Smoph's musings

Just my thoughts on the world

We Will Rock You: 2016 Australian tour 

In the comfort and opulence of Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, the last flames of rock burn on the iplanet. The dreamer remembers the music long forgotten, suppressed by Globalsoft. With the music catalogue of Queen all ready for rock opera, all it took was Ben Elton to update the in-jokes. Sunday’s performance was my first experience […]

Repost: 5 Steps to Good Writing

This may just be the narrative inside my head. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? 1. Write. Sit down and write. 2. No. Turn off the solitaire. No, don’t open the web browser. For crying out loud, stop distracting yourself. 3. That is not the TV remote. Seriously. There isn’t even anything you want […]

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: NZ indie film fun

New Zealand comedy: romping the field

Book review: Eyrie, Tim Winton

It is easy to sum up Tim Winton’s Eyrie: impossible heights. Tom Keely starts out as an unsympathetic protagonist; an impoverished addict after his life came crashing down (ugly divorce, end of his high-faluting environmental advocate career), seemingly without a care for anyone but himself. If you can get past Winton’s first bloated chapters dwelling […]

It is not a protest vote

Warning: rant ahead.  I am a voter in the electorate of Higgins. Higgins, a (possibly formerly) safe Liberal seat, in previous terms boasting most recently an Assistant Treasurer (Kelly O’Dwyer) and formerly a Treasurer who would never be PM (Peter Costello). In a shocking development for the LNP, Higgins has been polling strongly for the […]

Cleverman: reflections on Australia

Containment, a new episode of Cleverman, dystopian indigenous superhero science fiction series premiered in Australia tonight. Ryan Griffen and the Cleverman team are certainly making sure that we will remember the show. “But you have to decide who it is you want to be,”  Virgil (Lynette Curran) says to Latani (Rarriwuy Hick) and sets up the whole […]

Australian stories: a superhero rises in Cleverman

I’m chomping at the bit tonight to see the debut of the new Australian superhero, Cleverman. On ABC2 we will get to not only get an Australian story, but one lovingly cultivated from Indigenous Australian stories, telling those stories with their own voices. The Dreaming Awakens. #Cleverman (finally) starts tonight 9.30pm. — ABC TV Australia […]

April round-up

So what can I say about last month… Greg and I got MARRIED! I know…I feel like a grown-up. The stress of it had been driving me nuts. My bride-slaves Lauren, Alexis and Nirvana kept me (mostly) on track (they did their best) and sane. Greg put up with me and now he’s stuck with […]

Post it note poetry month & February round-up

I did imagine doing this post somewhat earlier this month, but here we are. A few discoveries came out of February and some good times writing short poetry and prose. Plus a lovely gift. First of all, I’ll point you to this post of Jodi Cleghorn’s explaining Post-it Note Poetry month. This is my second […]

Contact 2016: Geekery in Bris Vegas

What’s the deal? Contact 2016 is the 2016 iteration of the National Speculative Fiction convention (NATCON). It’s the premier con that’s also associated with the Aurealis and the Ditmar awards this year. (The Ditmar Awards are the premier science fiction awards for Australia, whereas Aurealis Awards are awards for all speculative fiction). It’s running in Brisbane […]