red-wine-blue-cheeseRecently I won third prize in the Odyssey House short story competition with my short story Red Wine Blue Cheese. YAY!

Never give up on a story. I’d been working on this one and sending it out over and over again since 2005. At last it’s found a good home and you can read it – HERE

It’s set in Singapore and loosely based on the time I spent there in the mid-nineties, just before I escaped to the chaotic freedom and wildness of Cambodia. Let me know what you think. Hope you like it 🙂


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Christmas Wishes for Writers 2016!


This is a post I first wrote in 2012. I’ve rejigged it a little but not much, for the wishes still hold true 🙂


Wishing you the courage to pursue your dreams and the discipline and persistence to see them through, right till the end.

Wishing you beholders of your work who see the beauty and wonder in what you create.

Wishing you financial reward and recognition for your work.

Wishing you friends and fellow travellers on the writing path, who share disappointments and success with equal fervour.

Wishing you editors who understand what you’re trying to say and help you say it better,

Publishers who honour your vision and bring it to the widest possible audience.

Wishing you readers galore and letters of connection that move you to tears.

Wishing you the strength to endure the sting of rejection and the distraction of praise,

Patience, determination and the ability to get up and start all over again.

Wishing you all the time you need.

I wish you freedom from fear of the blank and empty page,

A peaceful silencing of the inner critic, and the death of all self-doubt.

I wish you a hide of leather and a heart of gold.

Most of all I wish you the joy of creation and the ability to stand aside and let the words find their own way.

I wish you characters who tell you their stories and speak for themselves.

I wish you plots that hold and won’t let go,

Scenes that fit and sentences that glow with perfection.

I wish you words;

Words that sing the truth of this weird and wonderful human life.

Of hope and despair, pain and pleasure,

Words that move others and help them know that we’re all in this glorious mess together.

Words of wisdom and joy and love.

Words that only YOU can write.

Words that shine a light.

with love and best wishes for a wonderful year of writing in 2017,


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