Lamé can be so lame
🧐 Lamé without the é would be lame. So lame. 🧐 🧐 Brûlée shorn of those frills on the vowels would be brulee. Who’d want to eat that? It sounds like something they fed Oliver Twist in the foundling home. 🧐 See? I can do accents. Players in both Meet Me at the Hanging Tree and The First Guerrilla […]
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What’s in a (place) name?
I have an opinion on everything. Just ask me, I love to share my wisdom, pontificate, lecture, tell you where you’re going wrong. I am a member of half a dozen survey panels for august organisations with unblemished reputations, also a major bank. I’m getting hammered with surveys at the moment. Most of these are […]
Feed the dolphins, anyone?
Help me out here, friends. Which is better: – A story set in a real place, where the author bends the local truth a little, or – A made up setting you sort of recognise? I get the appeal of a story that mentions places you recognise. One of my friends (Hi, Nyrie!) had the […]
The outlook for books set in 2020
It’s winter in Perth, so it’s cold by our spoiled standards, but the weather’s lovely up north at this time of year. So, when the West Australian government lifted the state’s internal COVID lockdown borders this month, we made a pilgrimage to the insanely beautiful places Val and Stella visited in Meet Me at the […]
Safer than a half-cooked bat
No, that’s not a beach in the photo. It’s Wadi Rum in Jordan. I went looking for desert pictures and I couldn’t resist this one. What a beauty. It’s much more interesting than it should be to illustrate my theme, which is that the middle months of 2020 will be a world-wide literary desert. I […]
Guess what? Shooting is fun!
I flew in a plane for the very first time at the age of fifteen. The very last book I read before taking to the air was Unsafe at Any Height by Ralph Nader. It documented all the most famous commercial airline crashes in history to that point. So, as I stepped onto the Qantas […]
Coping with COVID, an author’s tale
On a cruise last year, I got into it with a gun nut. Remember cruises? Before-COVID, children, we used to holiday on luxurious ocean liners. Last year we sailed from Rome to San Diego via the Panama Canal. Fantastic trip. No one got ill. We visited incredible places like Carthagena, Spain and Carthagena, Colombia. The […]
Can I have fries with that?
As a responsible, adult writer, I’m determined to lead the way on COVID-19 response. No jokes about Mexican beer here. We’re taking this pandemic seriously. Also, let’s be honest, that market was aced weeks ago with the fridge meme. This one’s pretty good too. I’ve been trying to work up something on Corona typewriters. Anyone […]
Writers don’t go on holiday. They just write somewhere else. This week it is Patong Beach, Phuket. Our visit is a small contribution to bolster the Thai tourist economy against the onslaught of coronavirus cancellations. That’s not entirely a joke. We’ve been here four or five times before, and I’ve never known it so quiet. […]