Category: Words

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A Life in the Day of Tom Baker, 1978

In the course of doing research about my novel, which is set in London the mid-1970s, I found this absolute gem of a piece about Tom Baker, also known as Dr Who. Baker talks depression, alcoholism, Soho, awkward hugs and medical emergencies – all of my favourite topics! In an...

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Life renewal

This past few weeks in Australia have given me an opportunity to catch up on life admin – I renewed my photo ID and got a new Medicare card, things of that nature. But the very first thing that I did – literally on day one at my parents’ place...

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Nanowrimo templates for Scrivener, paper and Excel

UPDATE: The 2018 version of these tools are now available here. In the course of Getting My Shit Together (GMST) for the Nanowrimo 2017 challenge ahead, I’ve created a few templates. Everyone knows that no real project can begin until you’ve visited the stationery shop. And so it is with...

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Writer chit chat – Myfanwy McDonald

There’s a lot to like about Myfanwy McDonald. First off, she’s in my club – her first and last initials are the same! Let’s face it, always a win. Myfanwy is also an Australian writer, crafter and general all-round cool bird. I spoke with her earlier this year when we...

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Printing pleasures

There’s lots of things to love about living in a country like Croatia. And one of my favourite things is printing. Yes, printing. No one likes to own a printer. They’re expensive and they die after about 45 minutes, and the cartridges never really work, and they are just in...

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Kicking off

I just had a writing master class with Jacob Ross, courtesy of the Commonwealth Foundation. It was an amazing session, made me realise what was wrong with two of my stories I’m working on. It also made me realise what I already know, some of it intrinsically. None of which...

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Needs more

I’m editing my manuscript at the moment. Ha! Manuscript. That’s a fancy word for a very, very, very rough first draft. Well, I must call it something, so why not that? Anyway, each night I take a beer and a pen and I sit with my pile of paper and...