For a writer, the answer is simple. Quite a lot. A name means so much more than a label to indicate who's talking. The name part of the writing process takes me longer than the pre-planning. Okay, a bit misleading. I write a few beat sheets that may or may not have characters with names … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
A short story, under 500 words, fiction with a different perspective. From the deepest bowels of the well within the basement, Illustro strove upward. His six legs worked mud and wood fibre into a tunnel to lead him from the darkness of below to the lights from above. More than anything, Illustro wanted to see … Continue reading Dreams of Light
A 500-word (ish) short contemporary fiction. Colour king-hit the wall. Blue. Not a soft blue, not eggshell blue, not sky blue. This was a black-hearted pirate blue, deep oceans, hidden secrets blue. “I didn’t want blue.” Dani stared at the scar it created against the undercoat grey. “It’s too dark. We don’t want dark.” Not … Continue reading A Wall is not a Heart
Australian neo noir crime novel with speculative elements and set in Melbourne.
The original posts are still in place, but I'm replacing the full output here (sans the final try at a first scene). This new version is slightly better laid out, in my view, but if you'd like to see it done another way, let me know. Cheers. First, an intro: This is what I do … Continue reading The Story Process Posts – Again
Do you read noir? How about Contemporary Australian neo noir? Well, here it is. A bit earlier than planned, but there's this thing, StorytellerUK2021, and I was talked into publishing the story for that. It means it's only available on Amazon for the duration of the competition. Update: Free on Amazon Sept 3-5! Would you … Continue reading Melbourne Noir Novel: Blackened Rose
The charity anthology to honour the late Aiki Flintheart donates all proceeds to the Melanoma Foundation.
Pleased to announce that Stories of Survival published by Deadset Press was released on 21 August, 2021. This speculative fiction charity anthology is in honour of Australian speculative fiction writer and mentor to many, the late Aiki Flinthart, with all proceeds going to the Melanoma Foundation to help with the fight against cancer.
This anthology includes many wonderful stories from Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction authors. Featuring my own Fae-inspired short story “Three Tasks for the Sidhe”, you can read more about the research behind the story here.
More details on how to purchase ebook or paperback copies of Stories of Survival can be found here.
The Seasons Turn Which means another round of spring-cleaning! Oh, what joy, what pleasure, what horrors await. Joy, that the place gets a good cleanout. Out go the spider webs that took over the ceilings, hid along the edges of everything hung on the wall, drifted down from the light fittings like old man moss. … Continue reading A Few Days Until Spring Hits
Some people turn over a new leaf, some turn over a full page, but I'm going to add a page! At least to this site. It's not up yet, still in the design phase, but before long there will be --- drumroll, please --- a Copywriter Page Yes, I know. Sounds like a lot of … Continue reading A New Page!