New theme and radio silence

My thanks again to James for helping me get this website sorted out after the horrible crash of two weeks ago. You’ll see there’s a new theme in place. Rather swanky too, I think. We’ll be working on customising this over the next few weeks, so I hope you like it.

Our travels around Scotland have been fantastic and we’re moving on again today. I’ll probably be out of net coverage for a few days now, so don’t be surprised by an unusual online silence from me until around Monday. Be good!


Writers Of The Future Honourable Mention

For the first time ever I entered a story in the Writers Of The Future competition. The thing takes a fair while to turn around, with entries going into a quarterly judging period. Winners of each quarter battle it out at the end of the year.

My first effort just scored me an Honourable Mention for this year’s 2nd Quarter, so I’m pretty happy with that. I wonder if that’ll help me sell the story somewhere else now?


Horror discussed on The Book Show on ABC

Earlier this year Kim Westwood, Paul Haines and myself were interviewed for ABC National Radio. Paul and I were discussing horror and whether it is flavoured by Australian culture, while Kim led a discussion on the nature of dystopia in speculative fiction.

You can listen to or download the interview here.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, travelling as I am at the moment, so hopefully we don’t come off sounding like a couple of numpties. Fingers crossed.


Movies on a plane

Long haul travel is always good for catching up on missed films. On our recent flight I watched:

Alice In Wonderland – meh. I was fairly underwhelmed by this one. I really hoped I’d enjoy it more.

Sherlock Holmes – strangely, I thought I wouldn’t like this, but I loved it. The black magic Scooby Doo kinda story was cool.

How To Train Your Dragon – very cute, very clever and surprisingly easy on the heavy moralising for a kid’s animation. Great fun.

Shutter Island – excellent, dark thriller with a stand out cast. By this time I was so far into the flight that this one really bent my brain. Highly recommended.

2012 – about all I had the brain power left for. Impressively visual utter dumbness.


Travelling the world while shit hits the fan

First off, my heartfelt thanks to my web guru James, who saved this site when the upgrade to 3.0 smashed the theme format. Not only that, he even dropped a post to let you all know what was happening. Thanks Jim!

I’m currently in Edinburgh, having just arrived 34 hours after leaving home. We had decent enough flights and all that. By far the worst part of the journey was the last hour trying negotiate Edinburgh in our hire car to find the hotel. Seriously, Edinburgh – NOT car friendly. Especially with all the roadworks, which I’m convinced they ran out and changed after we passed through in order to make them different on our next attempt.

Anyway, my site crapping itself just when I leave for an overseas trip of 4 weeks is pretty annoying, but that’s life. James has dropped this current theme to keep things in order. I must say, it’s pretty horrible, but perfectly serviceable for now. I’ll rebuild something closer to my old site as time allows, which may not be till the middle/end of July when I get back from Europe.

In the meantime, at least everything is still here and I apologise for any disruption you may have noticed. I’ll obviously be posting a bit less than usual over the next few weeks while I enjoy my holidays, but I’ll post bits and pieces as time allows. Now, I’ve been awake for an unholy length of time, just had a shower and I think it’s time for a sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz