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My top 5 albums/EPs from 2023

#5 – Solace by Iress

Genre: Doomgaze

Best answer to the question, “What is doomgaze?”

Some people have a resting bitch face. I feel I have a resting doomgaze soul.

If I had to describe what it sounds like in my head, being introverted and melancholic, Iress would come pretty close.

If you’re like me and can be at peace with feeling low, if slow and pensive moods often feel like home, then maybe the slow beauty of Solace may also resonate with you. This EP is haunting yet familiar, sad but beautiful and honest.

#4 – Brain Worms by RVG

Genre: Alternative

Best Australian Album

An album of my youth, only a few decades late.

Remember being young and not quite fitting in the world? Do you still feel that way some days? There’s something about Brain Worms that draws me back into such times and places.

As a young man, who often couldn’t find the right words to say, the songs on Brain Worms are like an understanding friend who ‘gets it’.

RVG has a wonderful unique sound, which also conjures up the vibes of many classic Aussie bands. There is a wonderful vulnerability in the lyrics, covering various themes, that forms an intimacy between band and listener.

#3 – Inevitable by NONE

Genre: DSBM*

Best album that got me though.

What? He’s so nice and pleasant. He’d never listen to DSBM!

* (If you don’t know what DSBM is, then you will not like this. Don’t even try. Move on. You have been warned.)

2023 was a hard year. Some days, honestly, were a struggle. Sometimes anger and anguish could be put aside. But sometimes, I needed to time-out and step into the pain, to acknowledge it, to own it – and then step back and continue onward.

In a way that many people will never understand, Inevitable gave my soul rest.

Also, the opening track Never Came Home fits perfectly with my drive to work. Seriously, it syncs flawlessly with the roads, intersections and the one bridge in the middle. It even falls into a quiet outro, just as I pull into the car park. It’s freaky!

#2 – Hunger by Maggot Heart

Genre: Post Punk

Best album I randomly stumbled across.

Full of awesome lyrics that get stuck in my head.

Deciding between spots one and two on this list was hard. Ultimately it came down to checking which I had listened to the most.

Hunger combines so many aspects of music that I love. There’s elements of metal, the driving bass of hard rock, and the lyrical delivery of punk. And then there are moments of brass and piano that shift this album from great to awesome.

The album is a collection of strong individual songs. This means I might skip around it – listening to this track here, and then jumping over to another. Sometimes a single song will pop into my mind, and I must find and listen to it.

There’s also a great energy that Maggot Heart brings here. Despite being a studio album, it can feel like you’re just chillin’ in the band room while Maggot Heart are jamming it out.

Just missed the list…
– Spine by Myrkur
– Overtures of Uprising by Exulansis
– 93696 by Liturgy
– A.S.O. by A.S.O.

#1 – Keres by Euphrosyne

Genre: Post Black Metal

Best EP to just sit and listen to the full experience from start to end.

Simply undefinable.

(Okay. Yes. Technically this EP was released late 2022, but I’m still counting it.)

Some music you just play in the background. For other recordings, you need to set everything aside and permit yourself to stop, zone out, and go on the full journey. Keres is one such recording.

From the soft saxophone beginnings, one could be mistaken that this will be a smooth experience, but Euphrosyne will then throw a listener into tumultuous blast beats and guttural lyrics – not for the meek – only to shift again into clean lyrics, and drop in and out of an ambient calm.

In only 30 minutes, it feel like you’re living the highs, lows, pains and tribulations of life. And, if you’re anything like me, you become swept up and emotionally overwhelmed by the time you reach the anthemic climax of Within The Age. I mean, when the sax kicks in, I’m one hundred per cent lost in the moment. Goosebumps and tears.

The very last short track, by contrast, is perfectly low-key and soft, as if Euphrosyne knew the listener would need a moment to pause and reflect on the journey they’ve just encountered.

Or maybe that’s just me.

November = NaNoWriMo

This November, I am taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

Have I thrown away all hopes and dreams of screenwriting? No, it just feels healthy to mix it up a bit.

In Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic, she states that “What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.” In other words, I should take my writing very seriously. But also, don’t take it seriously at all.

