Fam Jam

My 12 year-old nephew, Jinny, is doing a school project on the topic of gridlock traffic. Can you believe that? Like, doesn’t understanding traffic congestion require at least rudimentary experience as a driver? Obviously, it’s totally possible for a 12 year-old to get their head around it in theory, and they’ve probably been exposed to …

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To Market, To Market

There was a moment there where it seemed like the real estate market had all but evaporated – the agents’ windows were bare, and nary a ‘for sale’ sign was to be seen on the streets. When you did see the odd advertisement, the asking price was never mentioned, with ‘contact agent’ being the default …

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Dodged A Bullet

Finding a property to buy is easy; it’s wrangling your finances that’s the hard part… at least, that’s what you’d think. I can tell you from experience that finding the right property is half the battle, including when it comes to marshalling the bank to give you a loan. Obviously, that rides on a whole …

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Cool Memoirs

Airy the air conditioner and I sit down at the local coffee shop to continue our interview for its memoir. In the comments of my last blog post, a few people thought it was stupid that Airy uses gender-neutral pronouns, and in response, I say this. How would you feel if you were, say, a …

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Silent Car Repair

As the recently-elected mayor of this town, it’s my personal responsibility to drive around town and make sure the regular people are doing well. It’s one of my favourite parts of the job. It means I spend a lot of time in my vehicle though and need regular car servicing. But it is definitely worth …

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Giggle in Danger

Oh, poor Giggle McWiggle. I’ve had to lead him in a direction I never anticipated, and now one of the giant ants has betrayed him, leaving him tied up in a field of blue gingers and bay trees. This is one of the downsides of being such a good writer, having to follow the story …

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Red Designs

I think my boss might be a bit odd. And not just a very modern guy or anything, but a full-on, real oddity. Maybe he’s the descendant of a foreign leader or something, or he could have been born in Cuba, perhaps. Ever since he came to this company, he’s been introducing certain policies. I …

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Letter of Glass

Well, that’s definitely the strangest query letter I’ve ever received. I don’t represent science fiction or fantasy, but for some reason, a Melbourne writer has sent me their entire manuscript along with a three-page letter about their “subversive masterpiece”. The query letter didn’t even talk about the first book in the series. It was mostly …

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The Greatest Ever

We’re all familiar with the classics of literature. Shakespeare, Dickens, Tolstoy, Austen, Poe. The thing is, they aren’t the best. That’s just what we’ve been made to believe. There is another, far greater than all of the supposed greats put together. His name was Peter Borris, and he was the greatest author and playwright of …

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