I’ve never really been interested in celebrity autographs. I have an autograph book which is full of autographs and pithy sayings but none of them are of famous people, they are all my family and friends. I do have the odd one which ‘proves the rule’ although none of them are in my book. It […]


We always do a picnic at this time of year, the kids didn’t want to come with us and we wanted to go a little further away than normal so we had a lovely drive out to Ballarat by ourselves. I have a friend out there who had ordered some books so we packed them […]

The Last Stormlord – Glenda Larke

I know I did a book review a couple of days ago and I don’t normally like to do reviews so close together as I need time to actually read the book but I can’t help this one. I actually finished A Nest of Occasionals a few days ago and started The Last Stormlord almost […]

A Nest of Occasionals – Tony Martin

Tony Martin was born in Te Kuiti, New Zealand but I promise I won’t hold that against him. This book is a collection of stories from his childhood and told with an eye to humour. I’m not going to make light of his childhood as some of it can’t have been fun but it’s just […]

Miscellaneous Musings

Since it’s been a few days since my last post I feel you should get some explanation. I’m sure your imagination has not been working overtime and you haven’t noticed my absence and so I’ll just give you some material for your imagination and then head on into the whys and wherefores. I could have […]

Being a NYT Bestseller

I came across this Tweet “What’s it like to be a NYT bestseller?” posted by Writeitsideways and then a couple of minutes later, another by the same person “More on the reality of NYT bestsellers”. Naturally I followed the links, read the articles and followed further links. What I found was author Lynn […]


Punctuation is a wondrous invention. It helps with so many things…well, actually, it really only helps with reading and meaning, but I’d just like to exaggerate for a little. I’m always trying to improve my use of punctuation as I do like to ensure my meaning gets across to the reader in the correct manner. […]

Dracula – The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt

Today I finished reading a book, yes, it’s a cause for celebration for some people. It’s certainly a cause for celebration for me as I should soon get some decent sleep. I really shouldn’t read horror as it gives me rather strange dreams. Dracula – The Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt is the […]

Tiptree Awards

Seeing the Tiptree Awards as sent to me by The Bookslut on Twitter reminded me of a conversation I was having with a customer four years ago. She was buying books for her partner, who was going through gender reassignment, and had a whole list of books she wanted to read. It came as little […]

Triocon 2010 – Melbourne

Some of you will know that Triocon is on this weekend and some of you will know the fun and excitement to be had there. For those that don’t here is a basic rundown on some of the fun; I’ve had some coaching from DD who attended Doctor Who Downunder last year, also run by […]