My home town of Napier, New Zealand, has a new beach-front feature. A drain. Over which the city council has built what looks like a pier for quiet promenading. Except it doesn’t reach the sea. As I understand it, the decision was one of those opportunity things – you know, ‘we’ve got a new drain pipe,… More A challenge – why was this pier cut short?
It’s Christmas again, and that means another zombie shopping frenzy at the local mall. It’s the same every year (just like my posts whinging about them). As far as I am concerned even at the best of times malls are vampires that suck money and will-to-live. Shopping in the mall for me consists of hurtling into… More And here we go with another zombie Christmas shopping frenzy
I’ve long held that coffee is an essential writing fuel. Of course, it’s not what it used to be. Luckily. When I was a kid in 1970s New Zealand, ‘bought coffee’ came in pyrex containers that had been left on the edge of restaurant buffet tables to stew through the day and turn into a kind… More Pondering the mysteries of essential writing fuel – coffee
I hate internet click-bait – you know, those annoying two-phrase teaser tags that tell you how you’ll respond to some open-ended assertion. What if headlines had always been written that way? Like these: You won’t believe what Neil Armstrong said on the Moon! This common domestic product will destroy movies – find out what studio execs… More Historical headlines in the style of internet click-bait…
It’s time for a weekend get-away, and She Who Must Be Obeyed and I decide the other side of the Tasman is, once again, the place to be. Sydney is one of our favourite get-away destinations, cheaper to reach than parts of New Zealand and alive with a vibrancy that underscores its place as one of the… More Fun, sun and the usual Spinal Tap hilarity on the other side of the ditch
One of the biggest challenges any author has to meet is mastering the mechanics of actually writing. Only once that has been nailed is it possible to tackle the other challenges of content. A lot of aspiring authors, I think, try to handle the whole lot at once, and it’s difficult. But there’s a quick… More Essential writing skills: penning things “in the style of”
According to reports I’ve read, a US congressional candidate recently alleged that his opponent, the incumbent Congressman, had been killed and replaced with an artificial body double. Look-alike artificial doubles? Secret assassinations in the Ukraine? Cool! I always knew US politics were more interesting than New Zealand’s. So – what’s happening? I have several hypotheses: (a) The allegation is literally true… More Is your elected representative a robot body double?