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This is where I blog about writing, music and inspiration. I am also prone to doing obscure brain dumps. Have a read!

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Going Postal: Why Delivering Mail Is Like Writing A Novel

Several months ago I took a part-time job to supplement my author activities. I am at the relative beginning of my publishing career and have not yet generated a stable income. Therefore, I became a postman. Apart from the financial aspect, it has also has proven to...

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How (Not) To Write A Debut Novel

A long time ago, in a land far, far away, a writer slaved over a mechanical typewriter… He didn't know it at the time but he was writing what would one day become his debut novel. The typewriter had been procured at the local market for the princely sum of fifteen...

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How To Gain The Attention Of An Award-Winning Director

I’ll cut to the chase. Pitching to a director is relatively easy. You just walk up to them and introduce yourself. Having said that, preparing to act on your intentions is where the real trial lies. It is not dissimilar to the act of writing itself. You must swallow a...

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How To Write A Witch’s Backstory

The City of Shades, the next novel in the Anaïs Blue series, has hit the bookshelves. Anaïs Blue is a teenage witch trapped in the body of a five-year-old. I have now written two full-length novels about her with a third gestating in first draft mode. The new story is...

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Loreless Revisited: A Debut Novel One Year On

I published my debut novel, Loreless, just over a year ago. So much has happened since then. I have published two more books in the past year. The most recent release, the second novel in my series about a teenage witch trapped in the body of a five-year-old, is...

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Did Marilyn Monroe Have Unfinished Business?

I recently published my third novel, the second in a series about a witch with a twist. In The Promptuary I introduce a gone, but not forgotten, twentieth century icon. I’m sure you have heard of Marilyn Monroe. Early on in the writing process I established a sort of...

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My Writers Journey and Inspiration

Going Postal: Why Delivering Mail Is Like Writing A Novel

Several months ago I took a part-time job to supplement my author activities. I am at the relative beginning of my publishing career and have not yet generated a stable income. Therefore, I became a postman. Apart from the financial aspect, it has also has proven to...

read more

How (Not) To Write A Debut Novel

A long time ago, in a land far, far away, a writer slaved over a mechanical typewriter… He didn't know it at the time but he was writing what would one day become his debut novel. The typewriter had been procured at the local market for the princely sum of fifteen...

read more

How To Gain The Attention Of An Award-Winning Director

I’ll cut to the chase. Pitching to a director is relatively easy. You just walk up to them and introduce yourself. Having said that, preparing to act on your intentions is where the real trial lies. It is not dissimilar to the act of writing itself. You must swallow a...

read more

How To Demolish A Community

At present I am an artist-in-residence in Bajesdorp, a small community in Amsterdam. However, perhaps not for very much longer. The community is facing a difficult future. The Dutch government has sold the land it stands on to a developer. In a few short months they...

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How To Write A Witch’s Backstory

The City of Shades, the next novel in the Anaïs Blue series, has hit the bookshelves. Anaïs Blue is a teenage witch trapped in the body of a five-year-old. I have now written two full-length novels about her with a third gestating in first draft mode. The new story is...

read more

Loreless Revisited: A Debut Novel One Year On

I published my debut novel, Loreless, just over a year ago. So much has happened since then. I have published two more books in the past year. The most recent release, the second novel in my series about a teenage witch trapped in the body of a five-year-old, is...

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History

Being Unemployed Is Hard Work

I’m not unemployed. It’s not true. In fact I’m constantly employed. I write. I make music. I run two bands. I do historical  research and take courses in marketing. I maintain a website. I blog. I soak up every snippet of information on writing that I can find. I am a...

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What Happens When You Drop A Bomb On An Ancient Civilisation

In the novel Loreless I touch on a few major moments in modern Aboriginal history. I do this by way of describing the fictional experiences of the ancestors of the protagonist Billy. In each case I tried to put myself into the mind of the ancestor; the characters...

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A Tale of Two Plates

Precisely four hundred years ago one of two plates began a startling journey around the planet. This morning I find myself in a stairwell at the Rijksmuseum. I intended to write in the library but it's closed as it is a public holiday. It kind of sucks but at least...

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The Curious Case Of Constable W. H. Willshire

William Willshire was one particularly bad egg. Central Australia in the 1880s was considered the outer frontier. In some ways it still is, and continues to be most people's image of what epitomises the Australian outback. When William Willshire went to serve as a...

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The Passing Of Daisy Bates

During the writing of Loreless I did an enormous amount of research, much more then I could ever actually use in the book. I have decided to share some of this information, and at the same time, give you a bit of an insight into the writing process. In the book there...

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Great Uncle Josiah Goes To War

My great-uncle Josiah was in his sixties when he enlisted. Like many men during the Great War he faked his age in order to be accepted. What made his story different from most was that he lowered it. Most men put their ages up. He said he was forty-four. I don’t know...

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Music

Don’t Look Back In Anger

One of the finest songs Noel Gallagher ever wrote was “Don’t Look Back in Anger”. I rediscovered it yesterday and it is stuck in my head and won’t leave me alone. I was a fan of Oasis in their early days. Then they lost it and they lost me. I was only interested in...

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Should Patti Smith have won the Nobel Prize?

A few months ago, in March of 2016, I saw Patti Smith perform for the first time. Before seeing her live show I knew her music but nothing about her background, nor anything about her real personality. I was both impressed and moved by her performance. At the Nobel...

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A Croatian, An Australian, And A Dutchman Walk Into A Studio

Locked together for a weekend in Sing Sing Studio, they discussed the state of world affairs, exchanged life experiences and shared personal insights. They listened intently to a songwriter screaming his lungs out and tried to formulate a cunning plan. After three...

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Finding Your Voice Is A Balancing Act

In a couple of days the band will be returning to the recording studio for probably the last session this year. It’s mixing time! I have just been listening back to the first rough mixes of the recordings. We did them over six months ago during our first session in...

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Overcome Your Fear In The Recording Studio

There was a time when I was afraid of the recording studio. I thought that it would show me up for my inadequacies. I thought I wasn’t good enough. I was wrong. Studios are friendly places. They are full of like-minded people trying to create something and you, as a...

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Acting, Opportunities And The Advantages Of Persistence

I could have been an actor. It just didn't pan out that way. Life doesn't always give you the chance to take every offer that comes along. Fate hangs it tantalisingly in front of your face and then whips it out from under your nose. Then you are left with the regret...

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