Frighteningly Festive Cover Reveal

My Christmas is coming early this year. The #6amAusWriters of Twitter and friends are delivering my present on November 11.

Christmas is an ebook

Christmas Australis: A Frighteningly Festive Anthology of Spine Jingling Tales is being released on November 11. It’s an ebook collection of eight stories that share the Australian experience of Christmas — from the authors point of view anyway.

With December in Aus being summer, we spend December 25 under the air conditioner or at the beach — gorging on salads and guzzling cold drinks if we’re sensible — or overheating the kitchen with a traditional roast if we’re not!

creative and courageous

I mentioned in the last blog when I was pondering about the wonder of sonder, that there is a beautiful moment when people move from the background to the foreground of your life. Over the past few months, I’ve got to know some fantastic Australian writers via our hashtag #6amAusWriters, and I’m amazed at their creativity, their courage and their passion for writing. So now their passion, along with a sprinkle of other Aus writers (also friends from Twitter), and a healthy dose of persistence has created a book.

There’s something for everyone in Christmas Australis, whether you’re a fan of contemporary stories, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural thrillers or even steampunk!

The Cover

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Here it is!

A Frighteningly Festive Anthology of Spine Jingling Tales

The fabulous cover was designed by Cassi Strachan (yep we’re related) at Creative Girl Tuesday. Thank you, Cassi for another brilliant creation!

The contributors are Darren Kasenkow, Emily Wrayburn, Lyn Webster, Andrew Roff, Natasha O’Connor, Madeleine D’Este, Belinda Grant, and me.

Peace on Earth

My story is Peace on Earth — it’s a novelette (just over 10,000 words) about Christmas lunch with a few unexpected guests. I’d call it dark contemporary fantasy. Here’s a couple of hints…

Harbouring a dark Family Secret, prodigal grand-daughter Kate brings her unsuspecting partner home to Christmas lunch with her menagerie of weird relatives.

The Vizards are vegetarians — well, some of them are — now Jack is about to find out how Christmas lunch and keeping Peace on Earth changes all the rules.

There’s more about the other stories on the Amazon Page.

Christmas Australis contains more than 70,000+ words: a novella, two novelettes, and five short stories — something for everyone this Festive Season.

You can pre-order the book for the special price of $4.39. Grab a copy now before it goes up to $5.82 on release day, November 11! (The odd prices are conversions from USD so they may change a bit depending on the exchange rate on the day.)

Pondering about the wonder of sonder

Have you ever sat at a red light and watched people cross the road in front of you? Ever wondered what their lives are like? Then you’ve pondered sonder.

Sonder is grist for the mill of human kindness, connecting us to the web of humanity. It’s an opportunity to recognise and interact, albeit at a distance, with the people around you. Continue reading

How hard is it to wait?

I’m curious. Why do we have to wait for things? I mean really, when you want it, feel it, see it, and work for it, you should get it now, right ?

Sometimes I really struggle with the whole, wait for it to happen, let nature take its course, go with the flow. What the heck is “the flow” anyway? Is it the thunderous torrents of water over the cliff edge, the moon driven tides that ebb and flow in the bay, or the muddy trickle of the creek in drought?  Or all of the above? Continue reading

Would you rather be passionate or enthusiastic?

A few years ago I heard Joseph Campbell’s exhortation to ‘follow your bliss’ and I thought, ‘Love it, I’m in!’ The full quote is “follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls” (thanks to my niece Erin for the introduction to Mr Campbell).  It sounded like a brilliant philosophy to someone like me whose bliss was way down the bottom of the ‘to do’ list.

Now, as I tend to do with anything new, I leapt into this new way of being with spontaneous and careless abandon.  And once I’d moved past the sticking point of – ‘What was my bliss, what joy did I want to pursue, what did I love to be or do with a passion that I was compelled to follow?’(more on this another time) – then life was looking good.

For a while… Continue reading