William Safire

William Safire’s Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully… Read more »

Census spies (part 2)

Following on from my surprise finding that New Zealand’s 2018 online census website is infested with third-party spies, I decided to look at it from the perspective of another browser… Read more »

Census spies

March 6 is census night here in New Zealand, and this morning Radio NZ reported that 1.7 million people have already completed their forms online. Time to do the same,… Read more »
Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Four publishing lessons in four minutes

In 1995, my first novel, Telling Stories, won the Reed Fiction Award for the best unpublished novel. The prize was $5,000, a flight to the Dunedin Writers Festival to receive… Read more »
Ian Rankin, Writer

5 Quotes from Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin is author of 21 Inspector Rebus novels along with 20 others. He’s also written plays, graphic novels, short stories and an opera(!).           Photo… Read more »
Lightbeam lets you spy on web spies

Lightbeam lets you spy on web spies

Lightbeam is a simple browser add-on for Firefox that lets you spy on web spies. More specifically, it reveals the full extent of all those behind-the-scenes connections websites make as… Read more »

Hypnotist hypnotises himself

Book review Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter by Scott Adams (My rating: click here.) The basic premise of Scott Adams latest book, written during and… Read more »

Still time to enter the Mogford Short Story Prize

There’s still a few weeks left to enter the Sixth Annual Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize. The prize is worth £10,000, the contest is open to anyone of… Read more »

Bad Sex Day Tomorrow

The winner of the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award will be announced tomorrow (30 November). The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to poorly written,… Read more »

Send your money to the toilet!

Malaysian Travel Scratchie Scams I knew I’d won at least $100,000 even before I’d scratched the cards. I was so confident, I took before and after shots to prove it… Read more »