Dragons and other (un)truths and legends

Fact or fiction. So often it seems that urban myths become widely accepted facts. It’s a growing phenomenon only bolstered by the prolific use and sharing capabilities of the internet. A little faux pas or a ground-breaking celebrity rumour can reach millions of people with one innocent (or not so innocent) click of a button. Whether it is intentional or …

My favourite things to bring me out of the writing doldrums

Staying motivated to write when you are tired, grumpy and exhausted is an ongoing challenge and sometimes downright depressing. Since I write a lot for a living, sometimes it’s hard to put fingers to keyboard with the enthusiasm my fantasy writing deserves. Often I listen to my favourite music to keep me inspired. I have a few different playlists for …

10 awesome words to use in everyday conversation

As a writer I have a natural passion for words. I’ve also claimed, rather cheekily, to be a purveyor of fine words. Maybe a more accurate description is that I’m a word collector. Just like someone who collects stamps or Star Wars figurines, I find extreme pleasure in discovering unusual, underused or just interesting words. I then file that word …

Book mountain – my nemesis and oasis all at once

As a writer it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I‘m also an avid reader. I love, LOVE, L.O.V.E. books. And when I say books, I mean the old fashioned kind. I have nothing against e-books at all and have been known to read a few novels on the Ipad now and again, but it’s not my preference. There is …

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13 tips for writing and editing your first novel

I’ve earned a living as a professional writer for more years than I care to admit. I can pump out 1,000 words on almost any topic and edit them to a professional standard, well before the boss screams down the phone ‘one minute till deadline’. That might sound like a bit of a brag-fest, but it’s not meant to be. …

My Top 10 (Kick-butt) Women of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

In previous blog posts I have mentioned how I often get inspiration from my favourite films and TV shows. Since I focused on my top 10 male stars of fantasy and science-fiction last time, I thought it was only fair that this week I featured ‘kick-butt’ women. So here are my Top 10 women from fantasy and science-fiction. 1. Trinity, …

My Top 10 (Kick-butt) Men of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

When it comes to inspiration for characters in my fiction writing I often look to my favourite films and TV shows. From loveable larrikins to bad-guys-turned-good and comical side-kicks, here are my top 10 male stars of fantasy and science-fiction. Whether they are from the 70s, 80s, 90s or even more recent, these guys kick some serious butt on the …

3…2…1….blast-off – how to market the launch of your new business

When starting a business there are a few basic marketing activities you need to get underway.  Image courtesy of koratmember/freedigitalimages.net Ideally you would have developed a marketing strategy for your ongoing operations, but just as much focus should be given to launching your business. You will only have one ‘grand opening’ for your business, so you should make the most …

Making Merry at the Medieval Festival

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely places. Caboolture is an urban centre, on the outskirts of Brisbane, or the Sunshine Coast (depending on where you come from). A great spot. You’re a hop, skip and a jump away from the city, beach and Bribie Island, but also surrounded by paddocks, rolling hills and mountains in the distance. It’s also …