Tuesday, December 03, 2013

December news

Hi there,
my December newsletter is now available. I will send it to you via email if you want - just fill out the contact form. Otherwise view it here.
Next month I will be commenting on THE WALL by Marlen Haushofer.
There is also information about an interesting book called Henri's Cellar by Amelie Rose & a tip for hesitant writers.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Newsletter No: 2 1st November 2013

In my latest newsletter I tell you about my new book Aliens in Godzone and I reveal the name of an author I admire.  Plus, I've added a free writing tip that will help you with your writing. Read it here.

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?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I am a relatively new writer, who (a few years ago) didn't know anything about writing books. My first task was to find out what it meant to write a novel. How long did it need to be, etc. I knew I wanted to write one, but where to start? I did courses and joined a writing group and learnt an awful lot through trial and error and going in short story competitions. I tried to get as much feedback as I could. I valued this as it helped me to see where I was going right and also wrong.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Are You Interested in Reading About Time Travel?

I am interested in exploring the idea of time travel in my fiction writing. In order to find out more about it I am going to read what others have written about it first. So far I have only seen films about time-travel. Perhaps the next step is to go the library page and put time travel in the subject line to see what's out there on this subject.

Have You Ever Travelled in Time?

Time travel is something I have always found to be a fascinating subject. In fact the very idea of time is one that occupies most of our thoughts from the time we wake up until the time we go to sleep at night. Most of us wear watches so that we can keep track of time all day long. Time for breakfast, time to catch the bus etc.

We are in one way or another all ruled by time. But if were ever asked to
go back to say, breakfast time and change what we had at that time, we would most probably laugh and say, "don't be silly, I can't go back in time". But think about this, you can go back there in your mind, can't you? So this is a starting point. We all have the ability to go anywhere in our minds.