Catching Up on Reading and Other Stuff

Now that Frontier Defiant is finally launched and winging its way through the world, I've taken the opportunity to do a little more reading. Often when I'm editing or writing furiously, I read stuff that's familiar - old favourites, like Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey, or Brandon Sanderson. I like a good comfort read, rediscovering old … Continue reading Catching Up on Reading and Other Stuff

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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

Reading Is Like A Smorgasbord

I'm in quite a number of groups on both Facebook and Goodreads. Some are writers groups, others are genre specific. I write speculative fiction, currently science fiction, and I've been pondering the myriad of sub-genres in the world of speculative fiction and the place of YA in current speculative fiction reading and writing. There are … Continue reading Reading Is Like A Smorgasbord

Terry Pratchett

If you've been living under a rock, you might have missed the announcement that one of the world's most loved authors passed away last week. I was never going to do a post like this - probably like many others - but here I am, reflecting on the life and work of Terry Pratchett. I … Continue reading Terry Pratchett

Why It’s A Good Idea To Read Book 1 First

Yesterday our daughter and I were sitting down having coffee with my parents. Dad's always been a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as are both of our kids. It was recently our son's birthday, and since I knew that he didn't have a paperback set of The Hunger Games books, we decided to give … Continue reading Why It’s A Good Idea To Read Book 1 First

Enid Blyton, George, and Feminism

A couple of nights ago, I was pounding the streets for exercise with a friend. We'd been chatting to distract ourselves while we scaled some of the steeper streets, and were discussing the books we loved as children. Our conversation turned to our shared love of Enid Blyton.As we headed towards home, we were discussing … Continue reading Enid Blyton, George, and Feminism

Life and Death and Easter

It's been a weekend of mixed feelings, topping off a couple of weeks of sadness and tiredness. In my non-writing life, I'm a physiotherapist. I spend three days a week working with injured and unwell people. I often work with people in pain, but it's most commonly physical pain. Most of them get better, which … Continue reading Life and Death and Easter