This weekend is the Labour Day long weekend in several states of Australia and in the Australian Capital Territory. This means that, for me, it’s the weekend of the Conflux science fiction weekend. It’s also a big weekend for tourists … Continue reading
Last week I talked about our electoral system. Because there were five Mondays in April, that was an extra post. Ironically, that post makes this one look like the additional one, but it’s regular. Perfectly regular. (And all puns are … Continue reading
This morning was not the best to redeem a writing promise. It was 3 degrees. Fully autumnal and fully chill. It froze my brain. I forgot what I intended to buy and forgot to take pictures of my local market … Continue reading
When we set a novel in New York, London or Sydney, most readers have a picture in their mind, even if they’ve not been to the city. New York, Paris, London and Sydney are so important to global culture that … Continue reading
Ghosts trail after us. They are our fears and the shape of our hates. We bring them into our lives and into our homes.
Some years our fears and hates are so strong our ghosts turn tangible and fracture our landscape.
Poltergeists and the spirits of drowned girls; malicious presences and portents; cat vampires and roaming bushrangers.
These ghosts haunt Canberra.Continue reading
My typical Christmas Day is a writing day. When I get tired of writing, I watch DVDs, for I can’t face Christmas advertisements. This is one of the many effects of being Jewish in Australia. This year, however, some friends … Continue reading
Life is never quite what it seems, even without the lost family heritage delivered to Judith and Belinda in boxes.Continue reading