Posts Tagged Australia

5 Underrated or Overlooked Novels

When people talk about the “best” books, or their favourites, often they are guided by peer pressure or by what they think should be the best books. Or if an author is the topic of discussion, the same old books are trotted out as supreme examples.  This means that a lot of books are overlooked […]

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Christmas Greetings!

Brief greetings from the land of dangerous animals, dangerous weather and even more dangerous politicians.   Well, down here in Australia, another Christmas is almost over. As usual, I ate too much and did too little. Family time.   As some of you are aware, December 25 is also my birthday and I now move […]

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Hey, look! More links!

A bunch more links to various things, and some comments thereon. Let’s start with the editor of two (count ’em, 2!) anthologies I appear in, and a third coming out some time this year. Kevin G. Bufton has been doing a blog tour to promote his new book Cake (which I will buy when i have some […]

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Odds & Ends (again)

Quick catch up on some things writerly. Angelic Knight Press have accepted my story ‘Continuation Of The Status Quo’ for their upcoming anthology No Place Like Home: Tales From a Fractured Future.  Wicked East Press have accepted ‘Office Education’ for their upcoming anthology Down The Rabbit Hole. Meanwhile, 3 other stories have not found homes at […]

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Australian Publishers… sigh!

My wife and I are both avid readers. We are also proud Australians. We try to read books by Australian authors. And there have been some fine books published. Anthologies by new authors, self-published books, POD books, classic Australian books – there are some truly strong Australian books.  However, the main publishing houses in this […]

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So… Where Do The Ideas Come From?

I’ve started hanging out with a few writers. Some are well-established, some should be well-established (because their work is really that good), some write a lot but little comes of it, while many are relatively new to this whole writing thing. And, being writers, we talk about writing and stories. I have also in the […]

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RIP Max Fatchen

If you were a kid in South Australia in the 1980s, then the name Max Fatchen will mean something to you. Much like Colin Thiele, he wrote stories set in and around South Australia. His prose was easy to read and his characters were ones we could identify with. And, more importantly, he didn’t treat his […]

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Novel #27

After Cult Of The Snake, I stayed with the young adult theme and wrote a 33000 word novella called Underground (It Started With A Kiss). Designed specifically for the YA market, it has been rejected twice so far (I could call this a ‘novel’, because YA novels tend to start at 30000 words, and I […]

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Novel #25

Almost there! After Year Of Change, it felt like I had a bit of a lull. But I had to write a novel for my TAFE course, so I went back to a story I had started a few years before (having written maybe a page and a half), and thus was born Bunyip. A […]

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Novel #20

Beneath The Desert Sands, clocking in at 41,000 words, was one of three long works I wrote or finished in 2009. It has never been submitted anywhere for publication, but I still like the work. This was written as a sort of homage to H.Rider Haggard’s She, one of my favourite books of all time. […]

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