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5 Things I Dislike In Writing

Well, here we are, another week, another list. Now, I’ve been pretty positive in my ramblings here up until now. But recently some stuff I’ve come across has made me enter grumpy old man mode, a mode I am all too well-versed in, being grumpy, old and a man. I have been a member of […]

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Rejected Story Ideas

When you claim to be a writer, amongst the many questions you get – normally right after “Do you write all day long?!” – is “Where do you get your ideas from?” I’ve discussed this before, but sometimes a person will then follow this up with, “Do you have any ideas that didn’t work?” Curse […]

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The Physical Act

Something odd’s happened to my writing of late. You see, for the past 20 years (or so… I’m old, numbers now mean less and less to me) I’ve generally written on some sort of electronic typing device. Starting with the good ol’ Commodore 64 in the 1980s, through various incarnations of the Pentium through to […]

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Novel #33

Okay, let’s get the bad stuff over with first: I forgot I even sent Gorgon With the Wind to a publisher who had a call for modern takes on classic stories. But I must have because I received a form rejection for it last week. Rejection Total: 176+1 = 177 Okay, now the next bit, […]

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Laziness

When I started doing this I promised myself I wouldn’t go more than 2 weeks without posting something (barring going on holiday or the like). Well, maybe I was a little hasty in that. I have been very slack as of late as I plough my way through my latest attempt at a novel (now […]

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Death Threats? Seriously?

Wow! I received my second ever death threat! What’s this got to do with writing, you may ask? Well, quite a bit. My first death threat was about something personal and the police being the police in Adelaide came up with this astounding bit of advice: “We can only do something if they actually do […]

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Recognising (personal) stereotypes

 Stereotypes have a long history in arts. Certain characteristics are used to portray certain countries, races, religions or lifestyles. While there may have once been a grain of truth in them – shown by the fact that we actually recognise them for what they represent – they are generally avoided.   Well, I have come […]

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Even More Links

Some more links about writing that I’ve found intriguing! First is from Martin T. Ingham’s Three Cents Worth site. Write What You Like is a great explanation as to why trying to write that next great story that jumps on the same bandwagon as everyone else could be a waste of time. It’s full of […]

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Recharging

I recently got back from a holiday to Kangaroo Island, and I have to say there is nothing like a holiday in a quiet place with fantastic scenery to get the mind back on track for writing. A couple of short stories finished, another started for an anthology, two longer works started. (One of these […]

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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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