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Lights, Cameras… Action?

It’s an eye-opener posting my news items of two years ago, when I was planning to make a short film. For reasons that will soon be apparent to anyone who reads my archives (I’ll keep posting them for the next few days), the film was never made – but I’m now reminded how close I […]

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Archive Sept/Oct 2005 – THE DANGERS OF eBAY

29 Sept 2005 With a bit of quiet time between writing a book and promoting it (when I’m not writing articles and the like), I’m ticking some of the entries in my long-term “Things to do” file. Among them: making a short film, based on one of my scripts. I’ve wanted to do this for […]

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Archive 22 Sept 05 – A STRANGE KIND OF KARMA

Rest assured, I’ve been keeping busy since I last wrote some news. After writing a story for The Bulletin, I was contacted by the publisher John Wiley & Sons, who asked me to turn it into a book – and I jumped at the chance. Here was an article that could fill a book. The […]

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Being a “Real” Writer

I was recently chatting with friends about one of my newest writing “gigs” – a weekly quiz for QWeekend, the weekend magazine of The Courier-Mail. I called it “a regular spot”. One friend of mine, who was already aware of this (though I don’t believe he’s seen it), sought to correct me: “It’s not really […]

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Saluting Bucks Fizz

A few people have emailed me asking whether I can place any of my recent columns from The Canberra Times online (especially as, at my request, they are not on the newspaper’s own site). The fact is, after they are first published, I keep those columns under lock and key for a project so top-secret […]

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Archive September 2004 – ONE DOOR CLOSES, A BETTER ONE OPENS

More from my (now-defunct) news page. (Please note that this describes a different column to the one I currently write for The Canberra Times…)17 September 2004 I don’t know whether anyone reads this news page – especially as it hasn’t been updated since around 1946. Upon returning from my last overseas journey, I upgraded to […]

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Archive March 2003 – PERILS OF THE WRITING LIFE

19 March 2003 OK, it’s been five months since I lasted posted any “news”. Pretty lame, I realise. Does that mean nothing’s been happening? Not even remotely. I haven’t updated my clips on this site recently, either. Does that mean I haven’t written anything? Once again, no. As I’ve said before: when I’m busy, it’s […]

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Miracles

My good friend Mahiruha, in New York, has put up the latest edition of Inspiration-Letters, his literary e-zine showcasing essays and stories by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. It’s a ‘zine that never fails to live up to its name. The latest edition (#10) is all about Miracles. Plenty of fine writing from some […]

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Archive 24 October 2002 – MY OPINION IS RIGHT!

NOTE: Since writing this, a few things have changed. I now have a regular column in The Canberra Times – but if you try to look it up on the Web, it won’t work. It’s only in the print edition. (Sorry about that.) I had an Opinion piece published this week. Not for the first […]

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Writers’ Tips – The Importance of Being Accurate

I occasionally write articles on the Web with tips for aspiring (and established) writers. Here is the latest… When writing an article for publication, it is very important to check your facts. This might seem obvious, but it is still worth mentioning. If readers complain because they disagree with your opinion… well, that’s part of […]

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