Australia Day #changethedate

It's Australia Day. All around the world, Australians are celebrating being Australian. For some, it doesn't get much further than contemplating a barbecue, eating a lamington or two, or maybe having Vegemite on toast for brekkie. For many indigenous Australians, this particular date is problematic. Some other Australians don't get this, however. You see, this … Continue reading Australia Day #changethedate

When You Have to Rearrange Your Story

I've been writing the second part of a fantasy trilogy. None of it's published at this point, but for the last few weeks it's been hard going. Partly because during the whole Christmas and New Year period there's been an awful lot of stuff going on, and partly because although I know exactly where this … Continue reading When You Have to Rearrange Your Story

Granny Undies…

Yesterday, one of the most ridiculous stories I've ever seen was published on the Daily Mail. The title was "Sunrise host Sam Armytage dares to bare with granny panties showing a visible line as she steps out in Sydney... after slamming rumours she's dating Channel Seven colleagues." I'm not going to link to the article … Continue reading Granny Undies…

Who Really Has the Best Steak?

I'm in Townsville. I drove up with our daughter, who is now living here. It took two and a half days to drive from where we live in NSW. I have to say that Townsville is lovely. It is hot, and rather humid, and all the residents are desperate for rain, which reminds me very … Continue reading Who Really Has the Best Steak?

Finding the Time to Write (or how I didn’t manage to do NaNoWriMo this year)

This year has been ridiculous. By ridiculous I mean that it's been so jam packed with stuff that it's almost been overwhelming. Frontier Defiant, Book 3 in my Frontier Trilogy (Hague Publishing) was published on August 26th. That meant that during most of the year prior to that, I was editing, polishing, and proofreading it … Continue reading Finding the Time to Write (or how I didn’t manage to do NaNoWriMo this year)

Elections and Other Stuff

Here in Australia, 2016 saw the longest election campaign in history except for one. In 1954, Robert Menzies had a campaign that lasted ninety four days between calling the election and the actual election. Our elections are governed by some rather complex arrangements, but generally, an election occurs each three to four years into the … Continue reading Elections and Other Stuff