Neanderthal cave talk on any day in the Dordogne, 46,000 years ago

La Ferassie cave, 46,000 years before the present. About lunch time. Krogg: [using foot to push bellows fanning the camp-fire] Krogg see funny thin people with big foreheads yesterday. Thog: Thog see them too. Krogg: Krogg think they not human. Face too small. Weak. We better. Thog: Hargh hargh hargh. Stupid funny people. Grorg: Grorg… More Neanderthal cave talk on any day in the Dordogne, 46,000 years ago

And here we go with another zombie Christmas shopping frenzy

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

Pondering the mysteries of essential writing fuel – coffee

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

Historical headlines in the style of internet click-bait…

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…

Fun, sun and the usual Spinal Tap hilarity on the other side of the ditch

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

Essential writing skills: penning things “in the style of”

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”