On My Bookshelf – June

Even looking at these you can see June was a complete mish-mash of genres. We had cosy crime with Debbie Young and Julie Wassmer, some reading for research with Philip Serrell, myths and legends told by a master storyteller and … Read More

Writer’s Digest – June 30, 2021

As I write this, following a couple of positive cases, we’re in lockdown here in South-East Queensland. Sydney is a few days into a two-week lockdown and both Western Australia and the Northern Territory are also locked down. This pandemic … Read More

Writer’s Digest – June 9, 2021

So, I’ve been to the dentist this morning for a check-up and clean. No biggie, I hear you say, except that it’s been years (and by years, I mean years) and I’m terrified of dentists. It’s not a recent fear like … Read More

On My Bookshelf – May

April’s reading might have been disappointing, but my reading mojo was well and truly found in May. There’s a lot to be telling you about, so let’s go… The Codebreakers, by Alli Sinclair There’s a lot of noise about this … Read More

Writer’s Digest – Wednesday 12 May 2021

Confession time. I’m still a couple of thousand words away from finishing the rewrite to The Cafe On Beach Road. I’d aimed to complete it over the weekend just gone but, well, there was this day drinking thing I did … Read More

On My Bookshelf – April

Okay, I’m going to just say it: April was a disappointing month from a reading viewpoint, yet it began and ended on highpoints. In the middle was my first DNF (Did Not Finish) in I can’t remember how long. I … Read More

Writer’s Digest – April 28, 2021

I’m up in Hervey Bay this week staying with my daughter who moved up here earlier this year. It’s not a holiday – I’m still day-jobbing – but in many ways, the change of environment helps it feel as though … Read More

Writer’s Digest – April 21, 2021

I’m currently watching the latest series of Unforgotton on Foxtel (as an aside, if you haven’t watched it, it’s as good as the previous seasons – and is an example of great writing). In the first episode the investigating officers find an … Read More

Writer’s Digest – April 14, 2021

My editor’s notes for the second Queenstown book – which, incidentally, has a title now, The Café On Beach Road – came back just before Easter. We got together (virtually speaking) last week to talk them through, and I have … Read More

On My Bookshelf – March

It’s felt like a slow reading month, but I’ve still managed to read 7 books – including one completely out of genre for me. While I was on holidays for a week of the month, obviously I spent more time … Read More