reviews · 16. February 2021
Best Books of 2021 - January
Now that I've started keeping track of what I'm reading each month, I'm surprised how quickly I forget books. Here's the best of my reading pile in January: The Secret Life of Mister Roos by Håkan Nesser Valdemar Roos wins a lottery, and this jolts him out of his quiet boring life. He buys a cottage in the woods and quits his job without telling his wife and daughters, and spends his days walking in the forest or napping in the sunshine. Until a girl on the run shows up, and his life becomes...
writing · 15. February 2021
According to surveys, the New Zealand accent is considered one of the sexiest in the world. Listening to recordings of myself, I find that hard to believe. Anyway, the talented Todd Sullivan has been interviewing short story writers about their writing process. You can listen to his interview with me about the writing of my story Night Fishing on Youtube.
writing · 14. February 2021
Mirror, Mirror
I had a clean out of some of my oldest writing files at Christmas and found lots of snippets and writing exercises that I'd forgotten about. I turned one of those snippets into a drabble (100 word story) and it's up at The Drabble today.
publishing · 08. January 2021
How To Get Your Short Story Published
Nothing has motivated me to write more than getting that first acceptance email. I’ve been writing and submitting short stories for three years now, and I thought I’d share a few of the things that I’ve learned so far.
books · 05. January 2021
So one of my New Year's resolutions was to review the best books I read last year. Here they are: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Killing Vampires – Grady Hendrix My book club chose this as our horror pick for 2020 and it did not disappoint. Vampires have gotten a little too sweet and approachable of late. Hendrix puts the vampire firmly back in the horror category as the sweet-talking stranger who preys on the children of a town while the menfolk welcome him, oblivious to the danger....
writing · 02. January 2021
Virtual Book Tour & Giveaways
The Fall into Fantasy anthologies from Cloaked Press, who have published a couple of my stories are off on a virtual tour around the book blogs. Check them out for giveaways!
writing · 30. December 2020
In this part of the world we only have ten more hours of this year from hell, so I've been totalling up my short story stats for the year. In 2020 I submitted stories to magazines and anthologies 41 times. The results were: 6 acceptances 27 rejections 4 submissions still outstanding, and 4 more where I never got a response. Not a bad year as far as short story writing goes. The only problem is I've nearly run out of new stories, so I better get to work and write some new ones. Happy New Year,...
weird stuff · 16. December 2020
Apparently the French government is hiring science fiction writers to help them visualise future scenarios. The "Red Team" of writers will be part of the Defence Innovation Hub. Hopefully this doesn't mean all the best science fiction writing is going to wind up with a big classified stamp on it.
writing · 19. October 2020
With the publication of my short story Night Fishing today that makes three stories published this month!
writing · 11. October 2020
A new publication for NZ science fiction writers The Cosmic Gossip has launched, and I'm pleased to announce my short story Cat Videos is part of their first issue.

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