Of late, my screenwriting has been focused on revising, polishing and preparing for contests and other opportunities – all pretty “serious” work. So, doing NaNoWriMo is a chance to write with no real seriousness. There is no major agenda or important result sought. For me, it’s just about getting back to the fun of storytelling.

Also, the story I hope to amateurishly novelise is based on an interaction I had way back when I worked as a driveway attendant. It’s a story I’ve attempted to write up as a screenplay treatment for a few times, and it has never quite come together right. So, maybe a roughly written novel will tease out the story instead.

Whatever happens, it should be kind of fun, and maybe there’s a screenplay still waiting to be developed from this idea.

I am king of TV?

I’m only an emerging writer – but it’s still nice that somebody left me this message in a workplace bathroom.

Original message: You are looking at the person responsible for safety.
And no. I didn’t do the alterations.


There once was a man who had sticks for bones. They worked fine. He had to be a little cautious around fire. And yes, they weren’t quite as robust as bones, but they did their purpose well enough.

The only real problem was when his “bones” started to sprout. I mean, having leaves and buds growing inside one’s flesh. Yeah, a little awkward, to say the least.

“The best moments (of life) usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi : Flow.

Three Guys

Part one: Shooting the short film.

Earlier this year, I met director Shaun Hume and we got talking. As we each passionately discussed our own projects we became excited by the idea of doing a project together. I would be the writer, he would be the director, and we would both produce it.

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Ninety-nine ‘no’s

To be a screenwriter, you need a tough skin and a tough mind.

Every time you get a ‘no’; it hurts. Even when it is given in the nicest possible way, it’s still a kick in the guts. Any little doubt you have about yourself will come to the surface of your mind and jab at you relentlessly; you’re worthless. Everything you do is a waste. You’re an idiot for ever thinking you could ‘make it’. Nothing you ever do, no matter how hard you try, will ever amount to anything, ever.

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“Truth be told, as I get older, I am more interested in being true to my own strengths and values. Less and less do I care what others are, or are not doing. I think there’s a secret to success here, after all, to be successful you need to be something unique. I feel this is something one can’t create, but rather has to discover within themselves.”

– Kryz Woodhouse

Look around…

Is the world a shitty place?

Judging by Facebook, the local news, or by the conversations we hear at a cafe or on a bus, things aren’t good. Jenny feels screwed over by her phone company. That ‘other’ government is a threat to our national security. The crooked-toothed woman who smells of cat piss can’t understand why the city council hasn’t done anything about that pedestrian crossing down near the shops and if it was up to her she’d put in lights there so that the cars had to stop because it’s only a matter of time before… blah… blah… blah… Continue reading

Don’t bleed onto the page.

If you don’t enjoy your writing, then don’t write.


If you’re one of those people who likes to moan about what your writing is costing you, if you count every sacrifice you make for your craft like the universe owes you for the debt, if you believe your work is not worthwhile unless it is a great burden, causing you relentless personal and spiritual pain…

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A statement

If I had a chance to say one thing to this world, it would be this:

Hang on.

Hang on and keep hangin’ on. No matter what happens, or what is going on in your life, there is always – ALWAYS – a glimmer of hope. Continue reading

You Will Do Better

So, you’ve written something wonderful, but now you’re scared that someone else will ruin it?

We’ve all heard horror stories of projects that were destroyed by a scam, turned into a disaster by an incompetent production team, or got bogged down in pedantic red-tape until they drowned. Could that happen to you? Could your beloved, wonderful project end up being ruined, cheated, abused or squashed?

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Against the Current: Moving Forward When the World is Pushing You Backward

Trying to juggle your writing with a job, a family, a home, all while trying to keep your health and your mind together? Well, it’s not easy. It’s not for the uncommitted. And it does take its toll.

I’m going to be brutally honest with you. Sometimes this writing life becomes too much. The demands of everything around me can swell to a point where I become physically, mentally and spiritually drained. I feel like an old sponge; strangled dry and left crinkled, shrivelled and grey amidst a pile of unwashed dishes.

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