Guided Journals & other stories

Writing About Life

My Language Nightmare

My Language Nightmare

Meet my… bond mate? shadow daughter? love niece? significant other? clone? daughter’s mother’s daughter? I’ve been thinking about English language kinship terms and their woeful inadequacy when describing contemporary family relationships. Wife, husband, mother,...

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

I’ve been off the blog for far too long (and by the way off the blog isn’t anything like being off the grog) but I’m back on it again because Patrick O’Duffy invited me to contribute to an online writers’ roundabout called the Next Big Thing. Each writer answers ten...

Help! My plot has come unstuck

Help! My plot has come unstuck

 It's 200 years into the future. Fortune SweetSong looks out at this view and...  And I stopped writing because I realised my plot was in trouble. I commenced this writing year really well by starting a new science-fiction novel in Steven Carroll’s master class at...

Creating Worlds – part 2

I’m consumed with thoughts about world-building because I’m preparing for this Sunday’s panel discussion at the Bayside Literary Festival with Alison Goodman, Jesse Blackadder, Narrelle M Harris and Lindy Cameron.I’ve been reflecting on my own writing process in...

Creating Worlds – part 1

I am busy preparing for a panel discussion at the Bayside Literary Festival. This year’s festival is The Art of Words and – being a speculative fiction writer – I’m involved in a panel about speculation and invention:Creating Worlds: Real and imaginedScotland 1561;...

Continuum – Melbourne’s Science Fiction Convention

Continuum – Melbourne’s Science Fiction Convention

I was lucky enough to be able to participate in Continuum 8 – Melbourne’s science fiction convention. I was at Continuum as a panellist, a reader, a fan and a learner. LearningI loved being in the audience for ‘The Crafty Middle Ages’. I got to listen to...