Hiding in the pregnancy of the night

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When a publisher comes a-calling

The writer’s journey towards getting published is a difficult path. And the minute a publisher offers to pay you for your writing, it’s time to rejoice. Be wary, but rejoice nevertheless. I’ve only started legal writing five or six years ago. It can be one of the most tedious writing chores one can get into, but not if you love making the complex realities of the law into professional but simple language. For me, it was the push I needed to rekindle my desire for creative writing. To this day, the passion for writing anything creative (be it fiction, non fiction or poetry) is rooted to what I do as a legal author. Last week, I was offered (well, okay, I re-pitched for it, big time) a brand new Publishing Agreement to continue writing more stuff as a legal/academic/scholarly author for Thomson Reuters Australia. The pay is not big, but I get to keep all the royalties this time (I had to share the royalties with two other authors who have now left the writing team) and is enough to feed me on a month-to-month basis (translate: enough pay to cover my food and sundries each month). It’s also not creative writing. But who’s to say I can’t put some creativity in writing about legal decisions and the law? So this is to thank all my lucky stars for bringing me more confidence and more writing work. This is to all the writers out there finding their way towards more creativity. May this blessing spread far and wide.

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More books in a (shoe)box

These are cute, little pocketbooks of my short story, ‘Words That Don’t Mean Anything‘ published and released by In Short Publishing Company (Melbourne, Victoria). I can’t get over how cute and handy they are.

You can order your own copy through In Short Publishing Company’s online store (hopefully in store soon in various retailers).

http://www.inshortpublishing.com/shop1/uncategorized/words-that-dont-mean-anything/

(Image courtesy of In Short Publishing Company’s H. Cox and J. Crupi.)

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‘The Heaving Pavement’ is coming

My second book to be released this year is The Heaving Pavement (Epistles on an anxious life) (released worldwide on 1 December 2015) and the first batch of author copies have just arrived! The Heaving Pavement is an experimental memoir on anxiety in poetic, verse, prose and illustrated forms. I hope it brings some clarity to the issue of how anxiety impacts our everyday lives.

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That rough feel of book pages

I am smitten over my new pocketbook short story, Words That Don’t Mean Anything, from In Short Publishing Co, the rough texture  and the smell of freshly-printed pages. I’m a tactile person and I like to feel the pages, the way they stick to clammy hands and how the skin could almost feel the letters jumping out of the page. I’d go for actual books over eBooks, for sure.

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