September 12, 2011 in Dag

It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights

It’s time to pay tribute to one of the greatest influences on my writing. And it’s not another writer. It’s not even something that sits within the general genre of books. It’s the Muppet Show.In my opinion, the Muppet Show is one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th Century. It’s clever. It’s wonderfully

September 3, 2011 in Dag

Big news hatching

This weekend is a big news weekend!! The first major announcement to make is that the Flidderbugs have just hatched. Flidderbugs is my new ebook release. It’s a story about a strange race of insects who live on a very distinctive tree – the Krephiloff tree. And like the Flidderbugs themselves, the story is a

August 28, 2011 in Dag

Roll up, roll up: the indie author circus is coming to town

I went with my family to the circus the other day. Not one of those big Cirque de Soleil type spectaculars. This was a small-scale one, the kind that’s been wandering through the cities and towns of Australia for something like forty years. Although I have to say that even an old-school type of circus

August 14, 2011 in Dag

In Another World…

Last week I put up a post about books and merchandising. I thought this week I might post a story I wrote a few years ago which pretty much summed up my feelings on the whole idea of books as multi-media merchandising phenomenons. No prizes for guessing who the main subject of this story is…

August 8, 2011 in Dag

Selling your soul: Books and merchandising

One of our local papers has been running a big Harry Potter promo over the last few weeks, obviously in line with the new movie. I was watching the kids as they were sorting through all the various merchandising guff (mainly collector’s cards but also other stuff like wands) and thinking about the relationship between