Category Archives: Writing process

Two views of the same city

Bourke Street, 4pm. East side The few completed buildings were tucked in amongst the rubble of the rest.  Flat, uniform, narrow grey shopfronts. Featureless and anonymous, and almost as drab as the building sites. Melbourne was a building site.  Black-painted or raw pine veneer hoardings took up half the footpaths, with huge industrial scaffolds crowding…

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…