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Why Sheppard (and Others) Say Geronimo

The success at last week’s ARIA awards of Brisbane band Sheppard and their irresistible hit Geronimo got me thinking – why does anyone shout ‘Geronimo’ before a leap into danger? Wasn’t Geronimo a 19th-century Native American warrior? Was his name … Continue reading


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Three Times the (Almost) Everything: on Writing a Trilogy

I learned today the precise Australian publication date for the second volume of Word Hunters (The Lost Hunters, to accord book two its subtitle). It’s 27 Feb. No idea why it’s a Wednesday, and I’m not planning to ask. But, … Continue reading

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Etymology Meets Lord of the Rings – the story behind Word Hunters

Okay, I can’t say Word Hunters is exactly ‘etymology meets Lord of the Rings’ – is anything? – but a while ago that seemed like a great line to open a pitch with. (It is young people on a challenging … Continue reading

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