Sunday, January 31, 2010


A short piece I recently wrote now up at Velvetpark on why I hate the term "lesbian fiction".

Thursday, January 28, 2010


"There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel good, and the means—that’s just another way of making a decision. And decisions are a time a dozen. They come and go and no-one cares."

Saturday, January 23, 2010


“…that’s when it hits you – it’s exactly days like these, with nothing special about them, that you end up wondering how your life had turned out this way when all you ever wanted to do was the right thing.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

“Then there are days that seem to just appear… They have the slow, unassuming arrival of your best friend or mother’s birthday, unchallenged in their surprise appearance.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What Type(face) Are You?

Apparently, I am 'Marina Script', above.

Step into Pentagram's psychoanalyst's office, and let him diagnose your type. 'Researched over seven years with a team of 23 academics across Eastern Europe, ‘What Type Are You’ asks the four key character questions of our day, analyses your responses in exceptional detail and recommends one of 16 typefaces as a result.

Password is "character" (As stated on the Pentagram site HERE)

Marina Script - Well it sure is pretty!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

English Literature Honours Papers

Apart from the research paper I'm doing I have three other papers this year included in my Honours year. They are listed below, including the set texts. I'm pretty excited about all of them but would be lying if I said I wasn't positively drooling about the Literature and Technology paper.


· Italo Calvino, If On A Winter's Night A Traveller
· Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation
· Philip K Dick, Simulacra
· Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Dream Country, Vol 3
· Russell Hoban, Angelica’s Grotto
· Pat Cadigan, Tea From An Empty Cup
· Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age
· William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine


· Thomas Hughes’ Tom Brown’s Schooldays,
· Rudyard Kipling’s Kim,
· Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island,
· J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
· H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines,
· L.T. Meade’s A Sweet Girl Graduate,
· Amy Levy’s The Romance of a Shop,
· Jessy Vaizey’s Tom and Some Other Girls,
· Olive Schreiner’s The Story of An African Farm.

In addition to these texts, students will also be required to read a number of magazines for
adolescents such as Boys’ and Girls’ Own Paper at the Dorothy Neale White collection in the
National Library.


· William Wordsworth: The Major Works, ed. Stephen Gill
· William Wordsworth, The Prelude: 1799, 1805, 1850,
· Coleridge’s Poetry and Prose,
Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Ten Silly Questions Interview

Writer Rick Reed recently asked me ten silly questions and I replied in kind. You can read the interview on Rick's blog.

Sir Julius Vogel Award Goodies

Here's a little lovely. These were waiting for me in the mail when I got back from Auckland. Pity the scans do not reflect the pretty gold shimmer they have on them :}

Christmas Recap - 2009

It's been a while! But there's good reason for that—for the first time in about five years I took some decent time off over the Christmas period and actually RELAXED. No writing, no work, no studying. Just cocktails on the deck, warm summer nights, good food and Cranium with the in-laws. Jen and I drove up to Auckland just before Christmas with a stopover midway in New Plymouth to see Fleetwood Mac – their last show on a 83-date world tour. What an incredible night! A set that lasted two and a half hours, followed by three encores. Magic. Absoloute magic.

Had lunch yesterday with my research paper supervisor and advisor which went swimmingly. It's nice to be able to indulge your excitement about a book that way without someone looking at you like you've lost touch with the REAL WORLD. So yes – studying starts full on again as of today. The first section of the paper is due end of this month so I better get my R into G.

Writing—looking forward to getting back into that too. It's been too long and I have stories to finish.