Category Archives: Rhobin’s round robin

The page that won me an award

Well, that award was so long ago that the people who ran the contest, the New Zealand Writers’ Association, no longer have a website. Still, a prize is a prize. I have returned to it because Rhobin Courtright’s topic for … Continue reading

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Writing fun, July, 2019

Winston Churchill once said, “The problem is not to find a solution, but to choose from the dozen possible solutions.” I don’t claim to be another Winston, but do share this affliction with him. So, I ALWAYS have more projects … Continue reading

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Real life in stories

Rhobin wants to know: “Has an event in your life, or one of someone you know, or one covered in the news, ever worked its way into one of your stories?” There is only one answer: YES. I think this … Continue reading

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What would you like to your readers to know about your novels and their purpose?

This is Rhobin’s homework task for me in May. In 1972, I was the father of two tiny children. My main task was the writing up of my otherwise completed PhD thesis, which was a BORING thing to do. There … Continue reading

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Seasons again

Being preoccupied with the coming Australian election, I forgot this perfect contribution to writing about seasons. When my daughter-in-law turned 30, someone commiserated with her, saying it’d all be downhill thereafter. My response: Thirty Thirty is Summer. Not any more … Continue reading

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Seasons

Seasons is what Rhobin would like us to write about in April. My immediate reaction was, “I don’t pay seasons much attention. At best, they are background.” Only… quite some time ago, she wanted us to write about the weather. … Continue reading

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How do you self-edit your books before submitting or publishing?

Oh dear. Unless it’s 2 a.m. or something, I self-edit even email messages and stuff. So, by the time it comes to publication of my writing, I’ve been over and over it at least 20 times, looking for the slightest … Continue reading

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Sex in writing

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds This month, Rhobin wants us to discuss some aspect of sex in writing. OK, here is my take. At one time, I did regular editing for a publisher that had an erotic imprint. Like it … Continue reading

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How do you develop secondary characters? Do you have a favourite secondary character?

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds My answer to the first question is that I don’t develop secondary characters. They introduce themselves to me when a story needs them, and I find out about them together with my readers. Often, they … Continue reading

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Christmas

Other essays in Rhobin’s Rounds I am more tolerant toward Christmas than I used to be. Until quite recently, I wanted to get off the planet at the early warning signs of holiday frenzy. Now, I smilingly tune out, and … Continue reading

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