I’ve been writing in the Oregon snow

For the past month I have been taking part in the Artists in Residence program at Caldera in Central Oregon. What that means is: some nice folks here have allowed me to live in one of their fancy A-frame cabins (as pictured below) for a month so I can Get Writing Done.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

As a kid I loved all the Sherlock Holmes stories but it was the irresistibly mysterious novel The Hound of the Baskervilles that captivated me the most. The imagery of that menacing hound and the moors enveloped in mist have stayed with me ever since (although the answer to the whodunnit-style mystery faded in time – conveniently … Continued

The Black Claw of Once, Not Twice

A while ago now I had an idea for a story. It would feature a character who was haunted by visions of a scabby black claw that climbed and clambered around the edges of doors, walls and other objects in his life. And each time this poor guy spotted the claw he would see it … Continued

Reflections on the Total Eclipse of the Sun

So it happened. Hordes of people covered the beaches. The moon covered the sun. And the clouds covered the eclipse. But only for a minute or so. In the end, we had a clear view of the total solar eclipse in Far North Queensland for one of the two minutes of totality. Did it live … Continued