Saying Goodbye and Looking Ahead

As the festive season really begins and 2019 draws to a close, I wanted to make my last post of the year about goals and challenges. I’m not always very good at seeing the “bigger picture”, I usually tend to focus on what’s immediately ahead of me and what I need to do to tick […]

This Year’s Best Of Me

I think it can be terribly easy to fall into the trap of feeling embarrassed or unsure about celebrating your achievements. For a long time I would laugh and say any wins on my scoreboard were a fluke, or a mistake. I would deflect the compliments and play down my hard work. I can’t even […]

Journey Tree

I had been plagued for weeks by a recurrent dream involving a tree, but of what species I could not tell. Its branches were long and its leaves were wide, and its trunk was smothered in patches of green moss and layers of loose bark. As I got closer to it, it reached out to […]

Fake Meat

Wellington’s premier annual food festival ‘Welly On A Plate‘ (WoaP) begins today for the whole of August. Dine Wellington runs for the first two weeks from the 1st to the 16th. Burger Wellington runs for the second two weeks of August from the 17th to the 31st. I highly recommend checking it out if you […]

Pastiche Poetry

Do you ever revisit things you’ve written in the past and turn them into something new? Snippets and thoughts that started life as something else, only to be repurposed. I do. Especially with my poetry. In fact, most of my poems are curious little Frankenstein’s Monsters of lines and ideas I’ve pasted together — stealing […]

Dark Winds Over Wellington: The Audiobook

Listen to “Heat Pump” read by Tabatha Wood. Taken from “Dark Winds Over Wellington: Chilling Tales of the Weird & the Strange” (2019). One of the best parts of being an English teacher, I always felt, was reading aloud to the class. Even the most rowdy of students could be lulled into quiet concentration with […]

Busy Bee, Busy Being Me

These past few weeks have been extraordinarily busy. I’ve spent a lot of time hunched, (apologies to my physiotherapist,) over my keyboard and churning out a steady stream of short stories. I’ve sent out six submissions in two weeks and I’m currently working on two more. I know these massive spurts of inspiration are likely […]

100 Favourite Books

Inspired by the late David Bowie’s 100 Favourite Books, I’ve recently been adding to my own list of the one hundred books which have inspired me, changed me, thrilled me or simply mean a whole lot to me. I’ve finally finished it, and it’s a real mixed bag. I read a lot from a wide […]

Some Notes On Self-Publishing Ebooks

I recently ran a writing group in my adoptive home-town of Wellington which focused on self-publishing. The following are my notes from my presentation where I spoke about my experiences self-publishing my ebook. A little bit about me I moved to Wellington in 2017 from Leicester in the UK. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and before […]

A Thank You

As a special thank you to all of my readers, followers, lurkers and friends, I am releasing “Last Chapter,” one of my favourite stories published in my new collection Dark Winds Over Wellington, for you to read online for free.* 📖 last-chapter-1.pdf * This story is copyright. Except for the purpose of fair review, no […]