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Book Bucket Lists

Bucket Lists and Other Stories

October 5, 2022

I originally tried getting published for two (likely) shallow reasons: to make a little extra money to offset my elderly cat Russ’ increasing medical expenses, and in the hopes of someday being able to personally see one of my books on a bookstore shelf. Several years later, while what I do make from publishing short …

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Book Birthdays - Ion Curtain

Book Birthdays and Other Stories

August 15, 2022

We’re nearly one month on from ION CURTAIN’s book birthday! Check out my interview about it over on Clarkesworld, my AMA over on r/Fantasy, and a list of inspirations on SciFiNow. If you’re looking for a fun summer space opera read (or winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere like me), I hope you’d consider …

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ion curtain

Space Operas and Other Stories

July 8, 2022

My space opera, ION CURTAIN, is nearly here! Out on 19th July 2022. Check it out if space operas, intergalactic espionage, and rogue AIs are your thing. The lead up to a book launch is always scary as hell to me, especially once promo starts rolling along and I start second-guessing everything I’ve ever done, …

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New Year

A New Year and Other Stories

January 2, 2022

Happy New Year! Hope everyone reading this had a great holiday season, and best wishes for the year ahead. May it be less hectic than the last two years have been. I feel like 2021 passed in no time at all. Was it really one year ago that there was an insurrection and a weird …

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Higher Order

Higher Order and Other Stories

December 9, 2021

Melbourne is back from its latest lockdown at 90+% vaccination, which means activities have returned – within COVID-safe guidelines. A recent one is Scott Pickett’s Higher Order, an immersive, futuristic dining experience looking at what dining might be like in the (near? far?) future: sustainable, ritualistic, and perhaps, given the portion size, minimal and expensive. …

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Sageuk

Even More Sageuk and Other Stories

November 4, 2021

My 13+ year old cat Russ is a fan of films. He hardly ever will watch an entire movie through – notable exceptions are the Cats film and Hamilton – and I can’t always tell what he likes. He seems to enjoy films with a certain colour grading, like the soft grey and sand of …

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Period Dramas

Period Dramas and Other Stories

October 3, 2021

I don’t have any interest in modern war films. I’ve never watched Saving Private Ryan, or Dunkirk, or most of the World War I / II / Vietnam war etc films. The only ones I’ve enjoyed watching that I can recall offhand are fantasy-esque ones like Captain America and Wonder Woman. Growing up, I’ve never …

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Iki Island

Iki Island and Other Stories

September 7, 2021

Damn, I’ve missed this game. Still one of the most cinematic, visually beautiful games I’ve ever played – Ghost of Tsushima’s Iki Island expansion came out in August. Finished it over the weekend. It was, sadly (or not?) pretty much a five hour exploration of (even more) of Sakai Jin’s deep-seated daddy issues. Dad Sakai …

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The Swordsman

The Swordsman and Other Stories

August 2, 2021

As I write this, Melbourne has emerged from a 2 week snap lockdown: we’re thankfully back to 2 daily cases a day or so. Shows that decisive responses work, despite the snafu during the lockdown from the anti-vaxxer protests and the continued terrible national vaccination rollout. Hopefully that’ll ramp up soon. Melbourne was back to …

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Mr Queen

Mr Queen and Other Stories

July 8, 2021

Lockdown has eased up in Melbourne, and I’m likely going to get vaccinated next week if all goes well. May everyone who’s able to get vaccinated be able to get around to it soon, and as to everyone else, I hope things work out in your favour soon. In Australia, Pfizer is still only available …

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