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Stupid Things

Sometimes I get angry about stupid things. Not the usual stuff writers get angry about. You know, “your” instead of “you’re”, adverbs, Oxford commas, (<- there’s one!) and all the other inconsequential nonsense that passes for provocative on Twitter these days. No, these are passing clouds on an otherwise glorious day. I’m talking about STUPID… Continue reading Stupid Things

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Voyager – an odyssey in the making!

Carl Rackman

Voyager, my second novel, was an anomaly, much like the central premise of its story. I’d just written Irex, an intense, brooding and claustrophobic historical mystery; I expected to continue in a similar vein.

Instead, I had a very vivid dream in the summer of 2016 in which I saw the central motif of Voyager’s story – a human hand against a bright light source. This would be the central, arresting image in a series taken by the Voyager spacecraft more than 12 billion miles from Earth.

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I found this so compelling, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and began to write a story around it.

Unusually for me, Voyager had a very troubled gestation. I usually have a very strong story idea that carries the writing without losing my thread. This time, I ran into some problems (which you might expect, considering I was writing an entire…

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Writing, Creativity and Pain

Pain Isn't IN The Process....Pain IS The Process Sometimes life is just a minefield. If there is a mastermind behind the cosmos, they have not only superlative time-management and plate-juggling skills, but a wicked and nasty sense of humour. I'm not remotely surprised when I read accounts from antiquity about the belief systems of the… Continue reading Writing, Creativity and Pain

Book News, Book Reviews and Recommendations

#RRABC Book Review: Jonah

Always great to read a thoughtful and well written review, especially one as positive as this! Thanks to Aidan for the excellent review. I don’t typically enjoy war stories, specifically those set during World War 2. However, Jonah being set at sea made it stand apart from other books I’ve read from the same time… Continue reading #RRABC Book Review: Jonah