Author Archives: Karen

Bad writing

Deleted scenes We’re searching old manuscripts for deleted scenes for our July newsletter. Some of these scenes we liked, but we deleted because they didn’t fit the story any more.  Others were deleted simply because they were just bad. When you’re writing early drafts you allow your writing to be bad.  That’s what editing is…

What we’ve been doing

Continuum 15 I spent the week before last off work sick. I recovered just in time for our local speculative fiction convention here in Melbourne, Continuum. It was good, and I was over the bug, but everything passed in a haze. I was so exhausted post-bug, post-convention that I couldn’t even get the energy to…

Slave driver

We found this rather addictive app on the iPad called Merge Dragons.  It’s a game that allows you do exactly what it says.  Merge dragons. They have occasional weekend special games, where you get nice prizes if you go on and do the special event. The trick is to collect enough points to collect all…

One Saturday in May

Saturday was election day in Australia. I have to admit to being disappointed with the result. Not just because I was hoping for a government that would take climate change more seriously, but mostly because the winning party indulged in a scare campaign that worked. All they seemed to do was tell you how much…

Beat the bots

Easter Monday and the Anzac day holiday were in the same week this year, which meant that if you took three days’ leave, then you ended up with an unbroken stretch of ten straight days of holiday. Naturally, I took it. We both did. Which is fine, except Monday, Wednesday and Fridays turned into a…

Bad writing habits

I’m making changes to Stars Beyond, based on our editor’s feedback.  A few changes to the first chapter. Well, let’s be honest, more than a few. (It’s okay, not a total rewrite, we did leave some words the same at the end of the chapter.) Sherylyn is following along behind, unmaking half of them. “But…