When I was a teenager in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, I had some dealings – via friends of the family – with people who followed Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (1860-1925). The Austrian cult leader was long dead by the 1970s, but his pseudo-religious dogma – ‘anthroposophy‘ – outlasted him. I never understood why; his stuff was a heavy-handed mashup of nineteenth century mitteleuropäische Christianity… More Is Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy a sign that humanity’s already hit peak stupid?
Last year my sci-fi novella ‘Missionary’ was published in Endless Worlds Vol 1, part of an anthology of seven sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories. That Kindle-only issue was a pre-release ahead of the full publication, and it fielded some great reviews: “Endless possibilities. Dark natures and some dark solutions. Endless worlds gripped me from the… More Hot news about the full release of ‘Endless Worlds’
I have a shelf of my own books in my house, and it always intrigues me to see how the presentation styles have changed over the last 25 years or so. There have been a big shifts even in the last ten years. And the stuff my publishers of the day were doing in the… More Lamenting the loss of design and style in e-books
There are over a million individual words in English. Most of them are quite obscure and deserve better attention than they get. This week’s is surficial. This means something relating to the Earth’s surface, and is a geological term of nineteenth century origin. Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this… More The obscure word of the week is surficial
I was stopped in the street a little while ago by someone who said he’d recognised me from the TV documentary series I appeared in a few years ago. I presume from the re-run just finished. It turned out he’d bought some of my books and was quite a fan. He liked the idea of… More Why, as a writer, I am wary of strangers bearing smiles
This week’s short story challenge is a photo I took of crowds at the 2016 art deco festival in Napier, New Zealand. Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog,… More This week’s short story challenge
It’s Anzac day today – the day New Zealand and Australia remember the dead of all their wars. In a way it’s timing is odd. Many nations, certainly Britain and around her former Empire, mark the moment on 11 November, the day in 1918 when the guns finally fell silent on the First World War.… More It’s a century since the first Anzac Day services