The Land of Nod

The night before last the Wonder Dog kept interrupting my sleep by throwing up. He’d let me sleep for about an hour and then away we’d go again. Not sure what set him off but I’m guessing he either found a rotting bird or mouse carcass out in the...

Orwell, the prophet.

I heard something on the news the other day that immediately made me think of George Orwell, the author of 1984, and Animal Farm etc. I can’t remember the full context of the item, I think it was about our army (or the American army) reviewing current...

The lucky country

It’s election day for my state’s government. I hope the local candidate that I voted for gets in because he’s a hard-working, community conscious dude who does a great job. I’m fairly confident he’ll do okay as the local community...

My “prickly” friend.

Leanne was my “prickly” friend. Her life seemed to lurch from one source of pain to another: her husband had an accident and as a result was paralysed; she lost her job; she developed severe agoraphobia; she lost another job; she began to question the...

Why the violence?

The other day someone asked me why I put the violence in my book. It’s a good question and one I wrestled with while I was writing it. Can I, considering my value system and moral code, include violence, swearing and sex in my writing? This is particularly...