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- A dilemma about characters
- Adelaide Writers Week, 2009
- Adjectives, commas and confusion
- An artist's conflict
- An editor's role
- Authorial voice, passive writing and the passive voice
- Common misuses: common expressions
- Common misuses: confusing words
- Common misuses: pronouns - subject and object
- Conversations with a character
- Critiquing Groups
- Does length matter?
- Dont sweat the small stuff: formatting
- Free help for writers
- How much magic is too much?
- Know your characters via astrology
- Like to be an editor?
- Modern Writing Techniques
- My best reads of 2007
- My best reads of 2008
- My favourite dead authors
- My favourite modern authors
- My influential authors
- Planning and Flimmering
- Planning vs Flimmering again
- Psychological Spec-Fic
- Readers' pet hates
- Reading, 2009
- Reality check: so you want to be a writer?
- Sensory detail is important!
- Speculative Fiction - what is it?
- Spelling reform?
- Substantive or linking verbs
- The creative cycle
- The promiscuous artist
- The revenge of omni rampant
- The value of "how-to" lists for writers
- Write a decent synopsis
- Write a review worth reading
- Writers block 1
- Writers block 2
- Writers block 3
- Writers need editors!
- Writers, Depression and Addiction
- Writing in dialect, accent or register
- Writing it Right: notes for apprentice authors
Interviews with authors
My Blog List
Book review: The Butterfly Effect, by Pernille Rygg - Pernille Rygg is a Norwegian novelist who has written three novels, published between 1995 and 2000. Of these books, her two murder mystery novels, both fe...4 minutes ago
The ONLY 2 Things You Need To Know About Characterisation - LOOK GUYS … … It’s all very well talking about character WOUNDS and FLAWS and HUBRIS and all that advanced characterisation malarkey. I’m not saying it’s b...2 hours ago
Archives: seeking memories, making meaning, creative practice - I came to the archive to seek out fabrics in a place often perceived as being full of paper…2 hours ago
PB162: How Lisa Took Action and Built a Six Figure Business - How Lisa Corduff Took Action and Built a Six Figure Business In today’s episode, we hear from Lisa Corduff from lisacorduff.com in an interview that Karly...4 hours ago
The Hanging Tree - A Bit of Chapter - the last Part! - This a continuation of an extract from Chapter One of the upcoming The Hanging Tree *You can find Part One here.* *And Part Two here. * PART 3 Guleed a...5 hours ago
Joint Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Illuminae Files #2) - [image: Gemina] Another spectacular, gut-wrenching beauty of a book. Title: Gemina Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Genre: Science Fiction, Epistolary...6 hours ago
William Marshal and the immediate aftermath of The Death of King John By Elizabeth Chadwick - Newark Castle today On a dark and stormy night of October 18th 1216, King John died at Newark Castle, a couple of months short of his 50th birthday. His r...10 hours ago
Finally Finished Reading...The Wizardry Of Jewish Women by Gillian Polack - I bought this at the launch, back in September, and had only read a small amount of it, due to various distractions. It's not the sort of book you can re...1 day ago
Real Life Diagnostics: Does This Inspirational Romance Opening Work? - *Critique By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy* Real Life Diagnostics is a weekly column that studies a snippet of a work in progress for specific issues. Reade...1 day ago
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The Volcano that Burped - The Blue Dome near Eschwege - The Blue Dome (*Blaue Kuppe*) near Eschwege in northern Hessia is an interesting geological feature. It is a 10-12 million year old volcano that never rea...2 days ago
Horror Fiction and the Gothic at Carnes Hill Library - It’s good to have a Halloween event and this year I’m lucky to be involved with a great one! On Friday the 28th October, from 6pm until 8pm, I’ll be at C...5 days ago
The latest marketplace data would seem to say publishers are as strong as ever - This post began being written a couple of weeks ago when I recalled some specific misplaced expectations I had for the self-publishing revolution and start...5 days ago
News Roundup - The 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings - How the anniversary celebrations and the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey was reported in the media... [View the story "News Roundup ...6 days ago
MtLawleyShire’s hunt for Wildflowers #2: peas, paws and pretties - The second in a post of flowers from the reserve in the northern suburbs. There were so many flowers! I wonder if I will have time to return before they a...2 weeks ago
#WEPff OCTOBER sign up -- CONSTELLATIONS or HALLOWEEN or a combination of both! Let's get started! - Here is the eagerly-anticipated link up for the OCTOBER 2016 Write...Edit...Publish challenge. You have a choice -- CONSTELLATIONS or HALLOWEEN or a combin...3 weeks ago
