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Preparation, preparation, all is preparation

November 2, 2012


While working on my current novel-in-progress, I found myself struggling with a scene that I had thought I had in control. The words dried up. This was frustrating but in working on the problem, I had an important realisation. Some time back, I read Write Away by Elizabeth George. This sets out her approach to […]

It’s all in the wording…

July 9, 2012


To my considerable delight, not long ago I received word that a horror novella of mine had won a competition run by a publisher in the UK with the prize being publication as a standalone book. The competition was for unpublished authors (prior publication in anthologies did not disqualify from being considered ‘unpublished’). The proof […]

Oh Mr Bunny, how I have changed

May 11, 2012


Not another review or my usual blather, not even a rant. This time I simply have a small reflection on how we change, or at least how I have changed. I’m originally a country boy. Not growing up on the farm as such but by my teens I knew how to shoot and as I […]

Weekly Inspirations – Week 1

May 7, 2012


 Jessica Kristie, , is an author and poet in the US. Jess recently released a new book, Weekly Inspirations for Writers Creators. Having purchased this e-book and had a flick through the collection of 52 sets of thoughts on inspiration and motivation, I decided to work through them as best I can, sharing my […]

One reason why research can be distressing

April 15, 2012


I am one of those people who find research for their work, a fascinating exercise. In fact too much so as the research can be incredibly fascinating, leading me down all sorts of interesting diversions that keep me from getting back to what I am supposed to be doing. It is a thing of excitement, […]

Queensland – beautiful one day, hell for writers the next

April 3, 2012


I normally reserve ranting for Ross’s Rant, but as this is a literary issue and I normally use this blog for literary-related matters, the rant is landing right here. First up, let me make a couple of things very clear from the outset. No, I do not live in Queensland. No, I have not won […]

BOOK REVIEW: Know No Fear by Dan Abnett

March 6, 2012


review first published at awritergoesonajourney The BlurbUnaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster’s increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Veridian system. Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth, scattering the […]

Real life is better than fiction

February 10, 2012


There is an old adage that a painter cannot actually paint what a brilliant sunset really looks like because the glorious colours look just too brilliant that they would be accused of hamming it up. Similarly the ‘real life’ depictions of people can only go so far in creating farcical situations before being accused of just […]

Little things becoming special

January 12, 2012


I use this blog to usually blog about more serious things. But sometimes you just have one of those days you just want to share. I arrived back home yesterday and the plane was some 15 minutes early due to the howling tail wind. That was nice. Today I received an unexpected and quite nice […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Spider Goddess by Tara Moss

December 28, 2011


First posted at awritergoesonajourney and  Boomerang Books. The Spider Goddess by Tara Mossa Pandora English novelPan MacmillanISBN:978-1-7426-1003-0 There’s a new designer in town- and she has Pandora in her sights. Who knew the fashion industry could be so venomous. It’s now been two months since Pandora first moved to the mysterious Spektor to live with […]