About Me

Short bio:

Located in Canberra, Australia – at the moment. Blogging things of interest, musings and research, which will include work that hasn’t appeared in commercial or mainstream media outlets, probably because it doesn’t meet their expectations or criteria for publication in their outlets.

My interests are broad, and range from the sociopolitical to the metaphysical. I’m especially interested in crime and espionage, so issues of ethics and morality interest me. I’m not one for biographies, of the 2 or 3 I remember reading only 1 stands out because of its size: The Confessions of Aleister Crowley: An Autohagiography. Yes, I was interested in esoteric things at one time. Now I have more interest in the things of Ufology and Exopolitics.

I studied at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, where I gained a BA Social Science (Honours). I developed an interest in language and linguistics, and the relationship between language and power, semiotics, and issues of a sociocultural nature, especially cinema, but not sport.

I have worked in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) for many years before studying at the University of New England, Armidale, where I gained a MA Applied Linguistics. Not long after I applied for and gained candidature in a PhD in Education / Applied Linguistics at the University of Canberra, though I’d previously gained candidature at La Trobe University, Melbourne. I will submit my thesis in November 2013, and gained my PhD in June 2014. Addendum: Graduated in November 2014.

What inspired me to write? A feeling of underachieving while completing a PhD. The creative space I worked in was shared with creative writing people – I sat next to one, and often asked her about her project. I discovered she had written one book before taking up the challenge of creative writing as a PhD project. My mind took over from their.

Who or what influenced me to follow my career? As yet, I don’t have a career as a writer. I am what is known as a self-published author, or indie writer, as some say. This means I haven’t been successful landing a traditional publisher like Stephen King (The Dark Tower) or Frank Herbert (Dune). In point of fact, very few people have encouraged me to pursue a career in creative writing. something inside me compels me to write. But the list is long of all the people who’ve influenced me to pursue a career in writing.

What pivotal moment got me where I am today? I remember it clearly: the day I started writing my first novel. That novel became Reciprocity: Book 2, Parts 1 & 2 in a Sci-fi saga. I haven’t stopped writing since I began this book.

Likes Earl Grey tea and milkless coffee.

Loves reading, writing, photography, cinematography – what I call the arts.

Loves reading Sci-fi and crime novels.

Currently reading:

Horizon Storms, The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 3, by Kevin J. Anderson

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

 

The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, by Dante Alighieri, edited by Robin Kirkpatrick

Robert Ludlum

and other stuff

Just finished reading:

Pietr the Latvian, by Georges Simenon

The Tyrannicide Brief, by Geoffrey Robertson

Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

Soul Circus, by George Pelecanos

Galileo’s Dream, by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Blind Owl, by Sadegh Hedayat

The Night train to Lisbon, by Pascal Mercier

The Sylvan Shadows, R.M. Salvatore

A.D. After Disclosure, Richard M. Dolan and Bryce Zabel

Finished reading before the above:

Prelude to Dune, House Harkonnen, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson.

Plan on reading:

The Hades Factor, Robert Ludlum

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Grave matters, Max Allan Collins

Academic reading:

Conceptualising ‘Learning’ in Applied Linguistics.

I dislike

Liars and abusers. Polluters, especially people who pollute the environment. Animal rights abusers. Gutses, the greedy and people without a conscience. And people who abuse their positions of social status and power. I also don’t like eating meat with few exceptions and some meat eaters.

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