UFC article in The Guardian, some background info. and additional comments - My opinion piece in *The Guardian* on Mr McGowan's promise to legalise cage fighting if elected was always going to cause a stir. Any writer taking on an i...3 weeks ago
Marshall of Aghaloo: The writings of Mrs. Sarah Jane Smith née McCracken - [image: derrykintone-cottage2d] *A cottage in Derrykintone townland,with sheep grazing at pasture andthe wall of the Caledon estate in the background.*...3 weeks ago
And Father Dragon said "let there be a planet...." - *Lo and behold, Dragon made a planet!!* Oh, I'm so very proud of myself so forgive me if I brag a little bit - way too much. I'm in the process of learni...5 weeks ago
NEXT FREE ONLINE STORY SANCTUARY RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 8 PM Eastern. - "The Storyteller," Michelangelo CaravaggioHas your life been turned upside down and inside out through a frightening diagnosis, major loss, chronic stress...1 month ago
The Ballad of Jack Elliott, Olympian, Boxer, Journalist, War Victim - John 'Jack' Elliott, 1927 One aspect of writing a book detailing historical events is that you can very easily go off on tangents that, while peripheral to...2 months ago
WriteIndia Writing Contest: When a Contest Sponsor Changes The Rules - *Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware* *NOTE: This post has been updated.* I harp a lot here on how important it is to read the fine print--in your...3 months ago
Not dead, still writing, and a quick announcement! - I’ll play catch up properly soon, I promise, oh dear and patient readers. In the meantime, you can grab some really great bargains in SF and Fantasy fictio...3 months ago
Moving to a new site - visit Dive into Worldbuilding, the Blog! - New Blog Address: http://dive-into-worldbuilding.blogspot.com/ Friends, I've now been running Dive into Worldbuilding as a show for five years (!), and f...4 months ago
Our Love is On the Right Track- Song & Video from my new "solo" project - *Our Love is on the Right Track**A great sentiment for Christmas, **but also a romantic song & video for you all, the first from my new "solo" music and v...10 months ago
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First, check this competition out (closes 4 September 2008) -
Make sure you read terms and conditions before entry.
* Your manuscript on the top of the consideration pile for Morrigan Books. Check out their website to see if your manuscript would fit their style. (Update 28 August 2008 - this prize has been withdrawn.)
* A professional and in-depth critique of up to 15,000 words of your manuscript by Phillip Berrie
* One seat in a 2 hr online writing course 'What not to do in your medieval setting 101'
Fantasy Book Pack
* Royal Exile by Fiona McIntosh
* The Accidental Sorcerer by K E Mills
* Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley
Dark Book Pack
* In Bad Dreams vol 1 edited by Mark Deniz and Sharyn Lilley
* The Painted Man by Peter V Brett
* The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson
Eclectic Book Pack
* Hal Spacejock - No Free Lunch by Simon Haynes SIGNED!
* Daikaiju Vol 1 edited by Robert Hood and Robin Pen
* Daikaiju Vol 3 edited by Robert Hood and Robin Pen
And don't forget the Conflux virtual mini-con this weekend. It's an online forum where various Conflux guests of honour (both current and past), workshop presenters, committee members and other worthies -- wits and raconteurs all -- get to chat with online visitors, answer questions and generally liven the day with sparkling banter and repartee.
Details of who'll be in the hot seat for each session are below.
To take part, just go the Conflux forum at the appropriate time, sign in and banter away! Hope to (virtually) see you there.
Saturday August 2
12pm – Glenda Larke
1pm – Chris Barnes
2pm – Gillian Polack
3pm – Bruce Gillespie
4pm – Phill Berrie
5pm – Stephen Hunt
6pm – Peter Strong
7pm – Karen Miller
8pm – Fiona McLennan
9pm – Maxine McArthur
10pm – Sharyn Lilley
11pm – Karen Herkes
12am – Ellen Datlow
1am to 6am – break
7am – Sherwood Smith
8am – Nicole R Murphy
9am – Jonathan Strahan
10am – Kaaron Warren
11am – Sean Williams
12pm – Kevin J Anderson
1pm – Cat Sparks
2pm – Jackie French
3pm – Jack Dann
4pm – Simon Haynes
5pm – Marianne de Pierres
I'm flat out with packing and house cleaning to be ready for Juliet's homecoming this afternoon. Pan-ic!
This is a video of Outlaw and Gretel at the oval.
My result for The Camelot Test...
Lady of the Lake
Mistress of the Enchanted Isle (Avalon), you are beautiful, poised and very powerful. You strike fear and love in the heart of your peers.
Hm. Pity I missed out on the good looks...
(I think I'll do the test six more times, fudging my answers so I can collect all the lovely pictures!)
