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The Heavy Sadness

I have this sadness. I'm not going to call it depression because I feel that would belittle the experience of those who are diagnosed with depression and suffer under its weight every day. But this sadness of mine is heavy and when it comes it presses me down into the...

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But wait, there’s more!

But wait, there’s more!

No, not a complete set of steak knives. Although daggers and other blades to feature in abundance they aren't cutting steak. Not unless steak is a euphemism for a living person who is about to be a dead person. Or a dead metaphor. Moving on! It's been a little while...

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When impatience gets ugly

When impatience gets ugly

Is it all right to be angry that the release date for the new Song of Ice and Fire book has been pushed back? Again. I get it, I do. People have been reading and following and adoring this series for longer than some young adults have even been ALIVE. Then the TV...

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2017 and Beyond!

2017 and Beyond!

There was a time I could not see beyond the end of The Grave at Storm's End, the book that haunted me through the shittiest portion of my life to date (no, 2017, do not take that as a challenge, you have enough crap going on already. Focus.) But that time is no longer...

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2016 In Review

2016 In Review

So 2016 eh? Not exactly the year many people are going to remember fondly. On the world stage there were a lot of shit moments, a lot of anger and hate and fear that led to war and violent attacks and devastation. But sometimes it is easy to let that overwhelm us, to...

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And done. Finally.

And done. Finally.

On Saturday night I finally hit send and The Grave at Storm's End went flying through the internet-ether-satellite-space-dohicky system thing and magically landed in my editor's inbox (or inbos as we like to call it). FINALLY. It has been two years. TWO YEARS, since I...

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To Read List #1

To Read List #1

I'm one of those people who always has a pile of books to read. It used to sit on my bedside table, but it was hard to sleep with them all there glaring at me for not reading all night. So I've moved it to a shelf in the sunroom. But it's still there... glaring at me...

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Audiobooks!

Audiobooks!

Yes, you read that right - audiobooks! This year The Vengeance Trilogy will be brought to life by the magic of the spoken word. I have listened to audiobooks for as long as I can remember, beginning with Wind in the Willows and Lego Fabuland before progressing...

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Of Babies and Moving Vans

Of Babies and Moving Vans

Life has finally settled down again. It has been a very strange two years - ok, two and a half. It has been two and a half years since The Blood of Whisperers was released, and in that time I have moved country twice, moved house an additional three times, got a new...

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Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

So today is my birthday. Normally I'm not one to even bother acknowledging this, but for some reason this year feels a little more special. I'm 29. Not quite the big 30, but certainly the last year I can claim to be in my twenties. The last year to get things in order...

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Ink Me!

Ink Me!

I went to visit my lovely editor in Sydney recently, a once a year mini vacation because it turns out that she lives in the wrong city (ie not Melbourne). I get a few days away from my kids and the chance to talk shop without having to type in a little window and get...

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This is one of those short beautiful books that, while it didn't make itself impossible to put down, has certainly left its mark upon me. Simple and well-written, Stardust is a reminder of everything a story is and all a story needs to be. I find myself with so little...

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