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Writing is truly a solitary sport. Write-Acts, one of the groups I belonged to, folded recently; it had run its course and now its members have been freed up to go their own artistic way.

I've also opted out of the last remaining group I was in, the Phoenix Tanka Group, although the many facets of tanka writing are hard to resist. No doubt I will still write them when the muse occurs, but until then I will concentrate on the backlog of unfinished stories and scripts I have.

Last year I compiled an anthology of some of my works. It's called IN THE SHADOW OF GIANTS, a collection of very short stories, ballads, prose poetry, tanka, and plays. The short s/stories were written while a member of Southscape Writers and the plays are some of mine that have been performed at The Potato Shed in Drysdale. (near Geelong) It's available from BookPod in Melbourne or the e-version from Amazon and apple-iTunes, plus others. And I see it can be ordered from The Book Depository (Amazon) as well.

I've also had some children's stories illustrated by Bronte Stead, a very talented Geelong artist, for a picture book called, ZELDA'S CURSE, also printed and available through BookPod in Melbourne. An interesting facet is that I used some of my tanka as fillers, and did the same for IN THE SHADOW OF GIANTS.

Most of my stories start in Geelong, whether it be a location, local myth, legend, or several of those things, as in Sideshow Alley, Myvanwy and the House of Dragon, or RHUBARB. There are others to be finished as well about growing up in the district, and a tribute to my parents in their latter years. Those stories should have been finished by now but I got side-tracked while learning the art of scriptwriting; a logical extension of playwriting. A hard task when there's not much help locally. Although, the answer was simple enough; purchase up-to-date books on the subject and research the web.

Being a writer there is no shortage of material for scripts and they can be as short or long as you want. I have a few in progress and some earmarked for competition. That is the downside of scriptwriting. The market here is so small and even harder to crack. The only good thing about it is that I get to revisit the best of my works at the end of the day and adapt them. Meanwhile, the catalogue keeps growing.

As you can see from above, there are so many ways a writer can go and the world so crazy, it provides more stories each day.

What a wonderful game to be in.

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