Puking on the Page

SOMETIME’S THERE’S NOTHING quite like a good ol’ puke.

Usually, that feeling creeps up on me when I have a throbbing hangover. The urgent need for a release to purge my insides of the toxic booze from the night before.

Thankfully, those days are few and far between. When it does happen though, it feels like the best remedy to batter through a block. Some blocks, however, are harder to remove than others. Read more

Deflecting/Accepting Criticism

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY TIMES since the publication of my first book, fifteen months ago, that I’ve received feedback about my stories.

That has ranged from the almost orgasmic (“wonderful, evocative writing that haunted me upon finishing it.“) to the downright disgusted (“blasphemy…offensive to God.“). Read more

The Struggle is the Juggle

THERE WAS A TIME not that long ago where I would wake up between 9 and 10 in the morning, grab my laptop and make the short walk in the blistering heat to the nearby mall.

Passing the smoothie bar to get my daily limonada de coco, I’d arrive at the coffee shop, park myself down in the corner directly under the cool fan and sit in that one spot for many hours until hunger drummed on my belly and said, “Um…buddy?Read more

A Gluttonous Feast of Free Books

As a relative newcomer to Instafreebie, I recently stumbled upon a facebook group where genre-specific authors batched their books together to run promotions.

Sounded like such a good idea that I decided to join the Science Fiction and Fantasy campaign, organised by Dean F. Wilson which is running from the 14th-20th of November. Read more

Judging a book by its cover

BOOK NERD THAT I AM, I often overlooked the dusty old covers of the titles stuffing up our attic.

Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Dickens… classic authors whose books deserved better than a surface level skim or cursory glance. Timeless tomes that had survived not only the passage of time, but the mould and decay of our small attic space. Read more