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When the Black Dog Howls

It’s been a tough year. I’ve been visited by the Black Dog all too often over the past months. He usually bays at the door, sniffs around my feet,and leaves. This time he’s curled around my legs, only relenting on occasion, to stretch his legs for a while. But there seems no reprieve. He keeps…

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An unforeseen change of plans…

This time last year I was preparing to release my latest steampunk novel, The Department of Curiosities. I was in New Zealand, with my Dearheart, doing Lord of the Rings tours on the North Island, and finishing up at the Oamaru Steampunk Festival, down South. We had a ball. Met Smaug, stayed in a Victorian…

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When one event cancels…

Another, online one, appears. I’ve been asked to be the guest author/speaker at Critical Mass SF discussion group, Adelaide. (online event). They usually meet in Adelaide CBD. From this month, they are meeting via Zoom to practice safe social/spatial distancing. This is my first official online event; I hope I can wrangle the technology! The meeting…

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Here Be Monsters: a short story update.

A couple of weeks ago I spent eight hours of burrowing down the research hole to find details of a specific steamship (London to Adelaide, 1888) for a short story I’m writing for a steampunk/gothic anthology submission. I finally found a Trove article with everything I need, including weather on the trip… Then realised the…

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New Year: 2020 Plans (so far)

Happy new year! The new year has brought mixed feelings down here in Australia. Bushfires are still burning. Friends have been evacuated, here in South Australia, Victoria and NSW. We wait to hear if they have a home to return to. I don’t think there’s anyone in Australia not either affected directly or knows someone…

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Miss my talk on Steampunk?

The video of my steampunk talk at Adelaide Steampunk Festival is now live on my youtube channel (with subtitles). And I’ve finally finished the subtitles for my talk at last year’s Steampunk Festival…  

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Guest Blog Post at The Passing Place

Mark Hayes  (who wrote a lovely review of ‘The Department of Curiosities’) is opening his metaphorical arms and welcoming me in – this time for a guest blog post. The brief? Anything on writing, steampunk, my own books… I thought I’d touch on it all, and revisit a ‘Steampunk Hands Around the World’ post from…

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PBA FM Recovery and Well Being Show Interview Live Tomorrow

I’m back at PBA FM tomorrow – live from 1.30pm, talking with Phil on the Recovery and Wellbeing Show,. We’ll be talking about books, steampunk and mental health. You can listen live online at http://www.pbafm.org.au #mentalhealth #radiointerview #steampunk #talkingbooks

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Break Down the Barriers

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Down the Research Rabbit Hole…

I got excited on the weekend. I was catching up on some live chats by favourite authors and was reminded of some research books I had planned to get. I bought a copy of Timetables of History. I finally found a cheap copy so I can write my series’ alternate timelines in it. I know,…

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