Election Reflection

It's the day after the Federal election, here in Australia, and, like many Australian, I'm sitting here with very mixed feelings. Voting this time around has had me thinking pretty hard. Years ago, I would have voted without too much thought. My political opinions were much less nuanced than they are now and I like … Continue reading Election Reflection

Asking the Big Questions

I'm currently doing a very hefty rewrite of the second book in a series. The first one will come out later this year, and I've seen some absolutely marvellous concept cover art from Jade at Steam Power Studios.  I really can't wait to see the finished thing, but back to what I was wrestling with … Continue reading Asking the Big Questions

Fine Lines, Freedom and Responsibility

I've been attending sessions at the Newcastle Writers Festival all weekend. I purchased tickets to a number of sessions, and had a great time. Garth Nix reaffirmed for me that you don't necessarily have to outline your stories to write a good one. I generally know where I'm starting, know where I'm finishing, and a … Continue reading Fine Lines, Freedom and Responsibility

The Bravery of Ian Thorpe

As I write, I'm watching Ian Thorpe's interview with Michael Parkinson. I've always loved to watch swimming. I swam competitively myself, not at a particularly high level, but high enough to understand what he meant when he talked about 'having a relationship' with the water. Our kids swam, and the swimming is the one bit … Continue reading The Bravery of Ian Thorpe