Oops, I did it again…

Once again, February held one of the most magnificent events of the year; the Lifeline Book Fair. Unlike last year, I didn’t go in with specific books in mind or a budget I foolishly thought I could keep to. This time, I went prepared for everything. Armed with my grandma trolley, a drink bottle and…

Top 3 very old books

To finish this series on old books, I have chosen my favourite three books over 50 years old. These are definitely books published before I was born and so I haven’t read many, but there are a few shinning examples of wonderful literature. Top 3 books over 50 years J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a…

Top 3 even older books

Last week, I posted on my favourite books over five years old. But that’s hardly old. Five years ago, an earthquake hit Japan causing a tsunami. Five years ago, Steve Jobs died. Five years ago, we saw the last Harry Potter movie hit the screens. Do we remember all these events? Of course we do,…

Lifeline Book Fair

For readers in the Canberra area, you will be pleased to know that the Lifeline Book Fair is on again! The 12-14th February is a time for books, none of this romantic nonsense relating to Valentine’s Day. For those who don’t live in the area, or who have never been, this is THE book fair….

Writer’s Block

At my work Christmas party last year, a friend asked me how I had gone in NaNoWriMo. I explained that the story was underdeveloped and so I had not been able to advance it as much as possible, and that there were some difficult parts in it (the two main characters were both song writers…

Researching fantasy

I’ve have recently started research for my next manuscript, and it is on a topic which I know very little about. I have checked out books from multiple libraries and have raided the children’s sections, just in case there was something basic that should be general knowledge by my age. And all the while I…

Carnivore Tree

The forest was formed by layers of wet leaves. It started at the top, where they were still attached to the branches, and moved down, the layers gaining more and more moisture as the ground became closer. The ground itself was far beneath out feet, under mud, moss and rotting leaves and bark. Where possible,…

The Beast Inside

The brain is a logical place. It is neatly divided into sections. These include areas dedicated to thoughts, processing sensations of touch, and converting the deepest of desires and fears into visual entertainment each night in the form of dreams, to name just a few. Each section has its in-tray and filing system. The stationery cupboards…

Shadows

The party has already started by the time I arrive. Johnny and Sarah dragged me and I don’t want to be there. They have weird friends. I open a bottle of beer as soon as we step onto the back deck. Man, this will be a long night. There’s a fire in a barrel and…

The Red Canary – Part 2

The journey was arduous, but they found White Thunder. Jack Braisser watched the ship which was perched in the middle of a clearing. He expected movement, signs of life coming from inside. For now, the bird was asleep. ‘Richards, thermal readings. Pattson, perimeter reconnaissance. I want to know if anything is here or likely to…