G’day everyone. I know that things have been a bit quiet around here lately, and for that I apologise. I recently celebrated ten years of marriage with my wife and we had a huge party, a big Renewal of Vows ceremony and associated revelry. I had visitors from interstate and, at one point, ten friends and family members visiting from the UK. It’s been a bit hectic. It’s also been absolutely brilliant and now that everyone has gone back things seem a bit empty. Everything’s a bit too quiet, like the point in a horror film where you just know that something is about to happen that’ll make you spill your popcorn into your lap. Except in this case, it won’t. It’s just life getting back to normal.

Whatever that means.

So now I’m doing all the catching up on things that I’ve let slide over the past three weeks. I have to catch up on writing some reviews and articles for the MaF online magazine, I have a short story to re-edit and others to chase up. I have to get more serious about my next novel, which is currently in the extensive notes phase and really deserves some attention. I’m also toying with the idea of another Ghost: The Hunter story as I enjoyed writing and releasing the first one so much that I’m keen to do it again. I’m becoming a big fan of free online serial fiction and A ‘Verse Full of Scum was really quite successful. It’s still hosted here in its entirety if you haven’t read it – a novella in 34 short chapters.

Also coming up this Friday is a guest blog by my good friend Avery K Tingle on the nature of being a freelance writer in today’s shaky climate, so check back for that on Friday.

Basically, this is a post to get things moving again. This big 10th anniversary party has been such a behemoth of planning and organising that it feels like now is actually the start of the year for me. I can finally concentrate on writing, publishing, promotion and all that good stuff. So, Happy New Year!