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For six months, Christchurch had been inflicted with quake after quake, starting with the 7.1-magnitude quake that woke residents of Canterbury from their slumber on September 11, 2010. The aftershocks were down to magnitudes of 4 and 3, and we could finally start to sleep again. They told us that the worst  was over. They were […]

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When does school start again?

The real torture for a parent starts long before school lets out for the holidays. The anticipation of that long awaited break is almost too much to bear for the child. But a long break from school, like the summer break… Please! Save me now!

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Fighting Spirit

Yet another fine piece of work by Andrei Kope. The more I see of his talents, the more I get excited about the work that I might get him to do for me. This piece, Fighting Spirit, is just stunning. Read More→

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Wanderer (Artist: Andrei Kope)

Wanderer – Artwork by Andrei Kope

It is always a good feeling to see a character from a story in visual art, and the latest piece by Andrei Kope provides me with another of my animal characters. However, unlike Melissa the Wolf, who is a shape-shifter, or Shadow Eagle, who is a human trained as an assassin, this character is purely animal. Meet […]

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Looking Back at 2015…

So many things have changed in my life over the last year in terms of my writing and editing that sometimes I feel I’m in a whirlpool and just along for the ride. But it’s a ride that I don’t want to get off. In October of 2013, I made the inevitable decision to walk […]

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Candle

The lights go out, but it’s still the season of cheer…

Winter was upon them and the chill leaked through the walls and windows. The young girl shivered, wrapping herself in the blankets that her mother had laid across her shoulders. The candlelight flickered across the table. She picked up the paintbrush, yellow on its tip. As carefully as she could, she painted the stuffed solider […]

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Shadow Eagle

Shadow Eagle

So many writers enjoying seeing their work turned into artwork. For me, it fuels me with inspiration to keep going. Recently, I commissioned another piece of art by Andrei Kope, an image from one of my works-in-progress that will likely take me many years to finish. For those who have read through my earlier blog […]

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My first NaNoWriMo as ML… I can breathe now…

NaNoWriMo is nearing an end, and so too is my first year as a Municipal Leader (ML). Finally, I can get the change to sit back and breathe, or perhaps collapse might be a better description. So many active WriMos within the Christchurch region and it was fantastic to interact with you all. The one […]

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