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November Newsletter

Just before the Gold Coast 600, thousands of these little blue jellyfish washed up onto the beach. It was absolutely covered in them – and they rotted most pungently. Sorry car people.   


November update
October has been a quieter month after the Oz Comic-Con insanity of September. I’ve concentrated on finishing ‘Guardian of Empire’ – and it’s done. Whew. I wanted to write shorter books in the sci-fi, so I could produce more books more quickly.  It didn’t happen – and to my chagrin, ‘Guardian’ has turned out to be almost exactly the same length as ‘Scales’ to within a couple of thousand words – when I thought it would be about 20,000 words shorter! Thanks, muse. (My muse is a small ugly thing that sits in the corner and demands offerings of lost sleep before it will present me with story. True.)
Here’s a snippet from later in the book that I sent to the publishers for the launch meeting:
I put my hand on Bartlett’s furry head to reassure him as we reached the edge of Sky City and Marque floated us down towards the surface of the planet below. The white sides of the floating city were carved in an enormous depiction of dragons going about their colonising ways, talking to many different species, in a frieze that was more than three hundred metres high. We dipped below the edge and the massive ancient anti-grav engines that held up the city came into view, glowing blue-white beneath it. Marque had often complained that they were severely out of date and asked the Empress to land the city so they could be replaced with ones that weren’t visible, and the Empress always said no because she liked the shinies.
Now that Guardian is finished, it’s time to sit down and work out the structure for the Simone spinoff, because that definitely needs to happen.

Oz Comic-Con September 2018

Here’s a selection of photos that I (and my awesome con buddies) took of Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney. Click on an image to see a larger version.

Brisbane Partners in Con

Here’s Queenie and Traci, on the Friday night before the con started, heading back to the Platinum party from the Convention Centre.

Giant Funkos!

As I approached the hall on the first day, I was greeted by these GIANT Funko-pops – at least as tall as me.

Debby and Loki!

My friend Debby came to help me on the Saturday. She made that T-shirt herself!


Me: Debby, please take lots of photos of cosplay for me while I’m busy

Debby: I already did


Debby: … and lego.


Debby: I don’t know what this is but it was AWESOME
Me: Warhammer 40k Space Marine

All Might


Sailor Moon

She knows she’s gorgeous


Mr Squiggle


Gohan and Videl

Me: And you put your hands like this, and you put your hands like that
Them: … all right…

Tracey Harding and T2000

Tracey was next to me and we had a blast being con buddies!


I love their glowing magic balls.

Cap and Groot



(Yuri on Ice is my go-to happy place)

… And that’s a wrap!

All guests of the con received these AMAZING beer packs with art by our own Wayne Nichols.

Sunday’s Con Buddy

Tracey O’Hara came to help me on Sunday – here she is, too cool for school.


Tracey brought her nephew Michael, and I sent them off to take ALL THE PHOTOS

Arrow Tracey and Arsenal!

Michael and Black Panther!

Loving the details

She knows she’s gorgeous as well!

Quick Sword Lessons

Michael bought a couple of prop swords and I got so frustrated with him waving them around that I gave him a quick how-to lesson.

Fangirling it up!

Here’s the con-art crew, with Gates McFadden of Star Trek TNG. I’m a happy fangirl!

And that’s a wrap Brisbane!

Kate the volunteer is destroyed… so the con was a success. On to Sydney!

Cat and Diana

Cat Sparks was my con buddy in Sydney – check out her sci-fi ‘Lotus Blue’

General Okoye


This is a real magazine. With articles for cats. So of course I bought it.

The Emperor’s New Groove


Found him..them!


The Prettiest Disney Princesses

In the show!


Cruella De Ville…

I have that song stuck in my head now

Serious competition!

I met Thor on my way to the Green Room


My pick for best cosplay. Tom Holland’s costume for the lip-synch battle where he danced to Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’. Uh… google it?

September Update

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I’ve been here more than a year now, and the beach still surprises. The sky was an intense shade of pink that the camera really doesn’t do justice.

August is finished, and September is here. I’m making good progress on ‘Guardian of Empire’ (the working title for book 2 of the dragon thing) and I did some fun appearances during the month.

