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7 Misconceptions About Writers

In my current working incarnation as a writer, I have come across a number of strange attitudes towards people who classify themselves as “writers”. There seem to be 7 things people assume of you if you claim to be a writer, particularly a writer of fiction: (1) All you do is write, and so you […]

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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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Bits And Pieces

Lots to catch up on! First – a new book is available! Woo-hoo! Song Stories: Volume 1 by Wakefield Mahon is a series of short stories in all the spec fic genres, all of them based on various songs. My story – ‘Sugar Shack’ – is apparently the last one in the book, which is something of a […]

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Happy 2013

It’s been a while.   Summer here in Australia with Christmas thrown in with two small children, a serious leg infection that left me very ill, and then a holiday to visit relatives in another state.   Also, I suffered from a bout of writer’s block that was as unpleasant as it was depressing.   […]

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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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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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Quick Look At Small Press Publications

 [This was originally written for the SAWC magazine, was accepted, and then… nothing. But I think this should be out there, so here ’tis for everyone…] I first joined the SA Writers’ Centre in 1988 as a teenager, not long after having my first short story published in a national magazine. And then came a […]

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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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New Anthology

Rainstorm Press has released a new anthology – The Undead That Saved Christmas Vol 3: Monster Bash. It’s a charity anthology, so buying it will help some disadvantaged children through the Hugs Foster Family Agency. I have 2 pieces in it – a poem and a short story. I’m proud to have been able to […]

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