...In this strange mausoleum of a house, you follow the smells of familiarity.

'Sins of Meals Past'


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.


November 21, 2016

It's all right not to be making money for your writing.

My name is Matthew, and I'm a writer.

And I don't do it for the money.

I am a long-time reader of blogs and listener of podcasts, all by independent authors, pushing the ideal of making a buck from one's writing.

I kn...

October 8, 2016

Conflux 12 took place over the October long weekend of 2016. ​Sean Williams, the conference Master of Ceremonies, introduced the delegates to his new style of Tai Chi, based on positions and movements from well know Science Fiction universes.

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