I’ve got a bit of a brand problem. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in all sorts of things. I began my academic career with music, physics and cosmology, interests I’ve kept up without relent. I have degree qualifications in anthropology and still pursue my life-long interest in human evolutionary paths. … More Writing and branding – a practical lesson in extreme interests
Elvis popped in to visit the other day. I hadn’t seen him for a while, mainly because he spends most of his time on Mars disguised as a walrus, apparently to avoid having to pay his annual Elvis Impersonators Anonymous sub. He had a burger from the slider joint down the road and took a … More In which Elvis and I ruminate on the year from hell
US author Chuck Wendig pointed out the other day that virtually all the ‘writing advice’ these days is about getting started. There’s nothing much offered for what he calls ‘mid career’ writers, in particular about what direction they want their career to take. I have to agree with that. Although I don’t like the term, … More Musings on the directions of mid-career writers
It’s an interesting year for me. Like last year, I’m busy working with publishers to reissue more of the highlights from my back list. I’m also looking to sell some future titles with other publishers. And I have a few projects on the go. The thing is, they’re all on wildly different things. Back in … More A bit of a branding issue
Happy new year everybody! It’s taken me until 2 January to write a New Years’ post. I am trying to take a holiday. I need one. Last year consisted of a succession of hammer blows for myself and family, coalescing to make one of the worst years since 1984. As for 2016? The unknown stretches out … More Here’s to 2016!
WordPress did something horrible to my blog on Monday. My header and background suddenly vanished and nothing I did could restore it. I did some checking and discovered I wasn’t alone – most of the WordPress community had been hit by it. Apparently it was a botched attempt by WordPress to adjust the menu system. … More Nice blog. Pity if anything, you know, ‘happened’ to it…
This week Auckland writer Bev Robitai tagged me to join in the ‘Lovely Blog Hop’ – a round-robin of general all-round fun in which authors outline seven things that got them writing. My story starts in 1970, when I was 8. Lots and lots and lots and lots of books. As a kid, I was surrounded … More Oh, what a lovely blog hop!