Looking Back at 2015…

Relax and have a coffee

Relax and have a coffee

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 away from my career in research and to focus full-time on my writing and writing-related activities. I finished my contract with the MARS Research project, which aims to develop colour-CT scanning technologies, and come Christmas that year, I was happy to sit in front of the computer doing nothing but editing and writing.Read More


Social Media: The Dangers that Writers Never had to Think About Before


Some dangers are so well hidden that they go unnoticed.

In a recent post, I made note of the changes that our world has seen in terms of work philosophies. However, in that post I commented about how social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, has transformed our world into something that no longer resembles the world that I grew up in. Systems such as Skype and Google Hangouts have bridged the gap between continents so that those on opposite sides of the world can do more than just talk to one another over the phone — they can now see each other, have a face-to-face conversation. It was something that was proposed in science fiction, but society as a whole never believed that such a thing could be possible. When I was a child, it wasn’t.Read More


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 doll.Read More

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 posts will have seen previous pieces by Andrei, in particular The Mark of Baeya and Melissa the Wolf. Today, I'd like to introduce you to the latest piece by the Romanian digital artist. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Shadow Eagle.

Shadow Eagle

Shadow Eagle (Artist: Andrei Kope)

When I commissioned this piece, I will admit that I gave him very little guidelines. I told him that I envisioned a flying eagle with its wings spread wide with four black roses in its talons, the roses bordering between bud and full bloom.

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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 thing that I can say about this adventure is that I need to learn to drink coffee or caffeinated drinks, something with more caffeine than chai tea. By time we hit the last week, I was definitely running on empty.Read More