More Stuff I’ve Written

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:


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 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 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!



Funky fashion socks and hosiery for sockaholics and wicked soles.


Advice and lots of pretty pictures for alternative wedding planning.

May 23, 2010

Linking Horn 23 May 2010

Linking Horn

abandoned Norwegian whaling vessel, Antarctica

abandoned Norwegian whaling vessel, Antarctica

abandoned Norwegian whaling vessel, Antarctica

Enter the Goatlady laments fluctuations in currency exchange rates when planning Grymm and Epic metal adventures! (I hear ya, missy!)

I continue my love of photography from abandoned places with this series of Antarctic Abandonments.

Metal style blog In Her Stilettos features some wicked metal / rock inspiration pics.

A disgusting piece of news reached me today. The Westboro Baptist Church – called “the most hated family in America” for their abhorrent treatment of and protests against homosexuality – intend to picket the memorial service of Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie’s late wife, Wendy, urges attendees to “turn the other cheek”.

Ronnie hates prejudice and violence! We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know. We only know how to love someone we know!”

I am a firm believer in the right to protest and to free speech, but this is a memorial service for a family, friends and fans in mourning, and is not the time to make any kind of political, racial or religious statement. Metalheads wouldn’t show up to a pastor’s funeral blasting Bestial Holucaust and yelling about how he’d led you all from the true path … the path of Dio :).

Ronnie James Dio‘s public memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California. If you’re there, please go, and show the WBC how people SHOULD act at a memorial service.

Octopus Chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage. When we finally build our dream castle, I am having these in the library. Woah, tentacles!

Michelle at Wicked Whimsy is doing a series of posts about Neil Gaiman’s books, and to give everyone the necessary knowledge to better understand the series and Michelle’s arguments, she’s giving lessons on Paganism 101.

Jason Newstead’s first art exhibition opening was attended by Lars Ulrich. The exhibition – at the Micaëla Gallery (49 Geary Street) in San Francisco – runs until June 27. Newstead says:

“A white canvas is silence. I always played loud — (my) art is loud. It’s a direct transfer. I was always a team player. Now I’m the field goal kicker. I get the glory or I get the (blame).”

On leaving METALLICA:

“It took 10 years for me to decompress and come back down to the ground from all that. You have to have a purpose. That’s why people get (messed) up on drugs and alcohol. Because they don’t have a purpose.”

Read more at this location.

Also in Metallica news, the BIG FOUR at Sorisphere this year will be livecasting their shows to over 800 theaters worldwide.

Purple Rock n Roll bride with mohawk.

What are you reading about this week?

One Comment on “Linking Horn 23 May 2010

May 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

Hey, thanks for linking to me! I appreciate it :D


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