The nine stages of getting trolled

There is something about the idea of ‘trolling’ that is just so innately relatable to cats. Perhaps it’s because cats take the power away from trolls, turning them into something infinitely more harmless. To all the trolls out there, so long and thanks for all the fish! 1. Your latest post has gone live on your website, and you sit in a corner, cheeks shining … Continue reading The nine stages of getting trolled

The Cool Kids of WordPress #2

You may remember I blogged about ‘The Cool Kids’ back in March of this year, which went on to spawn a terribly endearing group called the ‘Outcast’s Bloghouse’ created by my fellow Aussie writer, Jessica Bakkers, and of which I am a proud member. I could not help sharing this list with you again, especially as I’ve found a whole new collection of writing and author … Continue reading The Cool Kids of WordPress #2

Short Story: Two Weeping Willows

The body had stayed hidden under the gnarled root of a weeping willow tree for over a year. It was never supposed to be exposed, but the heavy rains of summer had shifted and pushed against the embankment until a huge chunk had given way, disturbing the resting place of some poor girl who had found herself murdered. At least that’s what Elizabeth Crawley had … Continue reading Short Story: Two Weeping Willows

What the hell is a ‘hybrid author’?

Yes, of course I poached Chuck Wendig’s brilliance from his article of the exact same name. But, to my credit, I did change my title slightly to reflect my amazing originality. In a similar fashion to Wendig (God I am a poacher today), when I first came across the term ‘hybrid author’ I pictured something a little less than normal. For me, it was a science fiction writer with wings, … Continue reading What the hell is a ‘hybrid author’?

Are you a ‘writer in the closet’?

You’re watching your friend closely as surprise flirts across their features, the expression sinking into their eyes and the lines around their mouth. ‘You’re writing a book? Far out, I had no idea you were even a writer!’ You smile tentatively back, feeling naked under their blazing gaze. ‘Well you see… I’ve always been a writer, I’ve just never told anyone before. I mean, some … Continue reading Are you a ‘writer in the closet’?

Are writers born or made?

The whole ‘Are Writers Born or Made’ debate is still very much alive, and I thought I’d have a go at unwrapping this onion from the perspective of a writer who believes they are very much not “naturally talented” at writing. I’m not saying this to be humble or self-depreciating – I really wasn’t very proficient at writing when I was little. I remember quite vividly … Continue reading Are writers born or made?

The nine stages of writing a psychological thriller

For years now I’ve been almost exclusively writing YA fantasy in all its various forms – paranormal, dystopian, urban, speculative, and even a bit of science fiction (but that was a mistake, a very big mistake) – all revolving around a central, incredibly clichéd angsty romance.  But for the last few months I’ve been writing a contemporary novel on the other end of the spectrum, something so dark … Continue reading The nine stages of writing a psychological thriller

What are the odds of getting published?

How many times have you plugged the question: ‘What are the odds of getting published?’ into google? Me – an innumerable amount. There is nothing more mesmeric than seeing that ‘magic’ number of new authors who manage to score a publishing deal or literary agent in any given year. And nothing gives more of a thrill of excitement than reading the Writer’s Digest ‘How I got My … Continue reading What are the odds of getting published?

Finding a literary agent in Australia

It is a woeful tale, known the world over by every budding author out there who has ever experienced the pain of rejection, yet still retains some semblance of hope. There are thousands, if not millions of us out there who have already tasted that soul-destroying sting, yet still hunt down literary agents regardless, with a rosary bead in one hand, and a crucifix in … Continue reading Finding a literary agent in Australia

The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article

It ignites terror in every blogger world-wide. That moment when you accidentally hit Publish instead of Save Draft or when you schedule an unedited blog post for the distant future, only to completely forget about it. SPOILER ALERT for any of you living under a pebble who have yet to watch Game of Thrones season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. So here are the nine stages… 1. … Continue reading The nine stages of accidentally publishing an article