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  I’m having a rant. Want to know why? Because people are being bullied. Being threatened. Being made to feel unwelcome and unwanted in the #WritingCommunity.   I wish this wasn’t the first time I’ve spoken about how I’ve seen or been guilted in the #WritingCommunity about what I do with my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, but I’d be a damn liar.   Anyone who’s followed me would know I have… Read More

        We talk a lot about writers block and what to do about it. All the different tips and tricks, and outright clownish tom-foolery in order to just sit down and shuffle twenty six letters until we can finally finish the fugly dumpster fire we somehow have to convince people to love as much as we do.   Anyone who’s written more than a few pieces, or those *naughty*… Read More

Rather than respond directly to a series of tweets that were recently hurled at me about why I would need editors, critique partners or beta readers before selling my novel to unassuming readers, I’m going to explain why I do in great detail.   And to do this I have gotten up at 5am to trawl through notes made to me about my work over years of novels to show you all… Read More

  My mother kills fairy tales. She read us Lord of the Rings twice. The Nargun under the Stars, though it gave us nightmares. She dredged up British classic and found swamp ridden Australian delights to amaze and frighten us. Day of the Triffords, Watership Down, The Dark is Rising, The Hobbit, and forever our minds were fed. And with it all came a grain of salt. We sat watching Victor Victoria…. Read More

This was meant to be a delightful post I wrote several days ago about my accomplishments this year. I’ve not had time to go over it, given the NSW fire issues but wanted to post it anyway because despite everything it doesn’t take away my accomplishments of this year. I wrote a story in this blogpost to help relay what its been like. You have to find ways to remember all you’ve… Read More

  There has been a lot of talk lately about the #darkgate incident closely resembling #cockygate and some of you are already looking at me thinking… what? Okay rehash in a few simple lines for a subject that is anything but; Feleena Hopkins, tried to trademark the word “Cocky” in the US for her cowboy themed books. Subsequently she threatened and scared many authors into yanking titles offline, but the backlash against… Read More

Welcome one and all to my blog!   For All Hallows Eve (look, if you haven’t figured out I’m Australian by now here is you’re cue), I wish to present to those on the cusp and preparing for the dreaded thirty days of mayhem, trauma, and soul crushing despair, faced during the course of Nanowrimo, the kind of foe which every writer has come to know…   WRITERS BLOCK!   Scary, yeah?… Read More

I want to talk about the elephant in the room. The green one. The one that sits behind the screen and judges. Both their own self worth and what they have accomplished. A few months back someone sent me a screen shot a tweet that criticized authors for talking about writing many words in short periods of time and that the writing is probably trash. As a prolific sprinter, and knowing that… Read More

Writing for You   I’ve been bummed lately. I’m not even gonna lie about about it.   “Don’t post about negativity.”   Blogging 101 – and today… I don’t care.   I’ve been stuck in a little bit of a rut and what I want you to know is how to conquer that because right now I feel like the world is at my feet rather than hanging over my head. I’ve… Read More

I’ve been doing a lot of beta reading lately, and thought I’d do a quick five minute post on some easy solutions for frequent problems I’ve been running into in my reading;   Repetition Tell not show Character reactions Action sequences   Of all the things I pull people up on these are the ones that I come across the most and today I wanted to give you the tools to help… Read More