Friday, October 16, 2020

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS

 

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS

my first ever selfie....

I have sent off the manuscript of my so-far-unpublished novel to my London publisher. It will be some time before I have an answer, and as I have no current contract with them for a new work, I may eventually have to offer it elsewhere. But it feels great to have written 150,000 word novel at my age, and be reasonably happy with it.

Titled at the moment (and these things frequently change)

 "The Fugitive Queen"


Monday, July 27, 2020

CoNZealand: MY PROGRAMME

Yes, I am attending the World Science Fiction Convention which was to be in Wellington New Zealand, but which has gone online for obvious reasons.

I have 3 items on the programme: 
a Reading, a Panel and a Kaffeklatch.

If you are also attending, 
you will find me at these times for the above events:

Reading:
Event description:  
   I shall be reading the first chapter of my new (as yet unpublished) book, 
   THE FUGITIVE QUEEN
Date: Wednesday, 29 July
Time: 16:30-16:55, Please remember this is the time in NZ.
Place: Reading Room 2 (Programming)
 
Panel:
Event description: 
Nevertheless, She Persisted: 
    The Explosion of the Heroine in the past 50 Years 
    Protaganists in SF and fantasy used to be primary male. Heinlein's juveniles, for example, although featuring a strong female secondary character, had male leads. This began to change in the late 1960s, with books like Rite of Passage, and now non-male protagonists are common. 
    The panel looks at the trend, discusses its implications, and talks about some of their favorites. 
    Catherine Lundoff  (Moderator), Maiya Ibrahim, Lee Murray , Glenda Larke
Date: Thursday, 30 July
Time: 15:00 - 15:50,  Please remember this is the time in NZ.
Place: Programme Room 3 (Webinar)
 
 

Kaffeklatsch:
Event description:
  A video chat with other fans and me (maximum 9 pax -- could be just you if no one else turns up!) Ask me anything you like.
Date: Friday, 31st July
Time: 13:00 - 13:50,  Please remember this is the time in NZ.
Place:  Kaffeklatch and Literary Beer Room (Programming)


 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Walking Away the Writing / Isolation Blues...

We here in Western Australia have avoided the worst of Covid-19 thanks to sensible scientific-based decisions of our politicians and public servants. We spent 3 months isolating ourselves. Once restrictions on local travel were eased, we headed north to Kalbarri, where a morning walk of 7 kms yielded up these photos of the Indian Ocean's most easterly shores along our rugged coast.


And now I shall grapple some more with the final chapters of 
"THE FUGITIVE QUEEN"*, which I am now re-writing, 
as I have never been happy with the conclusion.

As the waves broke, the spray shot up into the air like fountain spray. 
 There's nothing like the ocean to put bring perspective or 
-- in spite of the thundering surf -- 
to bring calm...

*Provisional title

Friday, April 03, 2020

Keep safe...and do lots of reading!



What better way to "get away from it all" 
-- when you can't move out of the house -- 
than to read and escape into an imaginary world?

All my books are available online through any of the usual sources. 

For Australians, I especially recommend

or  

Happy reading -- and keep well!

 



Friday, February 07, 2020

UPDATE ON WORK IN PROGRESS...

THE FUGITIVE QUEEN 
(title may change!)

The initial draft of this novel has been finished at slightly under 150,000 words, so not quite as long as the Stormlord or Forsaken Lands trilogies, but longer than The Isles of Glory books...

I am now waiting to hear back from my numerous wonderful beta readers with their invaluable comments and criticisms, of which there will doubtless be many.

Watch this space for updates....