Monday, September 30, 2013

Newsletter No:1 October 1st 2013

Hi there, tomorrow, October 1st I will be sending out my first email newsletter. It's one page and is about crime and fantasy writing and authors who fit either/or both genres. Also writing tips. If you'd like to receive my monthly newsletter, please send me your details on the contact form opposite and I will email it to you.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

How To Liven up a Quiet Office

I introduced the following topic: "What do we do if there's an earthquake at work and all our emergency gear's at home?"

Someone said, "It's okay, the firm has a strategy for dealing with it."

I said, "Yes, but we don't know what that strategy is."

Then I looked at the instructions on the office wall. Firstly, stay away from the windows.

But we don't have any windows in our office. So that's good, isn't? There are no windows down here.

To be continued........


Monday, September 16, 2013

The Wall by Marlen Haushofer

I have recently read a book called THE WALL by Marlen Haushofer. (1968) Translated into English from German. Then when I began watching THE DOME recently on TV it reminded me very much of The Wall and what happened in that. The heroine of The Wall is an unnamed, ordinary, middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living person. Accompanied by her dog, she begins the terrifying work of survival, and eventually, self-renewal. If you can get hold of a copy, I recommend it. I bought mine on Trade Me. Happy reading.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

It seems uncanny to think that Voyager is now travelling through space to places never before explored by human kind. And let's face it in how many billion years time will our sun disintegrate causing earth to die. Of course none of us will be here then, unless we come back as something or someone else. But that's a different story. However, consider the possibility that if there are other planets which can sustain some kind of life, they will almost certainly face extinction if their sun dies. What happens then to that race or species of beings? I wondered that too and decided to write about what I thought could happen. At least here in New Zealand where I live. It's an interesting kind of  idea to explore as the scourges of racism and sexism etc. while still existing, have another dimension added. That of specism. What if there is now more than one species vying for a place on planet Earth. And they are not exactly the same as humans. That's when things get interesting. How do Humans cope with this? How do the aliens cope?