Oz Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney

The big upcoming news is that I will be at Oz Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney at the end of September. Many thanks to my patrons at Patreon who are helping me to get there – and here’s hoping that I’ll be able to visit more cities next year (including Perth and Adelaide!)
Brisbane is 22-23 September
Sydney is 29-30 September
I’ll have copies of ‘Scales of Empire’ in print and audio to sign, so come along and say hello!
Byron Bay Writers Festival
I didn’t take any photos at this event, but the weather was beautiful and the setting was fabulous. Highly recommended. I was the guest of the guys from Ingram Spark, who I have an excellent relationship with – they’re the ones who print my novellas that are so popular at the conventions. I sincerely hope I’ll get a return invite!
QWC Workshop on Fantasy
I presented a workshop on fantasy world building at the Queensland Writers Centre in August, and I think I broke everybody’s brains. They came in wanting inspiration and I gave them perspiration! It was a terrific bunch of people and I’m looking forward to giving this workshop again – the Alternative James Bond character they created (without input from me) was a married asexual black woman. Every time I do this exercise, Alternative James Bond comes out as someone different.
Golden Arcade, Sham Shui Po

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The ‘out-take’ going up for $2+ Patrons on my Patreon is an early extract that’s set in Golden Arcade in Sham Shui Po. I’ve made a public post about it that you can check out by clicking on the image: This is one of Hong Kong’s unique places to visit. When I was working as a computer consultant in HK, I spent a great deal of time there, and built relationships with some of the shopkeepers there. Read more about it on the Patreon page.
That’s all for August: I hope to see you in Sydney and Brisbane soon!

August Update

That really was a spectacular July full moon. 

August Update
Winter is a quieter season for us writers, so I’ve been concentrating on book 2 of the Dragon Empire series, tentatively titled ‘Guardian of Empire’. It’s coming along well, and now that the warmer weather is on its way, festival and convention season has started!
Byron Bay
Thanks to IngramSpark, the self-publishing arm of Ingram book wholesalers, for hosting me at a very well-received panel at Byron Bay Writers Festival! I’m following up with a Self-Publishing 101 workshop at Queensland Writers Centre in November.
QWC Fantasy Workshop
There’s still time to join this full-day workshop on writing fantasy, to be held at the State Library of Queensland. I fully intend to make people walk out of the room ready to rock the fantasy world.
Oz Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney
Thanks to the assistance of my Patreon subscribers, I’ve been able to join Oz Comic-Con Sydney and Brisbane this year. Sydney is September 29-30 and Brisbane is 22-23. Come along and collect signed copies of ‘Scales of Empire’ – I will even have the audiobook of Scales in CD format! With the support of my patrons, I’ll definitely be doing more shows, hopefully even Adelaide and Perth next year. I didn’t make it to Melbourne this year, but I will definitely be there next year as well.
Public Patreon Post: ‘David’ Part One
I’ve made Part 1 of the ‘David’ Novella public on Patreon – anyone can view the post now. The link is here. I’m updating the story every month, and when it’s finished I’ll arrange for printed copies to be created. It’s a side-story from the Dark Heavens universe, that I haven’t released anywhere else.

July Update

July Update: Workshops and Articles
Once again I’ve released one of my previous Patreon posts to be fully public so anyone can go and see it. It’s an out-take from ‘Scales of Empire’ with Shiumo (in her human form) from Richard’s point of view. This is an example of $2+ content, so if you want to check out what I post on the Patreon you can go here. $5 and above patrons are reading a ‘Dark Heavens’ story that I haven’t released anywhere else!
See me at Byron Bay Writers Festival
I’ll be participating in a panel on self-publishing at Byron Bay Writers Festival, on Saturday 3rd August at 4pm. I’m a huge fan of self-publishing (as all the novellas are self-published) and love talking about the ins and outs of the industry. I’ll even be giving a workshop on the basics of self-publishing later this year at QWC!
Speaking of workshops, I’ve been booked for two workshops with the Queensland Writers Centre later this year: the first will be on writing Fantasy, a full day on August 11, and the second will be a ‘self publishing 101’ to be held on 24th of November.
I’m often asked about sensitivity and diversity in writing. I am not the person people should be asking, I am Whitey McWhiterson. So I wrote an article about why you shouldn’t ask me for the QWC, called ‘Punching Down’, giving general tips on how to ask appropriate people about writing culture. And once again emphasising that I am not the person that people should be asking about this. I’ll let you know when it’s released!
Dragon Empire 2
I’ve been posting the contents of the next Dragon Empire book onto the Patreon – thanks for the feedback guys! Working title for book 2 is now ‘Guardian of Empire’ because (spoilers) Jian is going to end up as Captain of the Empress’ personal guard. Harper-Collins have accepted this and I am absolutely positive that this title will be changed either by them or me before the book is finished.
That’s all for July, folks! Watch my Facebook for possible convention updates. Nothing definite yet!