Away with the birds

It’s my first post in what feels like ‘forever’. I was very close to packing it all in (by all I mean anything to do with creative writing, blogging, other website stuff and social media). I’m going to persist for a little while simply because it’s one of the few things in my life that…

Better In My Head

I was at work the other day and two things came up in conversation that gave me pause. The first was a discussion about not finishing ‘things’. The main laugh was that when you have a great imagination you finish your new hobby in your head. For example, I wanted to learn to play the…

Alien Crucible Timeline

I’m currently working on my Alien Crucible Timeline website as well as polishing off the first set of Atomic Scifi stories that come with it. I’d always wanted to have the website match the series but couldn’t quite make it happen. It’s gradually happening. My dream was to have an interactive site but I’ve settled…

Anzac Day – I remember you

I was on my balcony at 6am this morning, sharing the time, if not the space, with others who chose to remember those who fought and gave up their lives. I have no doubt that many, if unable to physically make it out to their driveways or balconies, did so in their minds and hearts….

Easter Monkey + Free Books

What does the Easter Monkey and free books have in common? Nothing. I think now is a good time to offer my old books for free. At the moment they are in epub version but I will expand to include other formats. So why free? I want to give people a story that’s light, silly,…

“Panic Blogging?” said one hand to the other hand.

Writer’s smorgasbord or writer’s scruples? As you may have guessed there’s a lot of panic ‘choose your own word here’ sweeping the world. I want to say I understand why that’s occurring and at a skin-deep level – I do get it. My own fears aren’t the virus they are will I be able to…

Biographies. Could of, would of, should of

Or is it could have, would have, should have? I thought I’d write about biographies because for an independent author they are possibly more mystifying than for a traditionally published author. (I lie, it was a work colleague who made me think about this topic.) By mystifying I mean I want to connect to my…

Planning

I think we all know that “Successful writing requires good planning” and not mindlessness. It’s a simple formula with common hurdles, pitfalls and plain old mistakes. The Hurdles These may include time, motivation, money, confidence, knowledge and skill levels and people pressures. And, discipline (lack of). The Pitfalls So many to choose from but may…

Meh to eh

This was my long weekend:- Withdraw all my books from Smashwords, Amazon etc. Change name to my real name on each cover and while I was there change the entire cover Update the front and back matter and may as well do some other tweaking Import each document into Vellum and format (so much easier…

It’s Australia Day

It means many things to many people and to me it’s simply the place I was born, the environment I was raised in and the people, culture and values I’ve come to know. The lens I view through is ‘Australian’ and it is also realistic and so I’ve accepted the warts along with the beauty…

DUMB Goals for Twitter 2020

DUMB Goal for 2020 Twitter – monthly DUMB Goals Guess the genre Say My Name – this will be an author, songwriter … maybe, or a poet What Am I? – guess the narrative container It’s Personal – something uninteresting about me Protag or Antag? – you work it out How’s it stacking up against…