The Top 50 Australian blogs on writing

I had a very pleasant surprise this morning. Jonathan Crossfield contacted me on Twitter to let me know about a post on his blog listing the top 50 Australian blogs on writing. I thought that sounded like a pretty useful resource. Imagine my surprise to discover that this little corner of the interwebs that I call my own came in at number 9.

As Jonathan says, “Many people have recommended blogs to me for inclusion on the list over the last two weeks and not all of them were included. Sometimes, they weren’t sufficiently about the act of writing. Even though the blog owner may be a writer, if the topics of the blog did not cover advice and observations on life as a writer, it wasn’t included. A blog by a writer that only discusses their daily non-writerly activities could not be considered a blog about writing. Sometimes the blogs hadn’t been updated for months and therefore could be considered to be inactive. Some blogs discussed books and reading but not writing and therefore did not fit the mould.”

So, not only do we now have a list of 50 really interesting and useful blogs (some of which I already follow and some of which are a very nice find), The Word is also included among them. And it’s not just based on peoples’ opinions. Jonathan has ranked the list of blogs using things like the Technorati ranking, the Page Rank and so on. So I guess I must be doing something right. And I would also like to throw a shout out to my good friend James Frost, in chilly Scotland, for his help with website support and SEO. I couldn’t do all this technomological malarkey on my own.

Check out the post at Jonathan’s blog and have a look at a few of these sites. There’s some that are really worth your while.


Short story published at Antipodean SF

Antipodean SF is an online speculative fiction magazine that specialises in flash fiction. Short, sharp, clever pieces of fiction that never exceed 500 words. From the website:

AntipodeanSF ‘online’ exists to let the world know that there is such a beast as an Australian (i.e. antipodean) science/speculative-fiction writer… In a nutshell, AntipodeanSF wants to bring the ‘other’ briefly, and sometimes horribly, into view (as most good SF does).

It’s a great publication and I’ve been trying to get something published there for a while. Fortunately, I’ve finally cracked it. This was one of the publications on the short list of places that I’m really keen to be published in. Other than the pleasure of having something accepted in a well respected publication, it’s having something accepted in a publication that I always enjoy reading that really makes me feel warm inside.

Anyway, get on over to Antipodean SF and have a read of my flash fiction piece there, Terminal Illness. Let me know what you think, here in comments or by email as usual, and be sure to rate the story for me over there. Read the other stories too – there’s some good stuff in this latest issue.


I’ve been to cheese country

Sorry things have been a bit quiet around here lately. I won’t bore you with the details, but things have been bloody hectic for the wife and I lately, and they’re only going to get more pandemonic (it’s a word now, if I say so). We decided to run away for a week and went off to a little cabin, 12km down a dirt track in the middle of nowhere. Just me, Halinka and Penry the dog. Bloody marvellous.

Anyway, that’s why I haven’t been posting much. I did see this that I thought I’d share with you. We stayed near Bega, which is a town famous for its cheese. The cheese is even called Bega and there’s a cheese museum there. Rather cheese obsessed really, the whole place, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m a big fan of cheese. How many times can I write cheese in a single paragraph? I was pretty impressed when I saw this:


Now, I know that’s supposed to be read as Bega-Cheese Training Centre (as in the training centre for the Bega cheese company). But I just can’t help reading it as Bega Cheese-Training Centre. I can imagine cheese in gym shorts and t-shirts, doing all kinds of exercises, getting in shape for the Cheese Olympics or something.

Like I said, I was on holiday.

Normal service will resume shortly.


Metal As Fuck – the world’s most obliterating metal zine

Some of you may be aware of my broad and ecclectic taste in music, others may not. However, one of the things that I’ve always had a passion for is powerful, ball tearing, throat ripping heavy metal. I’m also a massive fan of all sorts of other genres and I think that Pink Floyd are the greatest band that’s ever been. But metal has always been something that moves me. I like the music I listen to to be emotive and powerful. Power can come from the quietest space between two perfect notes or from the sonic assault of thrash metal. I’m not precious about it.


Anyway, as metal is such a passion for me, I’m very happy to say that I’ve got involved as a contributing writer over at The name says it all really. MaF is an online metal zine and community. From their press release:

Metal as Fuck is the world’s most obliterating metal magazine. Unlike all other metal ezines and online metal communities, and especially unlike others produced in Australia, Metal as Fuck has a truly global, integrative focus, and will bring about the first ever on-the-ground interaction between bands, fans, and the industry.

Since going live on Friday 13 March 2009, Metal as Fuck has gained thousands and thousands of page impressions – and is set to become your only logical place to go for all things metal.

Produced by prominent and gutsy Australian house, Brascoe Publishing, who are rapidly moving to the top seat in independent Australian publishing – and edited by one of the country’s prominent music industry educators, tour and metal label rep, and publicist Kelli Wright – Metal as Fuck will features writers from all over the world. From correspondents in the USA and Europe, to local columnists – including metal supermodel Sam McSatan – and with some of Australia’s best metal journalists on board, the content for Metal as Fuck is brutal, new, and relevant to metalheads all over the world.

That last line is where I come in (I’m not saying I’m among Australia’s best journalists or anything, but you know…) I’ve already posted a couple of reviews over there – one for the new Inevitable End album and one for the new Cauldron album. I’ll be working a lot with these guys, so I’ll let you know when reviews, articles, whatever are coming out. So if you’re a metal fan, head on over there and join in with the community. The place is gonna rock.