To the Clarion West class of 2016

  To the Clarion West class of 2016, Herly shit, guys, you’re in week 2 already. It goes so fast. Doesn’t it go fast? I should know because my class was two years ago and I still can’t believe it’s over. Here’s some stuff I learned there, and… Read More

Stuff by my friends: Inter-Exo by Julie Steinbacher

From our first frank conversation about the kind of women we were, I knew Julie and I would be friends. She’s a beautiful writer, and amazing person and I am so glad that we continue to be friends at such a distance. You’re the best, Julieface! Today, her… Read More

Clarion West 2014: Part 2

Do you know that they issue a heat warning in Seattle when it reaches 32 degrees? (that’s 90 for you Fahrenheit-ers) I went ‘pah’ and told them stories about the 45.8 scorcher we had in Sydney last year, but honestly I was boiling my ass off. It was… Read More

Clarion West 2014: Part 1

I’m home. I’m home! Shit. Do you know how hard it’s been to even start these posts? Do you? It’s like trying to describe something intangible, like pinning words to smoke or vapour. Gah. Look, I’ll try. I can’t promise sense or anything. I remember waiting in the… Read More

Notes on the Last Day of a Writers Workshop

1. Sob. 2. I fucking love these people. For realsies. I plan on doing a bi-yearly world tour to see everyone again. 3. Our unusual word tally was thus: reverberate: 11 tendrils: 10 slough/sluff: 10 Brian: 7 loam/loamy: 5 Wu: 5 cerulean: 4 juddering: 6 …and by week… Read More


Every morning I open a ‘New Post’ for this blog and sit for a moment, staring at the cursor blinking. I don’t think it’s that I have nothing to say, more that I have nothing… coherent to say. It’s all a jumble right now. I’m having fun, frustration… Read More

The right advice, in the right words, right when I needed it.

So, yesterday Neil Gaiman’s Tumblr pointed me towards Joe Hill’s Tumblr (it was like this whole Tumblr thing. Tumblr!) where I found this really great piece of advice about making stories: “…just focus on what you’re going to do today, which is write another great scene: a scene… Read More

Doing Stuff & Putting Myself Out There

Yesterday I bought my ticket for the Speculative Fiction Festival held by the NSW Writers Centre. (From the website) “Speculative fiction is an umbrella term for many of the world’s best loved genres. Fantasy, science fiction, supernatural, utopian and dystopian, horror and alternate history stories are all part… Read More