Tuesday, April 26, 2011


A break from writing during Easter. Hey I’ve been doing it pretty solid since my last break at Christmas so I reckon I was owed it. During the break I’ve been editing stories for Anywhere But Earth and reading Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. I just finished book five over the break. To my mind it’s a fantastic tale, filled with real humanity, lots of incident and maintains the tension about the main protagonists' overall quest. I have a lot of respect for Stephen King and the dedication required to finish the seven books is an interesting tale in itself and one that demonstrates a useful lesson in stick-to-it-ness.

Apart from writing I went to see Suckerpunch the other week. I thought Zac Snyder’s take on Watchmen was the best movie experience of 2009. Suckerpunch carried high expectations and leaving the cinema I wasn’t sure how I felt. Part of the reason was that I watched it at Imax and I’m finding that the Imax screen is just too big to provide an enjoyable movie watching experience. Instead of being immersive, I find close-up action scenes become jerky and confusing. As to the film itself it’s part action movie, part arthouse and part music video. With the benefit of distance, I think on the whole that Suckerpunch was a good movie. The plot really rewards post-watching deliberation and has a lot more to it than flashy graphics. Also I think Snyder is to be applauded for being ambitious enough to try something that had the potential to confuse an audience that was mainly there to see big explosions and cool fights. There is a serious intent behind Suckerpunch and hopefully Snyder will be allowed to continue to demonstrate his vision to the cinema public. Tonight is a guilty pleasure of another sort. I’m going to see Thor J

Friday, April 15, 2011


I haven't blogged for a long while, mainly due to the fact I've been coming to grips with a new job. But that doesn't mean nothing has been happening.

Work on The Way of The Kresh Book Two continues. It's slow and methodical progress and I'm finding myself in a very fortunate place. Knowing where the story is ending up, I'm letting the characters and situations lead me at present and finding some suprises along the path to my ultimate goal. It's a really nice, no pressure, creative space to be in and I feel privileged to be here. This is where the real creativity occurs, before the painful rewrites and backtracks and the inevitable scrabble to get published.

Meanwhile over at the coeur de lion site, I've just announced the author line up for Anywhere But Earth.  So I'm beginning the editing process now. I'm doing this onscreen and trying out a few new features that Word 2007 has to offer. Hopefully it will be painless for me and the authors.

Episode 29 of the TISF podcast has also just debuted, with Chuck McKenzie doing a great reading of 'Like a Bug Underfoot', though if you don't like swear words you may want to give this one a miss. I've decided to hang up the podcast mic after Episode 30. That's two and a half years of programs and I find I'm a bit 'been there done that' about the whole thing. It's a lot of work and I'm at a place now where I've mastered the skill of podcasting and it's not new and fun anymore. This is why I gave up editing Aurealis Magazine too. I think two to three years is my maximum attention span for a project. Hopefully, however, with TISF I've left something that will stand as an archive of the voices of today's Australian speculative fiction community. That's a good feeling.