Another newish site is called A Boy Goes on a Journey and it also looks very promising. There are articles on writing, discussions and the opportunity to exchange critiques. My crit buddy Phill Berrie is one of a keen team of organisers. There's loads of potential here: it just needs a bit of support to see it turn into something really worthwhile.
We've had good rains this week. Down at the oval where I like to walk the dogs, one area became a temporary duck pond a few days ago. It's dried out now and the quackers have retraced their fifty-metre walk back to the river, although there are still plenty of shallow puddles.
But, depending what you're used to, you would not think it cold here; at least, not for winter. Today the sun shines down from a clear blue sky, so I took the dogs on an extra leg around the block before heading to the oval, checking out the gardens along the way. One household boasts what appears to be a single camellia bush with two kinds of flowers, some pale pink striped with a deeper pink; others self coloured in the darker shade. Whether caused by a sport reverting to type or a clever gardener's training of two bushes to look like one I don't know, but it is a lovely sight in the sunshine. A house or two farther down, Iceberg roses in full bloom, a full dozen bushes of them, all taller than I am, nod to us we pass, and I rejoice at how lucky I am to live in a place where roses and camellias both flower in mid-winter. Soon there will be spring bulbs, flowering fruit trees and magnolias, and gardeners will reluctantly remove the last of the rose blooms and prune the bushes in readiness for the early summer flush in November.
Back from the walk, my shoulders soften in the sunshine that pours in through the window, while my stiff hands, cold in their fingerless gloves, hit wrong keys more often than not. On a day like this, it's warmer outdoors than in. Most people here think it not worth the trouble and expense of central heating for our short ersatz winter; and besides, the government is now on our backs about climate change and the need for restraint when it comes to heating and cooling. So warm shoulders and cold hands are the order of the day. The dogs have the right idea: they move from one patch of sunshine to another as the sun circumnavigates the house. Here is Juliet's little fosterling, Sara, peering over the back of the couch. She is real, honestly, even though she looks like a teddy bear...
And here is Sonia the Cat, looking every bit her elegant, aristo-catic self. Actually, since Sara arrived, Sonia has made a dignified retreat to the front room. Discretion is definitely the better part of valour when you're an elderly cat and there are three dogs in the house. She cautiously comes to the kitchen at meal times, occasionally demanding that I escort her past the madding throng of canine peasants if they look like being too unruly for her refined tastes. She then allows me to lift her onto the laundry bench so she can enjoy her repast without interference from the lower orders.
Like Joscelin, Jacqueline Carey's hero in the Kushiel novels, I just "protect and serve";-)
SF Rules OK on TV by Stephen Thompson
Meet the Publishers (QWC Seminar Notes) by Amanda Greenslade
Up and Coming
New books from Orbit
New books from Voyager
BLACK Magazine exposes Australia’s Dark Side
Jack Dann in conversation with Satima Flavell
Alison Goodman in conversation with Satima Flavell
Edwina Harvey interviewed by Stephen Thompson
Glenda Larke in conversation with Satima Flavell
Alastair Reynolds in conversation with Simon Petrie
The Flying Banana by James Hansen
One Last Time by Bill Youatt-Pine
All the Stage is a World by Damien Kane
Traitors All by Warren Bernard
Belladonna by Anne Bishop
Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Fires Rising by Michael Laimo
Dreaming Again edited by Jack Dann
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
The Healer by Sharon Sala
The Two Pearls of Wisdom by Alison Goodman
The Ice-cream Man by Jenny Mounfield
Wardragon by Paul Collins
Stargate SG-1: Do No Harm by Karen Miller
House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur
The Orphanage (El Orfanato)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Meet my fellow members of the Specusphere team: Stephen Thompson (editor), Amanda Greenslade (webmistress and writer) and Astrid Cooper (sub-editor and writer):
Since 1997, Stephen has pursued an interest in creative writing that he’d been nurturing for over 25 years. His publishing credits include poetry, radio drama, short fiction, non-fiction, music and screenwriting. He holds an industry recognised Diploma of Editing (Publishing) and works as a freelance editor, proofreader and publisher in Brisbane.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Communication majoring in writing and screen production. She fits her duties as Specusphere's web mistress around a full-time job as a graphic design/multimedia manager for a non-profit organisation. Her interests include animals, writing, reading fantasy and science fiction, gaming, website design, film, theatre and music.
A published fantasy-romance novelist, Astrid's work for The Specusphere focuses on author promotions, interviews and book reviews. She will also be writing the occasional “how-to” article, drawing upon her experience in the writing and publishing industry. When not working on her own books, she serves as an editor/manuscript assessor with an Australian agency.
I do hope you enjoy the fruits of our labours. The panic's over now for another two months, but we'll be back on 1 September with even more previews, reviews and interviews!