• About Me,  Writing

    How catching a mouse taught me a lesson about writing

    My wife yelled out “Got’im!” in the middle of the night a few days ago. No, she wasn’t dreaming. I was though, until that moment. She’d been listening to a mouse run around our bedroom until finally, it found the food we’d left for it in the trap she’d set. She’d heard it go off while I was apparently blissfully unaware until her shouting in her moment of triumph woke me up. Before I go any further, I should explain we purchased a trap that wouldn’t harm the mouse, so we could release it later, which we did, and that trap forms part of the story below. I just wanted…

  • About Me,  LGBT+ YA,  News

    Sunshine Coast Pride Festival Wrap-up

      Sunshine Coast Pride Festival was a blast!  I just had to get that out of the way first up because it was an amazing day and I am SO exhausted because of it. In a good way, of course! It was my first time out and about in public meeting people and talking about my writing, so it was hard to know what to expect. It was also the first time the Festival had gone out on its own away from an established market day so it was a big unknown as to how that would translate into crowd numbers. There was no need to worry though because people poured…

  • About Me,  Writing

    Sunny days are made for beach driving

    The great thing about living where I do is that it’s got some beautiful places to visit. And since those places are prone to the elements, (changing tides, storm surges, erosion etc), the landscape is constantly changing. Take the coloured sands, for example. Erosion along the western side of the beach causes the cliff faces to drop away, sometimes in quite dramatic fashion, making the colours of the sands exposed change. Sometimes the colours will be lighter, as you can see in my photo taken on the weekend, but sometimes that sand is a deep orange, almost red. On the eastern side of the beach, king tides and storm surges…

  • About Me,  Gay Stuff

    Some thoughts on Orlando

    I have struggled with life today. I wasn’t going to write anything about the tragedy in Orlando. I didn’t feel I had anything to add to the many thousands of voices already speaking out. I still don’t think I do. What I do have though, is an honesty I have discovered about myself, awakened due to those terrible events that occurred on the other side of the world. Something I wanted to share with those who may be feeling the same. As humans, not necessarily a part of the LGBTQ community, you know in your heart how terrible the events in Orlando are. As a member of the LGBTQ community,…

  • About Me,  News

    The year that’s been and the year ahead

    (The requisite end of year post). I meant to post this yesterday (31st December 2015) but there was cricket on the telly and then we caught up with a friend for lunch and then we had to prepare for New Year’s celebrations, and so I’m doing it now, on the 1st of January 2016. I don’t do resolutions, so this is meant to be a quick look back at 2015 and a look ahead to what I want to achieve in 2016. In general, 2015 was the kind of year that cemented in my mind why I want to write and what I want to focus on. There was a LOT…