5 Revision Vexations and Their Silver Linings

Revising a short story or article can be stressful, while revising your novel can quickly turn into a horror story, complete with acute mental torture, and shrill screams of heartfelt pain. Fortunately, most of the awful vexations you encounter during … Continue reading 5 Revision Vexations and Their Silver Linings

My Secret Nemesis? Underwear Model!

So it was that in fits of boredom many months apart, I played the same love/dating quizzes in a row, certain in the knowledge that I would get the more…normal (shall we say) responses the second time around. Imagine my utter shock when both times (both!) returned the very same answer!
And now you’re wondering what those were and why they are so shocking. Continue reading My Secret Nemesis? Underwear Model!

Let’s Not Do The Time-Warp, yeah?

I know there were two white dogs, one of which kept falling into the pool and then having to be helped out.
I know there was a fun-run and numbed hands from fishing for water and cool-drinks from the ice-tub.
I know there were a few cool days, but mostly relentless heat which must have short-circuited my brain and so led to this deplorable memory loss and/or loss of time… But there are a few clues of what I’ve been up to. And as for December, well, we’ll get to that… Continue reading Let’s Not Do The Time-Warp, yeah?

What’s this story called? And catching up with the Em-dashes

“So spill!” I said as I placed my cup on the low table.

Audrey took me literally as she set her mug down next to mine. “You’re never gonna believe this!” she began, then grabbed my arm for emphasis, or perhaps she was afraid I was going to run off. “Munro’s applied for Treasure Seekers! And Celia’s partnered with him! They were both accepted as a team; can you believe it!”
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Roos and Unalienable Right

With my eyes so opened, it quickly became a case of ‘once seen, cannot be unseen’. Now that they had revealed themselves to me, I started to spot them everywhere, and hear the strangest stories about them too, like the family of kangaroos who’d gotten into a vineyard… Continue reading Roos and Unalienable Right

Readers Speak: Science Fiction and Fantasy

I’m also grateful to have gotten responses from three continents and a variety of age-groups. This small sampling of readers still point to trends I find worrying, underscore where and why I should cringe as a writer/publisher and generally provided me with much illumination as both reader and writer. Continue reading Readers Speak: Science Fiction and Fantasy