NOTE: This isn’t about spellchecks or grammar. Those things go under the heading of proofreading. As in, at the end of the editing process. Now, back to the point. What is editing? Editing is a strange beast, much more than it first appears. Why? Because there’s more than one purpose behind the main frame of … Continue reading Self-Editing
Fire, Famine, Pestilence – we need some hope. Read on …
Stories of Hope is anthology of stories from over 70 speculative fiction writers from around Australia. It was created out of the ashes of the Australian bushfires of 2019-2020. These fires decimated our country and left a lot of people without homes… or hope. The Australian Speculative Fiction community rallied together and wrote stories of hope, with a speculatve twist.
My story “The Old Mage” is included in this anthology.
This collection can only be purchased online but is available through Kindle and most other ebook platforms. It is only AUD $4.99 and all proceeds go to bushfire relief charity organisations.
There are so many tasty tit-bits of information out there. They spin the mind in a whirl of curiosity. Some of them send a story idea into the forefront of the mind. Some of my stories come from these moments, some of them come when I'm researching a story that's already underway. Looking for a … Continue reading Springing for an Idea
A thoughtful moment captured … oh, and there’s one every day!
Yesterday was Monday, and normally I would have written my weekly blog post at the cafe next to work in the hour before I start. Obviously, that didn’t happen, on the fifth day of our national lockdown.
But as I pledged to do last week, I’m focusing on the positive. My pandemic poetry, bad as it is, has caught the eye of the neighbours who walk past on their daily outings.
“Mum! There’s another one!” a little girl shouted yesterday.
Mum took it as an opportunity for some homeschooling, having her child sound out the tricky word pandemic.
So the poems are doing exactly what I’d hoped, giving at least a few people something novel and upbeat to discover every day. Easing the strain of our forced solitude, and maybe even eliciting a chuckle now and then.
And when this is over and we can actually go and…
View original post 28 more words
Lots of people working from home, lots of people downloading/streaming music, videos, stuff. All I want to do is write a post, and I've started so many times. So many times. But then, the light flickers, the connection is lost, and it's all gone. Not saved. The lesson for me is to write it before … Continue reading If only