Monday, 16 November 2015

7 Flash Fiction stories For free for you

While my longer stories are not available due to Musa Publishing closing it's doors, here's the flash fiction stories that is still available.

Published in Antipodean SF:

Minion (spec fiction)
Antipodean SF, Issue 175, January 2013 issue
Podcast available in Show 173 Alpha

Strange Brew (Paranormal)
Antipodean SF, Issue 165, March 2012 issue
Podcast available in Show 165 Alpha

Changes (Paranormal)
Antipodean SF, Issue 163, January 2012 issue
Podcast available in Show 163 Alpha

Dragon's Quest (Fantasy)
Antipodean SF, Issue 156, June 2011 issue
Podcast available in Show 156 Delta

The Bucket - (Science Fiction)
Antipodean SF, Issue 149, November 2010

(archived by Pandora, National Library of Australia)

Published by other web-zines

Mirror, Mirror (Fantasy)
Mindflights, April 2011

The Magician - (Paranormal)
Flashes In The Dark, 28 May 2011

Have fun reading!!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Super Sunday week in review: Space, reading, OWL, oh my...

I've still been recuperating, much more in the last two weeks thanks to a procedure.

This is what I've been doing the past week or so...

School Project with Godson
This is going to be fun. This is a project to designed to be done with a family member. My Godson is very much interested in Space, which I am too. While I'm not the most scientific of minds myself, I appreciate all things scientific, so it'll be good for me to learn a thing or two as well.

So far we've borrowed a few things from the library and been reading bits. It's such a huge topic and the presentation in front of the class is only 5 minutes, so it'll have to be us learning and giving a recap to the class. Some art may be involved. :)

Oh, be still my reading heart, I've managed to pick up the pace again. It's been slow going with the mind fog at times, but that's okay. I'm enjoying being a reader and while sometimes the writer part of me notices something in the writing, I'm trying to push that part to the subconscious to relish the act of reading for reading sake.

This in turn has made me update my details on Eleni's Library and even start a new reading quote feature. I love quotes as you know *wink*.

Blogging OWL
As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm co-presenter in online Blogging workshop for Romance Writers of Australia. Week one's lesson went well with Daniel de Lorne presenting the bulk of it (he kindly took the lead in while I've been recuperating). This week Dan will talk about Wordpress, and the following week, I'll talk about Blogger.

It's great immersing myself in blogging again and picking up some nifty items - like Canva (created the graphic for Neil Gaiman quote - that have changed in my time focused on other parts of my life. And I'll be looking at my blogging schedule as well.

Family time
I've been spending more time with family and would you believe this night owl is getting up to have breakfast at a reasonable hour (around 8am). I know, right! But it's been great. And we've been watching some TV programs together - Castle and Arrow are faves for all three of us. 

Our pup (who is almost 9 years old) had surgery to remove some cancer spots and is doing well now a few weeks later. Here he is waiting for my brother to come back home. Yep, she's a cutie but a cheeky one. 

Coming Week
I'll pretty much be focusing on the above as well as a design project, so while I'm still doing things it's not at the break neck speed I was doing previously.

Have a great week!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Wonderful World of Blogging- online workshop

Come and join my alter-ego, Helen Katsinis who will pair up with fellow author/blogger Daniel de Lorne to present an online blogging workshop for beginners.

Over 4 weeks in November we introduce you to blogging, set up blogs by Blogger and Wordpress and answer questions about blogging. 

There's still room- come join us


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Stepping back

I had two amazing conferences in August - the Get Fresh in '15 Romance Writers of Australia conference in Melbourne (go team!) and the Love Thrills Romance Writers of New Zealand conference in Auckland.

I spent a lot of time networking and talking to people - catching up with old friends and making new ones, and generally having a great time doing this.

But it also made me realise that it's time for me to step back from major volunteer work. I had mentioned in an earlier post how I had been struggling for a while now. This was brought home to me when I was exhausted really before the conference in Melbourne properly began. I remember thinking 'how am I going to do this for another year?'

The simple answer is that I couldn't. So thanks to the help of some wonderful friends in RWA who had seen my struggles, I have been able to step away from my two major roles in the organisation, keeping only smaller roles to keep me giving back. I'd wanted to continue as I'd given my commitment but in the end the best for everyone was for me to remove myself from the roles and allow people who are fresh at them.

I'm in handover mode and once this is done, I'll be reviewing my writing direction and seeing where best to put my energies. In the meantime, I'm enjoying reading again - I hadn't been able to read as I'd been falling asleep as I was so tired and anything I did read wasn't being absorbed.

All rugged up for an early morning walk in
New Zealand - used to seeing AM from
the other side.
I have also stopped studying for the moment - and really I'll review if I'll go back. I think I garnered what I needed from Tafe and while I didn't earn my qualification, that hadn't been the reason I'd been studying - in fact, I'd gone in with the idea that I wouldn't earn a qualification and study as long as it suited my purpose of developing some design skills to help with HelzKat Designs, which I have. I'm not going on to a design studio so the qualification isn't the important factor. I'd also been there long enough to see the course change and change again that it wasn't the original course I'd signed up for.

The truth of the matter is I have only so much energy and on good days, fabulous, I can do a lot of what I want to achieve, but good days are not my norm. I have okay days on the whole, but CFS and Fibromyalgia can change how I feel from moment to moment. It's not easy to adjust to this- I still struggle after so many years - but every so often, I'm reminded that it's not only okay to rest, but it's absolutely necessary.

I have missed blogging and talking to you all and sharing. So I'll be back online when my time is my own again.


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