Manifest Recall – a review

Manifest Recall by Alan Baxter My rating: 4 of 5 stars A good page turner. I was really lost at the start, and really sucked in to the story, then all the horrible trauma started revealing itself. Eli Carver doesn’t have any redeeming characteristics, except maybe being a good shot, yet Baxter still had meContinue reading “Manifest Recall – a review”

What doth make a writer?

It’s been a little over a year since I quite my management job, became a part-time shit kicker, and focused my attention on being a writer. Over this past year I have been devouring resources about writing. I have completed courses on plot, characters, dialogue, structure, and planning. I have subscribed to blogs and newslettersContinue reading “What doth make a writer?”

Swimming in the dark – a review

Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars From the opening sentences, I felt the sadness of this story like a weighted blanket, comforting me through the book. This book is poetry: melancholic, innocent, hard and unyielding. The main characters, Ludwik and Janusz, share a love and passion that isContinue reading “Swimming in the dark – a review”

Invisible Boys – a review

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a compelling read. Well written, using simple, emotional language that takes you instantly into the heads of the three main characters. A coming of age tale for gay boys. Gritty, hard, reality based stories. Highly recommended.I found it took me longer toContinue reading “Invisible Boys – a review”

Eat, Gay, Love – a review

Eat, Gay, Love by Calum McSwiggan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Calum McSwiggan spins an interesting, heartfelt, sometimes cringeworthy, tale of his travels in this compelling memoir. The locations are exotic and varied, providing a theatrical backdrop to his very personal experiences. His interactions with the people he meets brought back many fond memoriesContinue reading “Eat, Gay, Love – a review”

Too many ideas! 5 ways I decide what to work on next.

There’s been many a moment during the past 5 months of this pandemic craziness where I have felt stuck, unable to write. I would go to work (thank the goddess I still had a job), come home, watch Netflix, exercise, and go to the supermarket a couple of times a week. Lots of my energyContinue reading “Too many ideas! 5 ways I decide what to work on next.”

‘You’ve lost weight’: The unconscious judgements in compliments

I returned home from overseas in March, and entered two weeks’ isolation under the rules to contain COVID-19. This was early in the virus spread, so I was lucky enough to spend the two weeks in a holiday house near the beach. During those two weeks, I did not leave the property. On sunny days,Continue reading “‘You’ve lost weight’: The unconscious judgements in compliments”

Would you move for love?

This is an interesting question that someone posted to my Twitter group a couple of weeks ago. The answers submitted by members included: ‘Yes! Enthusiastically, anything for love’; ‘No, I’ve done it before and it didn’t work out’; and, ‘I wouldn’t make room on the couch, let alone move to another city’. It got meContinue reading “Would you move for love?”

That was me, then, but not me, now

Advice to writers often consists of ‘write what you know’ and ‘writer from the heart’. As both these things are inconsistent – that is, they change constantly – how difficult is it to be consistent in our writing? Writing a novel can take anywhere from a few weeks to years. It is inconceivable to thinkContinue reading “That was me, then, but not me, now”

Writers Victoria April Flash Fiction

Thanks to Writers Victoria, lock down in April was a lot of fun! They ran a daily Flash Fiction competition for the month. Each day a ‘prompt’ word was tweeted, and writers had until 9pm to tweet their flash fiction reply. All entries had to contain the prompt, and be less than 30 words long.Continue reading “Writers Victoria April Flash Fiction”

Promoting Mat Clarke

Please check out Mat’s short stories from my collaborative website ““, there are also many great authors to chat to and other stories to read. Mat Clarke | free-stories – Read Great Stories This makes sense considering it requires no research. If it happened to you then you are the best person to write aboutContinue reading “Promoting Mat Clarke”

This is sooooo boring

There’s a lot of people complaining online about being bored right now, what with all the restrictions, social distancing and closed attractions. That’s part of the reason we are seeing a more of restriction breakers in public places. ‘Boredom: the desire for desires’ – Leo Tolstoy I’m feeling it today. I have editing that needsContinue reading “This is sooooo boring”

This ain’t so bad (except for all the dying)

Take away the illness and death and economic recession, and this isolation/distancing thing ain’t so bad. Alleviates most of my social phobias. My counsellor was like ‘I knew you’d be enjoying this’ and I’m like ‘Well, the government said I can’t go out, so it’s not my fault’ and he’s like ‘You don’t have toContinue reading “This ain’t so bad (except for all the dying)”

How many Twitter followers do you have?

I’ve been a Twitterati for a few months now. It is an enthralling, engrossing and enriching place to make contact with other writers – new and established – particularly at this time of social isolation when I don’t have access to my usual writing groups and supports. I’ve learnt most writers on Twitter are generousContinue reading “How many Twitter followers do you have?”

Promoting Cecile Ravell

Please check out Cecile’s book on tainted love, of which has been published, from my collaborative website ‘Love on a Faultline’ takes you under the skin and into those intimate places where a woman’s vulnerability lies. It shows how her fragile sense of self-worth makes her a ‘sitting duck’ for a dominating man andContinue reading “Promoting Cecile Ravell”

Dear World, are you dumping me?

Dear World, Are you dumping me? It feels like you are pulling away from me. I feel isolated and alone. I’m confused, to quote the Handsome Furs. Did I do something wrong? Did I offend you? to quote Lauren Ruth Ward. I know I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to you lately. YouContinue reading “Dear World, are you dumping me?”

Jericho Writers Twitter competition

All right, here’s what I submitted. For the first novel: She cares for the wounded & dying. He’s suffering a mysterious illness. The war gave them opportunities outside their normal lives. Their friendship will give them solace they never anticipated. A story of unexpected comradery during misfortune. Based on actual letters from WW1. And forContinue reading “Jericho Writers Twitter competition”