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…
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!
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!
The 17th of April now is only about six weeks away. That's when Amethyst Pledge will be officially launched. It's been up for a few weeks on Netgalley as an ARC with some pleasing reviews. The launch will be held at one of our local cafes, Double Picc, where part of the story was written, … Continue reading Countdown to New Book, and the Great Toilet Paper Crisis
Over the last few weeks I've watched a number of movies and series. They include Jessica Jones (Netflix), Annihilation (Netflix), Red Sparrow (at the cinema), and Black Panther (at the cinema) I've been struck by the differences and similarities between them, and the way women are represented in each of them. The character of Jessica … Continue reading Comparisons
I was at the movies a couple of days ago, and the new Transformer's trailer popped up. Now, I'm not really a Transformers fan - they were tolerable at one point, but I stopped watching after seeing whichever one it was that had a gratuitous up the skirt shot at the beginning, and no real … Continue reading Fight Like a Girl
I went and saw Rogue One last night with my husband. It's always a bit interesting when you go and see a new Star Wars movie. I was 11 when I saw A New Hope. I can still remember sitting astounded as the Imperial Star Destroyer seemed to fly directly over my head. It was … Continue reading Rogue One
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
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