National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO)

To all budding novelists and established authors, why don’t you join me in the 50,000 words a month writing challenge?  It’s fun, challenging and there are no prizes, other than the satisfaction of being a participant.   View here to join

Start your challenge midnight 1 November and end 30 November 2014

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My Lighting Diagrams eBook now has 22 reviews, placing it firmly on the Amazon Kindle best seller list for its category..

Here are some reviews of my book “Lighting Diagrams” from people who have recently bought it.

5 Stars
• October 12, 2014
“Practical and very helpful manual. A must have to help photographers and amateurs dealing with lighting.” By Simo B “Simo”

• October 1, 2014
“Really Short book. But, one of the most helpful books I have ever read.” By Lance Bedford (Dallas TX)

• September 19, 2014
“very good.” By Philippe Braem

• August 10, 2014
“I am such a visual learner and this book was just what I’ve been waiting for. So many tell you how to set up and place your lights but it can be confusing. The full diagrams in this book are perfect. They leave no doubt as to how to set up lighting. Thank you!
By Shad Young

• July 23, 2014
“Very helpful to a beginner. Recommended.” By Douglas Buckser.

4 ½ Stars
• October 12, 2014:
“Straight forward and simple! You can’t miss.” By Mr DJ (Needham, MA USA)

• October 9, 2014
“Just what I needed to start taking better photos asap. So clear, right to the point. Text, photo, diagram, done. Perfect.” By T. Lampe “Imagine That” (WNY, USA)

• September 11, 2014
“Cheap, simple, portable and handy.” By David

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#1 Best Seller on Amazon Kindle

My Lighting Diagrams eBook continues to be the #1 best seller on Amazon Kindle for its category.

There are 19 reviews with a rating of 4.5/5 stars

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Opportunistic Bush Turkey


I was feeding the parrots in my back yard and when I turned around, this bush turkey was helping himself at the buffet!

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King Parrot in My Back Yard

Over time, I have added quite a few images of birds and animals that frequent my small back yard, here in Forest Lake, Queensland.

This particular image of a King Parrot was snapped through the glass of our sliding door, hence  not the usual sharpness that I like in an image.  Nevertheless, a pretty bird just the same.


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Life after my First Novel

It’s amazing that it takes 8 months to write  novel.  I know some people can write a novel in less time than that, and good luck to them, but many people take longer than that.  I can honestly it takes as long as you want it to.  I could have finished it in 5 months but I needed a break towards the end, or did I just get fed up or was I procrastinating, as usual.?

Anyway, what now? Surprisingly, I have started three novels !  One is a follow up to Deadly Inheritance because I know the character so well.

Another is one that came out of the blue when I was watching a murder series. I thought that the only reason murderers get caught is because they’re stupid and leave clues or evidence behind, or it’s a crime of passion and they’re the obvious suspect.  Profilers see patterns and the serial killer gets caught.  What if there are no clues or evidence? What if there are no patterns at all? The germ of an idea hit me like the proverbial slap in the face!  I’m going to write a novel about a serial killer that develops an app that completely randomizes the art of killing.  Feed in the parameters like where, who, how and activate  – voila!  I’ll keep you up to date.

The third one is based on my experiences gained as an environmental health officer or food inspector.  A series involving a catering company that keeps being involved in food poisoning outbreaks.  The caterer asks her friend, the food inspector, to investigate the events and clear her name.  Intrigue, romance, it’s all there!

Oh yes, forgot to mention that I’m going to write the serial killer novel “Manifesto for a Serial Killer” as part of the 50,000 words in a month challenge on Nanowrimo (National Writing Novel Month) starting 1 November.   I’ll be posting my progress here, so bookmark it and wish me luck!

Why? I can you hear you asking yourself this.  It’s because, I never realized before what fun it is to write!

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My Wife’s First eBook

We have another published author in the family now!

My wife, Ivanka, has just published her very funny eBook on exercise and gym equipment.  Naturally, I recommend it and for the great value price of $1 (depending on the exchange rate) you can’t go wrong.

It is called “Not another Piece of Gym Equipment?” or “Confessions of a Couch Potato” and can be downloaded here Funny photo 3 edited_edited-2
Here’s a small taster!

“Have you ever sat on the couch and watched an infomercial with great delight? I do, and this is how my obsession with buying exercise equipment started. I became fascinated with all these new fandangle machines with promises to make you perfectly trimmed and toned, without much effort and I suppose they would if you use them more than once. Here I will give you a run-down of all the wonderful pieces of exercise equipment that I have bought and sold over the last 20 years.”

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