Holiday reading

We’ve just enjoyed a week away in the Snowy Mountains (which is why it’s been a bit quiet around here lately, my apologies.) One of the best things for me about holidays is the unfettered reading time, so I thought I’d share with you all what...

The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood – review

Kim Westwood is a writer with a rare, light touch. The Courier’s New Bicycle is her second novel. I haven’t read her first, The Daughters of Moab, so this is my first foray into Westwood’s long fiction, though I have enjoyed her short stories in the...

More than candy – the real history of Halloween

Today is Halloween. I wrote this post a couple of years ago and thought I might repost it today, for anyone interested. Seeing as I’m a writer of all things macabre and occult (among other things) I thought I’d celebrate Halloween by posting on what Halloween is...

Practicing Jedi overlooked on 2011 Australian Census

Practicing Jedi have been overlooked on the Australian Census. Then again, pretty much everything has been overlooked on the latest census, but the Jedi issue is more important than you might realise. It’s important to me that statistics are as accurate as possible....

Religious quote of the week

Possibly religious quote of the year. I simply could not let this one go by, for I nearly laughed my morning cereal out of my nose when I read this. To be honest, there’s a plethora of fantastic quotes in this story. The Reverend Avril Hannah-Jones of the...

Pentecost by Joanna Penn – review

“When Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead, the Apostles took stone from his tomb as a symbol of their brotherhood. At Pentecost, the fires of the Holy Spirit empowered the stones and the Apostles performed miracles in God’s name throughout the Empire. Forged in...