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My publisher's impressive stand at this weekend's Sydney Supanova. Esme's Wish will be joining her book buddies there next time. Cover reveal soon!

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Odyssey Books

All set for #supanova! Come to booth 92 in the Artists Alley to grab our latest releases!

Heartfelt advice from one of the greats.

Motivation courtesy of J.K. Rowling

We should all listen to her always

News on cover and arc release dates. Woo hoo!

Update on Esme's Wish!

This is how our writing improves if we keep at it. Read, write, repeat!

I’m an editor at Random House, but for the last several years I’ve been writing around the edges of my day job: mornings, nights, weekends, wherever I can grab the free time. I began my first novel…

Some of my favourite snippets from books I've read this year.

Bookish bites from 2016.

I hope Santa's sleigh has some of these gifts in it this year. Alyssa Mackay has compiled this fabulous gift list for writers and readers alike.…/25/10-novel-christmas-gift-ideas/

Today makes it officially one month until Christmas Day. If your loved one is a writer or avid reader and you haven’t started shopping for gifts yet, or if you’re a writer who’s w…

Love triangles, the power of three, Harry, Ron and Hermione. Take a peek!

Thinking Outside The Triangle

Here's my review of Felicity Banks' steampunk fantasy adventure, 'Heart of Brass'!

My interview with Carolyn Denman, author of 'Songlines'.

Author Spotlight: Carolyn Denman

What a great idea!

Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks.

I like this brief look at differing approaches to creating a story world. Inside out is more my style.

Worlds of the Complex Nature|By Caleb Kaczmarek
How multi-sensory description can engage your reader

Amazing treetop eyrie to spark the imagination! via Maximaxoo

Architect Hiroshi Nakamura had always been intrigued by how some crows utilize found coat hangers as a structural element in their nests. With this idea in mind, a unique opportunity presented itself when treehouse builder Takashi Kobayashi contacted him with an unusual site for a tearoom: 10 me

One odyssey is over, and another one begins. Very happy to have found a publisher who loves my book!

 We’re really pleased to welcome our newest author to the Odyssey family: Elizabeth Foster. Elizabeth lives in Sydney, and her debut novel, Esme’s Wish, will be published in the first half of 2017.

Sometimes it can be hard to stay on track when a story is threatening to head off in every direction. Here's one approach to dealing with this dilemma.

Stories don’t grow themselves – or do they? Are we partners in the process, co-conspirators, or something else entirely? And how do we stay on track when our writing wants to veer off in all sorts of directions?

One of my favourite places, aglow with light and colour at the end of the day

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Venice Vibes. Photo by jacobriglin

Gorgeous shots of a night sky that never sleeps.

Celebrating the best astronomy photographs taken by Australians, from the hidden colours of the moon to Bonnie Doon

Some underwater magic happening here...

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If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spiderweb ...of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them.

Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.

Life is good.

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