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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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Novel #31

Okay, final one for now. Voyage Home is a young adult fantasy story that clocks in at about 70k words. In it, a young man and his girlfriend are transported to a world created and ruled by a witch. But because the young man has wounded her, her sister now has the opportunity to destroy […]

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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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Links And News

Some news – three more rejections came in the past week. Spandex Dreams, my wrestling novel which I don’t think I’ve discussed here, was rejected by the Canadian publisher who asked for it. I have written to another Canadian publisher about it as well, but they don’t do fiction by non-Canadians, and I am grateful […]

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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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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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On the tools of a writer…

I recently finished reading an anthology that one of my stories appears in. Now, I’m not going to name it here, nor am I going to review it, because (a) I don’t want to embarrass anyone involved in it, and (b) I still think it’s good enough for people to buy, but maybe at a […]

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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 #17

Novel number 17 was a diversion for me. A serious one. But, first, a bunch of novellas were written in the interim. One – Second Home – clocked in at only 16000 words, but this was long enough for a younger reader book, which is good, because it was written with 11-13 year olds in […]

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