• About Me

    Get to know you – part 3

    Part three in the getting to know you series. If you missed them, check out part one and part two. 21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Gloriana and Colbie Caillat – get’s me ready for writing YA. 22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Red. It writes faster. 23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Baking – chocolate cake, banana bread, fresh bread, you name it. If it’s sweet and it’s baking in the oven, I like it. 24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My wife. 25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? Beach house. 26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Anything with a…

  • About Me

    Things I Say to my Dogs (That make me sound like I’m parenting children)

    It occurred to me recently that a lot of what I say to my dogs, would be equally at home with parents of children. These are the things that I say to my dogs that I’d probably also say to my kids (if I had some).   “Don’t put that in your mouth.” “You break that, it’s going in the bin.” “Don’t pull on your sister’s ear.” “Don’t chase the cat.” “Your sister’s sleeping – leave her alone.” “If you’re going to fight, do it down stairs.” “Stop chasing lizards.” “Who pooed on the concrete?!” “Don’t play on the verandah – you’ll fall off and hurt yourself.” “Argh! Quiet! Mum’s…

  • News,  Self-Publishing,  Writing

    Stuff I Found Interesting On the Web

    I read a lot. Books, blogs, facebook, news articles, tweets, the backs of toilet cleaner bottles. And I thought, hey, maybe the few people who stop by here occasionally might be interested in what I found interesting around the place. I’ll post this stuff monthly, and sometimes more than that, depending on what floats my boat. It’ll mostly be random stuff, so expect sport, publishing/self-publishing news, blogs I liked, sport, stuff I procrastinated with, sport. JA Konrath Joe Konrath has a lot of publishing greatness on his blog. If you’re a writer, I highly recommend reading it. This post is timely I think, because the publishing industry is going through…

  • About Me

    Get to know you – part 2

    Part 2 in the “Getting to know you” series. Part one can be found here. 11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Only when I think about it, so not usually. My sister used to work in a shoe shop, so I used to always untie the laces before I took off my shoes. After a little over a decade of finally being able to get her voice out of my head (“Untie your laces or you’ll stretch your shoes!”), I can slip off my shoes without feeling guilty. 12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes, except when I’m stressed. And I’m going to to…

  • News,  Self-Publishing,  Writing

    What have I been up to?

    I’m glad you asked. I’ve been busy writing. Actually, I took 3 weeks off in January to holiday in Tasmania. Let me tell you, if you haven’t been down to visit one of our first penal colonies, you must go. Do it now. I’ll wait. Lots of wonderful memories and photos and experiences came from that trip, and it also recharged my creative batteries. As such, my writing has been off the charts, though intermittently, I must admit. So what have I been working on during those short and intermittent bursts of creative activity? Lots of things! All of the things! And this last week I have managed to cut…