Category: Words

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Here Be Brittle

It arrived! Well, it arrived a little while ago, in the countryside, while I was in Oz. My story in Brittle Star Magazine. We had a party on the weekend, and at one drunken point I was wobbling around the lounge room saying “you must see this! I must show...

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Last Line, First Line, Last Line

Over on her blog, Natalie Bowers has an interesting project going. She invites readers to write a story based on the last line of another story. The first week, writers had to use the last line of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He was soon borne away by the waves and lost...

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Dinosaurs and Extreme Commenting

This is the tweet that started it. Had to screen a few insulting comments on "Dinosaur." Expressing dislike is fine. Personal insults piss me off and get you moderated. — Apex Magazine (@apexmag) February 2, 2015 Interested to know what led to this, I obviously wandered over to the Apex...

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The Sea – John Banville

Review: At sea in a waterlogged tale of pretentiousness. I love literature and literary fiction. I don’t demand that my favourite authors and books have a distinct plot or fall into a fixed genre. I don’t need to ‘identify’ with the main characters, and in fact there don’t even really...

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Country of the Pointed Firs – Sarah Orne Jewett

Review: Perfect for a holiday read – or for dreaming about being on holiday. It’s not very often that I finish a book and immediately want to read everything else by that author. It happened with Tove Jansson, Elizabeth von Arnim and now again with Sarah Orne Jewett. An unnamed...

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Brittle Star Magazine

I’m very pleased to say that my short story “Pharaoh’s Daughter” has been published in Issue 35 of Brittle Star Magazine. I’ve been kicking this story around for ages, finessing and reworking it dozens of times. It’s nice that I can now finally consider it done and it has a...

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How not to sell your book

I’m a member of a Facebook group called “Women Writers, Women’s Books“. It’s an online community of women writers and readers who share their stories and successes, interesting articles, and questions about plot or about publishing. We recently had a discussion about why the group works better than other similar...

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The Lost Dog – Michelle de Kretser

“The Lost Dog”, Michelle de Kretser. (Chatto & Windus, London: 2008) Review – Beautiful & tedious & gorgeous & dull. Yes, all of those things. I had to re-borrow this book from the library to try to remember what it was about and if I’d liked it. In general, I’d...

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Song of the Lark – Willa Cather

“Song of the Lark”, Willa Cather; (Kindle edition), 1915 Review – A worthy American classic I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of Willa Cather before picking up this book. She’s an important classic American author – but somehow I’d missed her entirely. And, in fact, I may still have...

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Short and sharp

Well that was quick. After sending off 4 stories just a few days ago, I’ve already got my first rejection! Based on the speed and curtness of the response, I’d say that my story is really not what they were after. It was my first foray into writing horror and...