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Let Me Lead You Into Darkness

June 15, 2012 by


So someone asked me yesterday why I didn’t just find a way to take out the inconvenient minion without killing him. It’s interesting, because there are a number of places where I’ve done exactly that. And I thought about doing it here too. After all, in the original draft of this section no one died […]

Less Action HERO, More Action Hello-Did-I-Set-That-On-Fire?

January 10, 2012 by


When I started writing Wizards I spent some time trying to figure out what sort of genre it fit into. I mean, okay, it’s science fiction, borderline fantasy but I needed to know more specifically than that. Because — wizards, okay? But we’re not talking epic fantasy wizards. There’s no great quest or universal do-what […]

This Makes it Sound Like I Knew What I Was Doing All Along

November 17, 2011 by


The more astute amongst you may have noticed that so far I’ve told you about a short story I wrote, and a TV series I wrote, but not so much about the pentalogy of books I’m writing. They were born in my doctorate. See, the way a creative arts doctorate works at Curtin is that […]

Trying to Commit Art

September 12, 2011 by


Footnote There was a period of time where every author I considered analysing as part of my doctorate promptly dropped dead. From an academic point of view that’s sort of useful because all of a sudden you’re dealing with a closed body of work, but from a, you know, human point of view it was […]

Everyone is a Villain Until Proven Otherwise

September 5, 2011 by


I had a number of responses to my call for petty villains on Friday but nobody specifically prepared to let me kill them out of hand. Which I have to say strikes me as a lack of commitment on their part. Arkem: While I might be a villain, I would not consider myself petty and […]

Wanted: One (or More) Petty Villains, Willing to be Killed Out of Hand while Remaining Stoically Silent About Their Tragic Past

September 2, 2011 by


“So who’s the bad guy?” “I can’t tell you.” “Why not?” “I haven’t written it yet.” I realised a few days ago that Wizards is missing a villain. I mean, I have a large epic-style villain for the universe type thing — you know, I know what the overall struggle should be. But I need […]