By Michel Vimal Du Monteil (Hawkeye Books, Australia) I received an advanced copy from Hawkeye in exchange for an unbiased review Paul, originally French but settled for many years in Australia, is a wealthy, retired businessman. He reads that ‘a massive swell [is] about to hammer Sydney’s beaches' and sets off with his surfboard to … Continue reading Review: Where There is A Will
Every time stuff gets difficult, I find myself reaching for Facebook for distraction. I know enough to know that's not good. Self Improvement 101: sit with the difficult stuff - that's where the rewards lie. I'm not talking personal problems here, though I have no doubt I would use FB to make myself feel better … Continue reading Medicating with Facebook
Reblog of this piece. How am I 52 years old and this is the first day I found out about The Heroine’s Journey? How? Excuse me whilst I disappear down a wormhole. I’m off to finish reading The Writer’s Journey by Vogler and then The Heroine’s Journey by Murdock. Here’s Murdock’s webpage and explanation of … Continue reading The Via Feminina: Revisioning the Heroine’s Journey by Mary Sharratt —
I've been reading a lot - A LOT - of short stories this year. Sometimes it seems as if I could one day be really very good at writing them, others not so much. Sometimes I get a bit bogged down by the lyric beauty of the vast majority of the short story winners because, … Continue reading What do you look for in a short story?
This is not my normal genre of book, but I loved the cover so I entered the Hawkeye Books competition for a free copy. Here’s my (ahem) winning entry: The title promises chaotic joy. The cover shows an alarmed emu and a strong capable woman alone on a motorcycle. I’m already smiling in anticipation. I … Continue reading Review: Hunt for the Virgin Rainbow
If you follow me on Twitter (you fool), you may have seen that I have been doing a thread over there of so-called GENTLE WRITING ADVICE. (That thread is here.) And I just wanted to talk about, for a moment, why I’m doing that. So, an indeterminate amount of time ago — my Pandemic Brain…Why “Gentle … Continue reading Why “Gentle Writing Advice,” Exactly? — Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds
By Hilary Mantel (2014) This is a patchy collection of stories. I only liked three of them. Lots of reviews don't like all of them, though amusingly they all differ in which ones they think are good. Here's the review that I agreed with most. James Lasdun in the Guardian. I read the collection to … Continue reading Review: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and other stories