A lesson in publishing gone totally wrong. Read and consider yourselves warned!

You all know I’ve been ranting about my first ever publication coming out for the last little while… “She makes me smile” was picked up by Undead Press (Anthony Giangregorio) to be published in their anthology called Cavalcade of Terror and the book was released May 1st 2012.

I waited… and waited… I was SO excited to see my story and name in print.

One of my friends even went as far as to pay 40$ to Expresspost me a copy of Cavalcade, I waited around two days for the delivery. (Apparently I’m dealing with a buzzer issue here at the house.)

It finally came in and believe me, I didn’t waste any time ripping into the package…

FLIP, FLIP, FLIP… Find the Table of Contents.
Scan down…

…and my heart sank.

Wtf? 😦 There’s a spelling mistake in the title of my story. *(Not from my submission however… They…

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I’ve won an award!

ImageMy first blogging award! I am totally thrilled about this and my feeling of elation will be evident in the amount of exclamation points I use in this post!!!!


Thanks so much to the wonderful Sara Zaske for awarding this to me. Please have a look at her new e-book “The First”


Now according to the rules of the award I must reveal 7 things about myself, so without further ado;

1. I am an Australian living in Ghent, Belgium. I came here for love and never left.

2. I’ve travelled to over 20 countries and plan to travel to at least 20 more in my life.

3. My favourite adult book is “Confederacy of the Dunces” by John Kennedy O’Toole,

4. My favourite children’s book is “The Neverending Story” by Michael Ende

5. My favourite food is sushi

6. I can speak Flemish rather fluently

7. At the ripe old age of 30 I still don’t know how to drive a car


Well there we have it, everything you never wanted to know about me.

Now I would like to pass this award on to Stories by Williams! This is a really great blog filled with personal reflections about sci-fi and the blogger’s own writing samples. Check it out!

Sara Zaske

I’ve won something! And it’s green! (which just happens to be my favorite color. ) I have been trying to limber up my blogging brain, so I can feel worthy of accepting this award. I’ve been a wee-bit focused on the recent release of my e-book, The First. (Oh, did I just mention that again?)

First off, I want to thank Madhvi Ramani at An English man in Berlin for nominating me for this award. And I’m thanking her sincerely, not just because the instructions for the award tell me to. Madhvi is one of the best writers I know, and her blog is truly an eclectic mix of observations on literature, art, and life.

Second, as instructed, I will now tell you seven things about myself. I will do my best to be random and amusing:

1. Usually when I try to be random and amusing, I…

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Hi friends!

Today I’m going to talk to you about genre. Firstly, what the heck is genre? well it literally means a type or kind. In the literary sense it means type or kind of literary subject e.g mystery, romance, horror etc. These are all genres.

If you’re going to start writing you have to have a sense of specific generic conventions within the genre. So in the genre of mystery there has to be a….mystery! To be even more specific readers expect some sort of crime or crimes to be solved by a sleuth or amateur sleuth. They expect clues and red herrings to keep them guessing.Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep” is a great example of the hard-boiled detective genre.

Genre allows readers to interpret books. When you delve into a genre you also set up expectations with your reader. If you choose to violate the codes of your chosen genre the reader will become very uncomfortable. But this can be effective! You can also choose to do a parody of a genre. If you write a parody of a genre it is meant to be a critique of that genre. 

The best way to find out about a genre is to read in that genre. Read until your eyes fall out! Reading is absolutely essential to a writer  as training is essential to an athlete. It’s how you learn as a writer from other writers. Read as a writer. make notes about how the author tells their tale.

Some genres are considered low-brow others are considered high-brow.

Keep in mind that genre fiction (anything written within a genre) is considered to be popular low-brow writing. This is where the big money is in writing. Think of Dan Brown’s wildly succesful “The Da Vinci Code”.

Literary Fiction – high-brow fiction. It is free from conventions and is therefore a genre-less genre! what counts here is artistic quality, it is most usually realist fiction (based in reality, not fantasy)

If you’re really stuck for ideas for your next story have a look through your old high school history books, re-read your childhood fairy tales, breeze through the classics. Waiting in there are a stack of ideas and ready made stories waiting to be re-told. A.N. Roquelare (Anne Rice) re-tells the story of sleeping beauty wonderfully in “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty” A re-writing of a story is mostly meant to make a point about that story and its interpretation in our society. The best re-tellings make a point about what traditional society meant. a good example is Angela Carter’s short story collection “The Bloody Chamber”