• Gay Stuff,  LGBT+ YA,  Writing

    The Invisibility Cloak of an LGBTIQ YA Author

    I’m preparing to give my very first author reading in a few weeks, which means I’ve been spitballing ideas on what to talk about that won’t bore the pants off people and maybe, hopefully, even convince them to buy a book or two. After asking for advice from friends, thinking about the books I write, and reading a good friends brand new blog, I settled on my theme for my pre-reading talk. Invisibility. Invisibility is a superpower for those of us who are introverts. It comes in particularly handy for those of us who write in tiny niches, which LGBTIQ YA stories certainly are. On the one hand, we wish…

  • Self-Publishing,  Writing

    Why you should review your writing plans regularly

    Accountants everywhere are celebrating the new tax year, and since I still have accounting in my blood, I used the new year as an excuse to review and revise my business and writing plans. Business plans (and writing plans) should be organic documents. They should change and grow as your business does, so a six-monthly revision is a good way to see how you’re travelling with regards to the business side of things, as well as the writing side. The business part of my plan didn’t need too much tinkering, since the main goal for the next few years is to write as much as I can and publish as…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Book Recommendations

    Introducing… Layce Gardner

    I’m not big on the lesbian romance genre. (I can’t believe I can say that with a straight face, considering I am currently dabbling in that genre, but anyway.) I guess it’s because my early forays into it were a little sub-par. The characters were all a little too beat up, and some of the plot points bordered too far on the unbelievable side of the fence for me. I get it. We’ve all been through our Coming Out period, our Lusting After our Straight Best Friend period and our U-Haul Lesbian period (in Australia we call it the Budget Lesbian period) among others. Most of us want to read…