Beechworth Asylum Writers’ Retreat

I just spent three days, and two nights, in a haunted abandoned asylum. It was fantastic fun! Geoff and Dawn run Asylum Ghost Tours from the amazing Bijou Theatre at Beechworth Asylum in country Victoria. They also organise writing retreats there where a bunch of...

Ten Rules of Writing

People are always posting rules of writing and it annoys me. I have opinions about many things, and this is definitely one of them. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I think writing rules are generally a load of bollocks. They...

Earthsea revisited and visited anew

I mentioned a while back that I was embarking on a reread of Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea novels. It was, in fact, only a part reread. There are six Earthsea books, that Le Guin likes to refer to as either the Earthsea Cycle, or the two Earthsea trilogies. Until...

The 15 author meme

There’s this meme going around Facebook: In no more than 15 minutes list 15 authors who have really struck a chord with you and will stay with you. I did this a while ago, then it came up again. I couldn’t find my original post, so I just did a new 15. Then I...