Fiona McIntosh Writer’s Masterclass – the 2019 inaugural national conference

Have you ever wondered just what goes on at a writer’s conference? I spent last weekend learning about the ins and outs of commercial fiction publishing, with bestselling author Fiona McIntosh and an impressive panel of industry heavyweights who’d come along to share their wisdom with 120 bright-eyed writers just like me, at Fiona’s inaugural national conference: ‘NatCON’. Read more

Writing update – short story acceptance

Demon daughter. Strange blood. Fixer. Debts force Leeta Blaid home to the Aridlands, where she must face the legacy of the terrifying gift she’d tried to leave hidden in her sunburnt past.

I’m thrilled to share the news that one of my short stories, The Fury, has been accepted for ‘Journeys’, an upcoming Aussie Speculative Fiction anthology due for release in November 2019.

ASF announcement

What do you get when you mix a lion, a fish and some venom?

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Common Lionfish, Pterois volitans

What do you get when you mix a lion, a fish and some venom? The Common Lionfish (Pterois volitans), of course.

This spectacular tropical species is found widely throughout the Indo-Pacific. It’s definitely a look don’t touch sort of fish – the 16 spines on its dorsal, pelvic and anal fins are venomous.

I snapped this particular fish on display at the Kula Wild Adventure Park in Fiji, along with the rest of their live coral display.