• Self-Publishing,  Writing

    Don’t be a Pirate’s Wench

    Back when you could tell who the real pirates were by their uniforms I went to Target the other day to buy some new balls for my dogs. As I walked out of the store, a thought occurred to me. I’d just paid five bucks for two small pieces of round rubber that my dogs would more than likely kill by the end of the week. Granted, they did have smiley faces on them, and they were “high bounce” ones, which they love, but still. That same five dollars could have bought me lunch at one of the many fast-food places in the shopping centre. It could have bought me…

  • Sunday Sesh,  Writing

    Sunday Sesh #26 – Blue Sky Pilsner

    And so we come to the very final Sunday Sesh for this summer, brought to you by Blue Sky Pilsner. This is the same little brewery in Cairns that produces of one of my new favourites from this summer, FNQ lager. Blue Sky Pilsner This is a Czec-style pilsner, so it’s a clear, pale-yellow beer with lots of carbonation. It smells sweet and florally out of the bottle, and pours well, with a small head that sticks around as you drink it. This one’s a bit spicy, and leaves your tongue feeling tingly. It’s refreshing and very easy to drink. The sweetness in it reminds me of drinking shandies when I was younger, but it’s got…

  • Self-Publishing,  Writing

    Tricking the Muse

    Up until recently, I’ve really been struggling with my writing. I’ve been concentrating on my “Self-Publish or Die” five-year writing plan and the business side of things, and haven’t been working too hard on the actual writing side. Which is stupid really, since I can’t publish if I don’t write. My brain has been ticking over with plot-based thoughts, doing random character surveys, and working on settings – all in my subconscious mind, yes, and it is technically working. I’m just struggling getting words on the page. Anyway, I hit upon a way to take the plot forward on one of my WIPs the other day, and I now have…