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September 15, 2017

Characters are what make stories. I endeavour to bring character growth of some sort into every story that I write using 3 precepts.

August 15, 2017

Many authors have penned books on the craft of writing. Here are my 3 must-reads for aspiring authors, and the lessons I learned from them.

July 15, 2017

Podcasts, in case you missed it, are the dog's bollocks at the moment. Here are my 3 essential podcasts for any wannabe writer.

June 21, 2017

Last year, I took part in the biennial Australian Speculative Fiction Snapshot, doing my bit to promote the industry and engender community. It resulted in some surprising benefits.

May 25, 2017

I love writing groups (mine is exceptional). They are essential to the success of any newbie writer -- especially one who wants to progress to author. But why?

April 22, 2017

J K Rowling is a master of the art of story-telling. And having read one of her books for the first time, I endeavour to find out why.

March 19, 2017

I hate my writing.​​

Don't get me wrong.

I love the creative process -- discovering new characters, putting them through seven kinds of hell, hauling them back from the brink at the most dramatic moment.

And I'm also hooked on that rush of finally nailing the various stor...

February 27, 2017

As a reader, I love hearing about the inspiration behind stories.

Years ago, while travelling, I picked up Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes, and was enthralled with the appendix, where he detailed his sources of inspiration for each story in the collection.

And...

January 11, 2017

After a long, hard slog, of over three years, I very recently finished a zeroth draft of my novel -- with a work-in-progress title of Through the Dragon's Teeth.

(It is fantasy set on the high seas -- treacherous waters, blockade running, swash-and-buckle.)

And while I r...

December 22, 2016

While scanning my Goodreads libraries, looking for a new read, I found myself reminiscing about some of the books I've particularly enjoyed this past year.

And so, given our proximity to Christmas, I thought I'd share a few stand-outs...

A Plunder of Souls by D. B. Jacks...

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