Posts in Publishing
WRITING FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE

(or, how to start publishing your book)

Recently, following a writers' talk at the Lake Macquarie Fellowship of Australian Writers, I received an email from one of the attendees asking me how long I should expect a book will take to write and publish.

My first thought is "how long is a piece of string?" It's a valid question though and one I'd like to address right here, on this blog, to spark thought and discourse with any other aspiring or practicing writers.

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SKYFALL MOVIE REVIEW: GLAMOUR, HUMOR AND CHARM

If, like me, you’re an Ian Fleming fan first and a Bond movie fan second, mark my words: you will love SKYFALL. If however, you prefer the vodka martinis, the cheesy one-liners, or the gadgets and gimmicks of earlier Bond films – the exploding pens, invisible cars and so on– don’t despair. The essential ingredients of the 007 franchise – glamour, humour, charm - are still front and centre in the long-awaited 50th anniversary 23rd film directed by Sam Mendes, but they’re present in a way that is much more a reflection of our times and tastes. The requirement to suspend your disbelief still holds strong and there’s just enough of the old tricks & gadgets to remind you of the rich history behind any Bond film. Besides, I’d be a hypocrite if I decried any story that presents  such a perfect balance of gritty realism with a liberal dose of escapism!

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BEST OF DEFENDER: MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS

If you're new to the world of Intrepid - firstly, welcome, and here's some highlights to catch  you up on what's been happening. And if you're an old-school Defender, it's more of a trip down memory lane.

It's been a couple of years now I've been blogging, irregularly as all hell, I must admit. There have been a handful of standout posts over that time that people flocked to, commented on, re-posted, re-tweeted, had conversations about, and even created their own spin-off blogs for.

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT A BOOK COVER PHOTO SHOOT

There are times in life when being plonked in front of a camera lens for a series of high definition photos is about as appealing as a night parachute jump when the door opens and a blizzard blows inside the aircraft. 

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THE PROCESS TO RELEASE DEFENDER
It's a busy time in the writing mancave, after a short hiatus up to Northern NSW to visit my brothers. Handing in the first draft of Defender 2, it was no surprise that I needed a break. So driving 1500 kms to Lismore and back gave a real opportunity to zone out. Read More
THE PLACE WHERE CREATIVITY MEETS PRODUCTIVITY

Recently I shared a photo on my Facebook Author page showing Ian Fleming's writing desk. We all have different needs to spark creativity. Fleming had a pretty bare space to work at - a desk with typewriter, manuscript, a couple of photos and a wall - but the stories were all inside his head.

(Of course, the Carribean was just outside his window.)

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