THE RIGHT WORDS IN THE ORDER RIGHTLY

I realise I’ve been quiet for the last little while, but there’s a very good reason for that: I’ve started editing Ghost Tracks.

I don’t really enjoy editing, if I’m honest. I enjoy the creation of a novel, the red-hot rush of words and scenes that are involved in discovering the story for the first time. Because of the way I write, I often discover things only shortly before the characters do, and it’s that thrill, that sense of creating something new, and clever, and surprising, that I live for. Reordering words already written, poring over a story already told, well, that’s just drudgery.

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THREE DEEP BREATHS, STILL ALIVE AND… YAPPING ON A BIT

Yes, I’ve been away from the website for a little while. School holidays, then not-school-holidays, and family stuff, and the whole relief teaching gig, and you know, one day I find ten years have got behind me, no-one told me when to run, I missed the starting I seem to have become distracted……

One thing I have done, is to be interviewed by the talented Karen Lowry. Karen, a super Perth poet, has just finished writing her first novel, and we chat about world building, verisimilitude, writing habits, and just whether a sense of community is all it’s cracked up to be.

You can read the whole thing here.

THUMBNAIL THURSDAY SAYS EAT YOUR MESSIAH

I suppose any large organisation has its own ridiculous traditions and superstitions, but let’s be honest, religion starts with ridiculousness and superstition, and builds from there. Transubstantiation– the idea that the wine and wafer is transformed, purely by belief, into the body and blood of the person they purport to worship– is not openly ludicrous, it’s downright creepy.

Still, nobody ever said lunacy was a bad subject for comedy…… (Also, I have no idea why the priest should be 15 feet tall. Thanks, perspective!)

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“These home brand wafers always taste slightly like Simon-who-was-called-Peter to me.”

THUMBNAIL THURSDAY IS DEATH, DESTROYER OF WORLDS

Aliens are funny. I’ve a whole collection of books devoted solely to science fiction, space, and alien cartoons. The truth that we all avoid, as SF fans, is that the entire genre is, essentially, ludicrous. Sometimes it’s nice to stop being so damned serious about the whole thing, and scribble something silly.

Clearly, I was also very sick of being remotely talented that day……

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“I’m full, but it’s so delicious I just can’t stop picking!”