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
The world can be a complicated place. Now in my fifties, I often think this. I suppose we all do to some extent. It's not thinking about 'the good old days' as such, but contemplating just how much our world has changed since I was born. Quite a few things have happened when I think … Continue reading Interconnectedness
And here I am back after yet another blog hiatus! There are some good reasons - being flat out editing Frontier Defiant (Book 3 in the Frontier Trilogy) is one, and polishing up another novel, tentatively called Amethyst Pledge, is another. Add to that, being part of the cast and crew of our local Sound … Continue reading What is Female Empowerment?
I haven't updated this blog for a while, mainly due to the fact that we're travelling, but courtesy of a slight knee tweak skiing yesterday, I'm having a rest day so that I can ski my socks off on our last day, tomorrow. It snowed last night, and I'm sitting in the lobby of the … Continue reading The Art of Onsen
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
Recently I saw a post on Facebook that said "When cancer takes a life we blame cancer. Depression is a disease. Don't blame the victim for losing the fight." I've been thinking about it quite a bit. Partly because mental illness has touched our family, and partly because I've just submitted a story to the … Continue reading The Stigma of Mental Health Issues
I've been a bit slack with this blog recently - mainly a matter of life getting in the way of everything else, but I've been thinking quite a bit, which is what I do. There's a lot going on in the world. We've had floods here in Australia, and there's been the devastation of the … Continue reading Choices
As I sit here, buried under the cat (The cat MUST sit on me every time I write, and because it's hot he's extra cuddly) typing away, I'm pondering the past year. I'm sure nearly every blogger in the world will write a retrospective post, and to a certain extent, so am I this year. … Continue reading The End of 2014 and the Writing Year Ahead
Well, Frontier Resistance is now officially launched. Friday night, at the opening function of the Scone Literary Long Weekend, I had the lovely opportunity to speak in front of nearly 100 people about eBooks, and how a brand new eBook is published, and then read from the first chapter of Resistance to officially launch the … Continue reading What a Weekend! (And it’s still not quite over…)
I've been watching a few Goodreads threads this week, and also a few threads on Facebook in a couple of group I participate in. They've been about a variety of things, but mostly about sexism and exploitation.I was struck by the variety of reasoning used by the various posters.There were discussions about historical accuracy in … Continue reading Pondering Ethics In The Real World, And The Worlds Of Our Imaginations.