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

Reading Is Like A Smorgasbord

I'm in quite a number of groups on both Facebook and Goodreads. Some are writers groups, others are genre specific. I write speculative fiction, currently science fiction, and I've been pondering the myriad of sub-genres in the world of speculative fiction and the place of YA in current speculative fiction reading and writing. There are … Continue reading Reading Is Like A Smorgasbord

NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival

I headed off to the NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival yesterday. It was a chilly morning when we left the Upper Hunter at around 5am, but we made good time, and arrived just before the registration time of 9am. It's always a bit of a guessing game travelling to Sydney from here. On a … Continue reading NSW Writers Centre Speculative Fiction Festival

The Stigma of Mental Health Issues

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

Swancon and the #c1blitz!

I've had a flat out week. It's been a real doozy. I went over to Swancon last week, and participated as a panellist and the paperback version of Frontier Resistance was officially released as well, and then this weekend has been the critique and winner reveals of Freshly Squeezed Reads #c1blitz. Swancon was great. I … Continue reading Swancon and the #c1blitz!

Terry Pratchett

If you've been living under a rock, you might have missed the announcement that one of the world's most loved authors passed away last week. I was never going to do a post like this - probably like many others - but here I am, reflecting on the life and work of Terry Pratchett. I … Continue reading Terry Pratchett

Ups and Downs and All Kinds of Stuff

My blog feels a bit neglected at the moment, so my apologies for not updating for a couple of weeks. I usually post every Sunday night. Over the last few weeks our family has been rather busy. We've had the kids go back to Uni, my sister visit from the UK, Dad had an angiogram … Continue reading Ups and Downs and All Kinds of Stuff

Beginnings Are a Delicate Time (Or how to make sure your first chapter doesn’t crash and burn.)

There’s a quote from Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ that seems appropriate right now. “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” If you’ve ever written a novel, you’ll know that the first chapter is something to agonise over - to get right. Some months ago, I wrote a … Continue reading Beginnings Are a Delicate Time (Or how to make sure your first chapter doesn’t crash and burn.)