San Francisco 2019

We did a lot of walking in San Francisco. There were reasons for it. We have this theory about recovering from jetlag and it involves water, walking and sunshine. Our first day there I did over 22,000 steps. That’s steps, not metres or yards. My travelling companion has started to take notice when I want […]

Monday morning…

So it’s Monday and we’re back from our most recent overseas trip. What? You didn’t notice? I’m glad about that. I tend to tell people only if they need to know. I used to write a lot of articles and schedule them so that I could have a real holiday without worrying about my blog. […]

Musketeer Space – Tansy Rayner Roberts

Buckle your swashes! First revealed on Roberts’ Patreon, I bought this ebook using Kickstarter some time later. There are perks for giving people money using Patreon. I’m not sure what I was thinking as there were several books in the mix and my To Be Read Pile was totally out of control. But, it seems […]

Blood Money – Dashiell Hammett

First published in 1927 and recommended to me by one of my classmates at uni, Dashiell Hammett is an icon in hard boiled detective novels. When you read his books you get a really good idea of how people must have spoken in those days and places. I won’t say I thoroughly enjoyed this book […]

With a Twist of a Nib – Karen Carlisle

I have this book for ‘free’ as I am a Patron of Karen Carlisle on Patreon. I love this website. It gives me the opportunity to support a local artist and have the money go directly to them. There are varying levels including the very basic costing $US1 per month up to the incredibly exclusive […]

Cracklescape – Margo Lanagan

Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan, Alisa Krasnostein, Jane Yolen Published by Twelfth Planet Press on 2012 Pages: 105 Goodreads A presence haunts an old dresser in an inner-city share house. Shining sun-people lure children from their carefree beachside lives. Sheela-na-gigs colonise a middle-aged man’s outer and inner worlds. And a girl with a heavy conscience seeks […]

Writing Gloves

I have been offered all sorts of things as freebies if only I write about them on my blog. I’m really careful about what I accept as it has to make sense within the general theme of the blog. I jumped when the email came through to receive a pair of free gloves and write […]

Potential attacks on my blog

This is an article I wrote some weeks ago. I’ve no idea why it didn’t publish. It was set to publish on the 20th May 2019 and didn’t publish. I feel it’s important enough to publish now. To answer my thought in the last paragraph, yes it has reduced…a lot. There are hazards to everything. […]

Oz Comic-Con and Continuum 2019

With my last assignment for my degree due to be submitted at the end of May I started putting a little thought into what I’d do to celebrate. Getting a degree is a big achievement for anyone and I’m no different to anyone else. I wanted to celebrate. With the Convention finished and the end […]