Kismet and optimism

I screwed this piece of paper up.  Then I unscrewed it because it was such a colourful piece of story editing, and though I didn't know it at the time, successful. From scribble and screwed up to looking lovely in print.   This story, Turning the Corner was published in Unsettling Wonder late last year.  I wrote this story … Continue reading Kismet and optimism

Keeping the Faith – Writing Life

Today is a good day. I found out Cassandra is on the shortlist for the Best Fantasy Novel in the Aurealis Awards.  This is a big deal for me. Equal in excitement to the first time I was published and when Odysessy Books agreed to publish Cassandra. I will celebrate this moderate success because it … Continue reading Keeping the Faith – Writing Life

Another Introverted Writer

I know, I have changed the name of my blog. It’s Random, Fickle and Annoying. I’m sorry. I’ve written before about how I struggle with the idea of ‘branding’ because I am not a cow. I had a blog in the blogspot days “Katwrites” I didn’t think too hard about it. I just ranted about … Continue reading Another Introverted Writer

Fossicking at Bryon Writers Festival

Why go to writers festivals? Because you love books and ideas. Now I have returned from the Bryon Writers Festival, I want to sift through the stories and make a record of the gems. There were lots of shining gems. But all I have is this mixed together mash-up. Nikki Gemmel describing the tender police … Continue reading Fossicking at Bryon Writers Festival

Writing routines and celebrating baristas

Last weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating my writing achievements with my favourite barista. When I was writing Cassandra I had a slightly OCD writing routine (only 2 days a week sadly) that went like this: 7.40am drop kids in town to meet school bus Visit Denise at Cafe Kiks and get a coffee … Continue reading Writing routines and celebrating baristas

Selling Books for Introverts

When I was 19 I had a job selling cleaning products door to door. The product was called Dussall (or was it Duzzall?) because it does all. I hated it. I travelled as far west as Mt Isa and as far north as Emerald living in motels and turning up cold turkey and saying 'have … Continue reading Selling Books for Introverts