Things you learn drinking with an Old Russian Man

A very long time ago, in a city that was not this one, I learnt a very important lesson about drinking from an old Russian man. For more ambience, play something like  this is the background. I was 16 at the time, and I’d stopped living with my parents or going to school about a year before, … Continue reading Things you learn drinking with an Old Russian Man

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Perspective | On Writing by Silvia Brown

It’s not about what you want most. Life sucks and sometimes there are no publishers in shining armour coming to rescue your manuscript from the dungeons of the drawer that should not be opened. No matter how great you are or how connected. Sometimes it’s just not meant to be. And I am ok with … Continue reading Perspective | On Writing by Silvia Brown

How a Conversation with an Uber Driver Changed Everything for Me

Mohammed’s laugh was loud and easy. It was enough to show he related to my experience. Not so long ago, I was travelling to work in a red Corolla Ascent with my Uber driver Mohammed. He was overly chatty whereas I just wanted to focus on my thoughts. I was happy to just listen to … Continue reading How a Conversation with an Uber Driver Changed Everything for Me

Steven Paulsen & Jason Franks Double Book Launch | IFWG Publishing Australia

Speculative fiction writers are a strong niche community in Australia and New Zealand. Embracing the darker side of our writing is a daunting task but its also immensely rewarding.  Jason Franks and Steve Paulsen belong to a rare breed of individuals. Writers whose stories dwell in the realms of horror, fantasy and/or science fiction. The support … Continue reading Steven Paulsen & Jason Franks Double Book Launch | IFWG Publishing Australia

Travels in France with my father’s father

This blog tells of a trip to France that linked three generations of my family to a tiny village in the Somme. Written for the Travelling Solo section of diywoman.net, the purpose of the post is twofold: to provide advice and encouragement for single women who want to travel, and as a loving tribute to my father and his father. … Continue reading Travels in France with my father’s father