being worn inside you might possibly hear sliding type noises … Continue reading I Hear a Sock
I'm currently deep in editing the sequel to Amethyst Pledge. As I've been working my way through the story, I have been struck by how often I need to tighten the dialogue, the sentences and the structure. It's pretty normal stuff for a writer - reading back what you wrote, to discover that some of … Continue reading Writing Moments
This week Frontier Incursion went on sale. And for a brief moment, (well two days, actually). it was a number one bestseller on amazon.com.au and also Kobo. It was a very exciting moment, so I took a screenshot just to make sure I never forget. It's an exciting moment for an author, even if it's … Continue reading What A Week!
A week ago I wrote a post called It's Not About Me. This last week has been momentous - everywhere. While the global pandemic continues, the spotlight this week has been shifted to #BlackLivesMatter. The catalyst has been the death of George Floyd in the US. Here in Australia, we've seen protests as well - … Continue reading It’s About Us
In times like this, when we're experiencing the first global pandemic in living history, the digital world is both a blessing and a curse. I live in NSW, Australia. My aged parents live in Western Australia, as does my sister and her family, our son, our niece, my sister in law, and much more of … Continue reading It’s Not About ‘Me’