This is a phrase commonly heard in our house. In fact, I thought it just now. I'm sure it's not commonly heard in most houses, because generally, socks don't make much noise. I suppose you could say that some socks make noises - if they're being worn inside you might possibly hear sliding type noises … Continue reading I Hear a Sock
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
I received an email this week from Ezvid Wiki, and discovered that my Frontier series has been 'wiki-ed' on their site under '10 Australian Authors Who Write Amazing Science Fiction.' 😊😊😊 You can find the entry here.
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
I think that recently, nearly all of my widely scattered blog posts have been about being busy, and as I sit here, cat parked upon me, I'm contemplating just how many evenings I'll have at home this week. That would be...one... And of course I have a new book coming out this year. That does … Continue reading New Book Coming This Year! And Other Stuff.
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
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
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
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
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.