Something something something festive

Obligatory festive season post coming up, just as mask mandates are reintroduced in Western Australia. I could say “Merry Christmas” but obviously not everyone celebrates it, myself included. (I don’t care if you say Merry Christmas to me though. Neither does any other non-Christmas celebrator I’ve ever met.) “Happy Holidays” is a nice catch-all, butContinue reading “Something something something festive”

Closure and exposure

My debut novel is coming out… really bloody soon and I’m getting pretty nervous. Not in a bad way, but nervous nonetheless. As the release date draws nearer, a question that’s come up a few times is whether or not Black and Blue is autobiographical. And the answer to that is: yes and no. IContinue reading “Closure and exposure”

The comfort zone is so comfortable

I don’t watch that much TV but one show I’m really digging at the moment is Star Trek: Lower Decks. In an episode entitled “Where Pleasant Fountains Lie”, there’s a scene in which Rutherford is nervous about an assignment on an alien ship, away from his familiar surroundings. “You need to get outside your comfortContinue reading “The comfort zone is so comfortable”

All my systems are nervous

Today was a funny old day. It started out like a pretty normal Friday in WA. I grabbed a coffee from my favourite cafe on my way into work. Recent talk of COVID-19 spreading through the ventilation in hotels was sort of in the back of my mind. But mostly I was thinking about whatContinue reading “All my systems are nervous”

Keeping well and breathing

It’s the 21st of December, which means it’s time to play the greatest Australian Christmas song of all time — “How to Make Gravy” by Paul Kelly. The classic tale of a man who finds himself in prison over the holidays while his family gets together without him and makes gravy incorrectly, probably. It’s alsoContinue reading “Keeping well and breathing”