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So You’re Writing the Apocalypse (During An Apocalypse)

March 19, 2020

Well, this year sure escalated quickly. A long, long time ago in November 2014 (I feel like I’ve aged a million years since 2014), I took a third crack at writing an original book-length story for Nanowrimo. It didn’t get far, because my completion record for Nanowrimo tends to be quite hit and miss at …

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Book Kickstarters And Other Stories

February 29, 2020

I have a new book out this year with Neon Hemlock! It’s a post-apocalypse mutagenic city survival-horror adventure, a Fallout Weird Western. Writing it was a lot of fun โ€“ this is one of my favourite genres โ€“ and the publishing process so far has been a blast. I’ve got a couple of Twitter panels …

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The Apocalypse and Other Stories

February 5, 2020

That was the view from my window one morning earlier in January, in Melbourne, Australia. Air levels overnight were the most hazardous in the world. The air’s improved in the city for now, but some outer areas are still registering poor air quality, and despite the abrupt drop in news coverage โ€“ even local news …

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The Rise of Skywalker and Other Stories

December 31, 2019

I’m still fighting off the remnants of a cold and a bad allergic reaction, so this might be more of a rambling post than usual. Yes, I have watched the star war, and yeah, that was a bit of a mess, wasn’t it? I confess, my main interest in the latest Star Wars films can …

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Short Story: Garuda

December 31, 2019

Garuda is a short story I wrote that’s been published in Volume 6 of Curiosities, under their World War II edition. It’s inspired by my uncle’s memoir, which he wrote prior to his 80th birthday as a record of our family’s roots and how they survived WWII and the Japanese Occupation. His book is not …

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Short Story: Everyone Knows

December 10, 2019

Everyone Knows was published by OMBak Magazine, a new Southeast Asian SF&F publication. You can read it in Issue Two of the magazine here [x]. It’s about ghosts, high performing schools in Singapore, and the way life narrows down when you’re young and growing up in a pressure cooker. People from my secondary school might …

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Death Stranding and Other Stories

December 3, 2019

Death Stranding ate my November. It ate my 2019 Nanowrimo attempt for breakfast, my short story deadlines for lunch, and my sleep cycle for dinner. It is a frustrating, gorgeous, brilliant, extremely pretentious showcase for one man’s ego and his many famous friends, and yet it’s probably the most interesting game I’ve played this year. …

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Hans Zimmer and Other Stories

October 31, 2019

I’ve lived in Melbourne for over a decade, and I’m still surprised at how much this tiny city can get up to. I didn’t even get around to checking out the Melbourne International Arts Festival, or the various Film Festivals that were running through the month. One of the highlights of the month this year …

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Short Story: The Chopsticks Wizard

October 2, 2019

The Chopsticks Wizard is a short story I wrote that’s been published by Kaleidotrope in October, featuring magic, qilin, and environmental change. You can read it here [x], and I hope you like it. Climate change has been an increasing feature in my work recently, particularly since wildfire season, droughts, and damaging winds have been …

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Joy-Con Surgery and Other Stories

October 1, 2019

September always seems to be a busy month for Melbourne, with the Affordable Art Fair, Madfest, and the Writer’s Festival, among others. Not to mention our weird holiday for Australian rules football (the AFL). Yes, we have a holiday in Victoria for a football grand final. No, I don’t watch sportsball, though my cats and …

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