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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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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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Where are the toilets in fiction?

In a recent critique of one of my fictional works, a major plot hole was pointed out to me that involved toileting of all things. You read that right, folks. I had an issue related to the poohs and wees. So here’s the scenario: two warriors are being held prisoner, their hands and feet bound. […]

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A Quake to Change Your World: 5 Years On

The low rumble barely registered in her subconscious. The small shakes of the bed were enough to pull her from her sleep. “Great,” she mumbled. “Gijs is having another asthma attack.” With a sudden jolt, the bed jumped across the floor and banged into the wall. The teddy bears and dolls tumbled through the air.

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All writers have to begin somewhere…

When a writer is asked about how they started writing, the answers are varied. However, if one thinks about it, all writers start their journey at a very young age. In school, we all have those creative writing assignments, even if we dread them. Recently, I was challenged to find a piece of writing from […]

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The Journey Begins…

For the last few days, I have found myself reminiscing over how my journey into writing all began. If I think about it, I have always made up stories. As a child, I would spend hours with a tape recorder making up plays for my Barbies to act out. Yes, I’m really that old. Shame […]

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Sometimes you have to just laugh, or you’ll cry.

There are some mornings that you should just stay in bed. I believe this morning was one of them. This morning, the lovely city of Christchurch woke up to thin layers of ice everywhere. I should probably inform you that my driveway never sees the sun, so every winter, we get ice on the driveway. […]

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