attention deficit delight

Shakespeare wrote, ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’ That’s true, it would. But if a rose was called a stench you wouldn’t bother. Names can give you a suggestion of things to come and a label can be handy. But a name can also hold you back. My middle son, Karate…

anemia is my latest crush

There, it is in the corner of the room, unobtrusive, you get the smallest look at it from the corner of your eye. You think nothing of it. But in that glimpse Anemia entered your consciousness. Oh yeah, you’re paying attention now. You’ve heard of it, Anemia, and you think it’ll be in and out,…

five ways of a writing life

1. In Australia only one in four thousand fiction manuscripts will be published. The advice – frame your first rejection letter because that’s pure motivation in black and white. Heck, frame all the others, too. Wallpaper your office, your hallway and your bedroom with them. But what if your number comes up? When my publisher…

who the hell put me in charge?

Blogging is my new sport. Sport takes energy. Even darts takes energy. You’ve got to lift your pint to your mouth, plus you’ve got to get to the pub and stagger home from it. I don’t have energy, I have anemia. Not the pernicious kind, which I only like the sound of because I love…