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My Favourite Book Scene

Written works – much like movies – are made up of scenes. Some are short, some are long, but it requires all of these scenes put together as a whole to make a full coherent story, and a story that works. In that regard, it is often hard for people to pinpoint a certain scene as […]

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5 Favourite Movie Adaptations of Books / Stories

In general, in my opinion, books are better than movies. There are numerous reasons for this, but the main one is that what I see in my mind’s eye is generally better than what I am presented with on the screen. I guess that the vision of the film-maker is what we’re given, and that […]

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Oh, Editor, my Editor

I’ve recently been through an editing process with a new editor who I haven’t worked with before. Through a series of e-mail ‘conversations’ and communications, we turned my story into something that actually deserves to be in the anthology she is putting together. So let’s look at how we get to the point of actually […]

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Review: Six of the Best

This is going to sound terrible. If you read this, it seems like everything I read is wonderful or I only know how to write sycophantic reviews. Well, that’s not the case… Honestly. You see, I had the displeasure some years ago of attending a local wrestling ‘super-show’ and I wrote how bad it was […]

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Novel #32

Yep, another novel… But, before then, let’s update the rejections! Spandex Dreams was rejected because (and I quote) “we feel it would be too difficulty and would ruin the integrity of the story to eliminate the Australianisms throughout.” And Voyage Home was short-listed but failed to make the final 5 in a YA novel competition. Rejection Total: […]

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When the book…

Recently the amount of angst over the ending of the latest series of Game of Thrones has had the Internet in an uproar. The sheer number of people crying over [SPOILER ALERT!] all the deaths at the Red Wedding tells me one thing – the way people enjoy the media nowadays is the complete reversal […]

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RIP James Herbert

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21870413 James Herbert, long-time horror writer, has passed away, aged 69. For those who don’t read horror, his name is probably not one that springs immediately to mind. He certainly has not achieved the level of celebrity of Stephen King or Clive Barker, or considered a classic author like HP Lovecraft or Bram Stoker. But […]

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Book Review – ‘How Not To Write A Novel’

How Not To Write A Novel by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark (2008) is that rarity among writing books – a “how to” ( or in this case, how not to) that is genuinely entertaining, genuinely informative, and just plain genuine. I found the book in one of those odd ways that seems to only happen […]

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Quick Interview

As part of the work writers do that’s not actually putting stories down, I’ve actually discovered I don’t mind being interviewed by people about books I’m appearing in. Most of the interviewers (especially online bloggers) have as much fun with it as we, the subjects, do, and so can come up with some interesting stuff.  Anyway, […]

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’10 Aussie Books To Read Before You Die’

Recently ABC-TV here in Australia had the 2012 finale of First Tuesday Book Club – a monthly look at books and writing hosted by Jennifer Byrne – doing their year-end special. This year it was ’10 Aussie Books To Read Before You Die’. The way it worked was that the producers of the show put up […]

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