I’ve joined Peter M. Ball’s Sunday Circle to help keep my writing on track. Follow along here or join in the fun over at Peter’s blog, Man Versus Bear.

What am I working on this week?

The first draft of my work-in-progress, Rise of the Rat Generation, has taken an interesting turn this week. I’m not sure that I, or the character, are happy with the change because it’s a difficult one for her both physically and emotionally. At the same time, I know it’s necessary for her development, and once she’s over the shock of it, she’ll be stronger, wiser and more independent. Also this week I finished my re-write of Never the Tracked and submitted it to an anthology; and submitted one of my favourite but so-far unpublished short stories, a  time-travel super-hero piece called Deadly Duo Take it Back.

What’s inspiring me this week?


Installation by Shoppy at GOMA.


I took a bit of time out from writing on Friday to visit GOMA and the Queensland Art Gallery. GOMA is currently a hive of activity in preparation for their 10th birthday celebrations so most of the gallery was closed  off. But I adored the whimsical worlds created by Pip & Pop’s Rainbow Bridge dioramas, and the offbeat artificial hair installation by New York-based Icelandic artist, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir AKA Shoppy. The profusion of thick, multi-coloured hair “growing” from the walls is amazing; it’s a visually enchanting and tactile piece that’s an instant mood-lifter. Over at Queensland Art Gallery, the No. 1 Neighbour exhibition of art from Papua New Guinea is also excellent. We’re so lucky in Brisbane to have access to these wonderful galleries for free.

What part of my project am I avoiding?

No avoidance from me. Just getting stuck into the writing and enjoying the ride.

Image of Shoppy installation from my personal image collection is available  for re-use under Creative Commons license