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I don’t just babble about metal online and write absurd novels. I’m a freelance writer and blogger for several magazines and companies. Over 3000 of my articles, stories and poems appear in print and online. Here are some of my favorites:

Columns

Over the years I’ve had some great columns and guest blogs on other sites. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • I have a regular column on WeddingWise.co.nz about wedding planning, and a fun column on Empty Easel about promoting your artwork. 
  • My column Cvlt Status on the Lip Service Webzine covered heavy metal fashion and lifestyle. If you haven’t heard of Lip Service before, they are the number 1 worldwide alternative clothing label. If you see a goth or metalhead looking particularly fierce, chances are they’re wearing some Lip Service gear. 
  • I’ve blogged about the music industry and making it as an indie musician for Think Like a Label and MadeLoud. I also contribute occasional articles about extreme metal to No Clean Singing, the best blog around for honest metal reviews and tips on achieving Nigerian Riches. 
  • Green in a Grey World: I write a bi-monthly column over at Achromatopsia.info about living with achromatopsia, a rare genetic condition rendering me completely color-blind, light-sensitive and legally blind. You won’t find any “woe is me” tales. On Green in a Grey World I share the humorous stories of life with achromatopsia. 
  • I’ve contributed a number of posts to The Disabled Shop Blog on living with various disabilities. 
  • Some of my raddest guest blogs have been for Problogger, including: Blog Accessibility Essentials: The Complete Guide, and 40 Cool Things to Do With Your Blog Post AFTER You Hit Publish. 
  • I was a regular contributor to Waxing UNlyrical – the communications blog of PR specialist and all-round awesome lady Shonali Burke.

Articles and Essays

I’ve published thousands of articles on various subjects in print and online. My specialty topics include: music and subculture, the writing craft, disability awareness, archaeology and travel.

I’m a regular contributor to 2 for Couples, the number 1 lifestyle magazine and iPad application for modern couples in wuv. If you want to read some of my best articles, including “When Music and Marriage Collide”, “I’m Married to a Serial Hobbyist” and “Long-Distance Lovin’”, as well as some stunning and hilarious writers, I strongly advise you to check out this magazine.

I’ve also been a regular reviewer and writer for Nocturne Magazine, New Zealand’s premier print resource of dark art and subculture. My favorite article I wrote for them was ‘Aether Aesthetic: the World of Steampunk’. Nocturne Magazine, back in 2008.

Here are some other pieces I’m proud of:

  • ‘12 Tips for Surviving your First European Metal Festival’, Matador Nights, May 2009
  • ‘Your First Rock Concert’. Kiki Magazine, March 2009.
  • ‘Elven Lays and Powerchords: Chaos, Revellry and Community in Tolkien-themed heavy metal’. Strange Horizons, Janruary 2009.
  • ‘City of the Beast: a Heavy Metal Tour of London’. Go NOMAD, November, 2008.
  • ‘Become a Band Manager’. Dabbling Mum, November, 2008.
  • ‘Writers Annoymous: the 12-Step programme for recovering writers’ (reprint), Writing World, August 2010.
  • ‘Promoting Your Book with Twitter’, Writers Weekly, December 2009.
  • ‘Wedding Bliss and Paychecks’. WritersWeekly, Janruary 2009.
  • ‘Writing for Writers Works’. WritersWeekly, December 2008.
  • ‘Bio-logy: Anatomy of an Author Bio’. Writers’ News, November 2008
  • ‘5 Tips for Visually Impaired Travellers’. Traveller’s Notebook. January, 2009.
  • ‘Well-Stocked Larders: the food and diet of Hobbits’. Strange Horizons, Feb 11 Issue, 2008.

Fiction and Poetry

I don’t write much short fiction or poetry these days, as I’m concentrating on my novels, but you can find some of my stories in the following magazines:

  • ‘Zombie Tolkien takes in a Move’. From the Asylum. August 2009.
  • ‘23 Stab Wounds’, Sinister Tales, Volume 4.1, May 2009.
  • ‘Over the Edge’ (reprint), Mindflights anthology, Issue 4, 2009.
  • ‘Window Eye’ and ‘Beautiful Girl’. Ilumen. Sam’s Dot Publishing. April, 2009.
  • ‘She’ll be Right’. Big Pulp Magazine, Spring, 2009.
  • ‘Urban Funeral’. Breath and Shadow. Volume 6, No. 2. Spring, 2009.
  • ‘Court of the Litterfey’. Reflections Edge, December, 2008.
  • ‘Over the Edge’. Mindflights, November, 2008.
  • ‘An Open McLetter’. Big Pulp Magazine, October, 2008.
  • ‘Essay’, ‘Sense of a Man’ and ‘You and You’. Breath and Shadow, Volume 5, No. 5. July, 2008
  • ‘His-story’. Haruah: Breath of Heaven. Double-Edged Publishing. Issue 17. Spring, 2008.

Many of these stories have been republished in my anthology: The Good, The Bad, and The Utterly Screwed

Awards & Prizes

I don’t like to blow my own trumpet, as they say, but that’s kind of what this page is for.

  • My novel ‘Thorn’ was one of ten novels short-listed for the War of the Words, run by Tor UK in 2008.
  • My blog post, Eulogy to my Miniscope, won first place in the Disabled Shop Blog Competition, in 2010.
  • ‘WACK’, a short story about zombie penguins in Antartica, was a shortlisted finalist in the Oceanview Short Story Competition in 2008.
  • My short story ‘Into the Light’ won honorable mention in the Australian Slippery When Wet Short Story Competition, 2007.
  • And my war poem, ”Thermopylae’ won third place in O’Rorke Poetry Competition.

Email me if you’ve got an idea for an article, or you’d like me to write for your company or blog. I’m always keen to work with new folks and I love a writing challenge!

Blogs

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BRUNEL IS DEAD, BUT HIS IRON LEGACY LIVES ON.

Forced from London after the death of Brunel, Thorn and her people – the Stokers – reside in the Graveyard; a wasted landscape of scrap metal and disused railway carriages. Shunned by her own people for her family’s part in their exile, Thorn’s skill with animals is the only thing saving her from banishment. With her friend Lurgo, she hunts the great tri-horned monsters in the surrounding swamps, desperately trying to keep control of her strange power and restore her family’s soiled name. 

Now Brunel’s old Wall is moving again, expanding over the English countryside. And with it comes a horror that should have been long dead – once human creatures turned maniacal by a diet of lead and soot. The Stokers propose a suicide mission, a last-ditch effort to reclaim their home – sending Thorn into the Wall to die; an expendable distraction to ensure their own survival. 

But Thorn has other ideas. Together with Lurgo, a blind adventurer, an eccentric menagerie proprietor and a tame triceratops, she sets out to stop the new threat. In a world dominated by powerful men and fierce mechanical monsters, can one woman triumph where so many have failed? 


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Thorn is a steampunk dark fantasy set in an alternate history Georgian London where dinosaurs still survive and engineers are worshipped as gods. Part 3 of the four-part Engine Ward series, Thorn is available now on Amazon.

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