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After Ilium by Stephen Swartz – A Review

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Feb 152017
 
After Ilium by Stephen Swartz – A Review

Professor Swartz is a prolific writer. He has published 8 books of fiction since 2012.  “After Ilium” is his first published work, which has made big impression on me.  It was humorous and romantic.  It was well written and he […]

“Girls Can’t Be Knights” by Lee French – A Review

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Feb 082017
 
"Girls Can't Be Knights" by Lee French - A Review

       This is a very different sort of YA story, dealing with a young girl (Claire) who has been orphaned and finds herself in the foster care system.  Trouble seems to find Claire at every turn, until she […]

That Tricky ‘Second Album’

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Feb 012017
 
That Tricky 'Second Album'

It’s one of those givens for ‘bright new thing’ bands that after stunning debut albums, the second album never quite lives up to expectations. I’m sure everyone will throw out their exceptions, but for me The Killers, The Stone Roses, […]

#GraceUnderFire: Mary Shelley

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Jan 282017
 
#GraceUnderFire: Mary Shelley

The commonly publicized stories of famous men and women are generally focused on their great victories and glorious successes, and rarely touch for long on the less-than-glorious moments in their careers. And, while I am always inspired by great successes, I am far […]

Cover Reveal For ‘Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar’ And A Quick Word About PaintNET

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Jan 182017
 
Cover Reveal For 'Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha And Ragnar' And A Quick Word About PaintNET

Now that Christmas and New Year’s has come and gone and the school holidays are nearly over here in Australia, it is time to get serious about edits for my upcoming book, Vikings: The Truth About Lagertha and Ragnar. But, […]

Andrew: Faith and Down Syndrome

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Nov 232016
 
Andrew: Faith and Down Syndrome

When we attend Mass on Sunday, sometimes we’re lucky enough to see Andrew*. More than any hymn or homily, Andrew’s joy in his faith is an inspiration. He throws his entire being into worship. When the little church band plays, […]

What is Beta Reading?

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Nov 092016
 
What is Beta Reading?

Beta reading has become a part-time vocation for me. Over the past two years, I’ve beta read a dozen full-length novels—I’m working on the baker’s dozen as I write this. Also, I’ve proofread a few books and provided feedback for […]

National Novel Writing Month

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Oct 202016
 
National Novel Writing Month

Every November I participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Around our house it is also referred to as “National Pot Pie Month,” an homage to my culinary efforts during November. For the last five years I have been a Municipal Liaison for […]

Delving Into History To Discover The Truth Behind The Vikings Lagertha And Ragnar

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Sep 142016
 
Delving Into History To Discover The Truth Behind The Vikings Lagertha And Ragnar

I know my last blog post was on research when writing. But, here I am again, writing another post on the virtues of research. Actually, to be honest, this one is more about my latest book series, The Truth Behind. […]

Sep 132016
 
The Story So Far

Having recently completed my own writing challenge, namely finishing a series of fantasy books that I set about commencing six years ago, I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect upon the journey. Before you worry that this’ll turn into a mawkish […]