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

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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

Writing New Things

For some years, I've been writing the Frontier Trilogy. By writing, I mean first, second, third draft, submission, acceptance, editing, editing, editing (I could keep typing that one), and then proofreading it. Now that the series is complete and has been released, it all feels a bit weird. It's not like I haven't been writing … Continue reading Writing New Things

Finally Back and Writing Again

Last weekend marked the end of our local production of The Sound of Music. After six months of hard work, eight shows, and eight standing ovations, we turned the local high school hall back into a hall, and left the mountains of Austria. I spent the months pretending to be Sister Margaretta, while helping teach … Continue reading Finally Back and Writing Again

Being Busy, Yet Again.

As I write, I'm sitting here in my pyjamas, trying not to fall asleep. It's Sunday evening, and I've spent today and yesterday helping to 'bump in' our local production of The Sound of Music. I still have paint under my fingernails, despite the shower, and I'm rather tired. However, I'm home, and some of … Continue reading Being Busy, Yet Again.

The New Star Wars Movie

I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Star Wars Movie. I was twelve when the first Star Wars movie was released. I remember going to the theatre with my brother, who was seven at the time, and being astounded by the special effects, and the sheer hugeness of what I was seeing on the … Continue reading The New Star Wars Movie

Writing in 2015 (So far)

It's been a year of writing lots of stuff so far. This year seems to have been my year of having too many ideas - although I'm yet to be convinced that having too many ideas is actually a problem if you're a writer. Earlier this year, Frontier Resistance (Book 2 in the Frontier Series) … Continue reading Writing in 2015 (So far)

Hugo Awards Fallout

I've been watching the Hugo Awards Twitter Feed with avid interest today. In a previous post I wrote about my frustration with some of the nominated stories, and of course there's the massive controversy over slate voting. Twitter has been going off today (it's today in Australia, just to clarify things) with #HugoAwards trending vigorously. There … Continue reading Hugo Awards Fallout