Courage, kindess and a certain wtf

Courage, kindness and a certain wtf is a new venture by me. A subscription email where I share what’s on my mind as well as short pieces of fiction and maybe even snippets from my works in progress.

Come sign up for regular updates from me delivered right to your inbox!

There are free and paid subscription options. The free option will get you probably half of the content (although for the first while everything will be free), and the paid option is just US$50 for a year, and will et you access to everything I post.

Why did I start up a substack newsletter? well, put simply I am trying to make some more money. My contracting has been severely affected by my Long Covid, and I’m taking this as an opportunity to really work on my writing career and make it my main source of income. Paid subscriptions to my newsletter would absolutely help me achieve this goal!

That said, I appreciate each and every one of my subscribers, paid or otherwise.

Interested? Check it out here


Eleven Days of Witchy Fun

Want to celebrate Halloween with some contemporary Witchy Fiction? Each Witchy story is set somewhere in New Zealand and has a witch main character. You can expect a dash of romance, and a heaping helping of magic.

Jump over to the Witchy Fiction facebook page for freebies and giveaways in the lead up to Halloween. We have a new discount or giveaway each day, and several books are on sale for the duration.

Witchy Fiction facebook page

Witchy Fiction website


All the Witchy Fiction Books on Amazon


New releases to check out

A Howl Worth Writing About is a charity anthology of spooky stories around the theme: Howl. If you buy this collection, the profits go to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – a super great cause that gets books into the hands of kids in need.

My story is called “a summon, a howl” and was good fun to write, so check it out!

Clarity is the yearly anthology of flash fiction from Other Worlds Ink, a queer-run website for spec fic.

Clarity (noun)

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:

1) Coherent and intelligible

2) Transparent or pure

3) Attaining certainty about something

4) Easy to see or hear

Clarity features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

Monsters and Mayhem project

This collection is a collaboration between multiple authors in the MM (gay male) novel space, and they’re all retellings of classic Victorian horror stories. They’re being released at the moment, with a half dozen out already and more coming over Halloween and up to Scrooge at Christmas.


5 ways to rest

I’ve been in my house on Covid lockdown for two weeks. First Anna tested positive and then after a few days of looking after them, and sleeping in separate rooms, I started to feel like I had cold symptoms. I tested negative with a RAT two days before the third one came in positive.

It’s the first time I’ve been sick with a cold/flu since early 2020, but most of my tips and tricks for caring for a cold had been revisited already for looking after Anna. Anna’s covid case was thankfully relatively mild, mine wasn’t so much. It moved into my chest after two days and breathing started to be pretty difficult. Thankfully I had proactive advice from my doctor’s office and had a turbuhaler prescribed, which Anna was well enough to go and collect for me. This is all context for the meat of this post, which is that I have had an entire week of careful rest, so as to get better and to avoid Long Covid if I can.

A lot of my friends have expressed a difficulty with giving themselves time to rest, and then when they do have time, not knowing how to approach it. I get it, there’s always other things we could be doing. Chores, side-hustles, catching up on the ever-present to do list and so on. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t rest. So, here’s some of the things I do which allow my body and my mind to let go of all the ‘should’s and just rest.

  1. Sit and read. Best on a comfy chair with a soft, warm blanket and a cup of something hot – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, whatever you prefer, and a nice snack. If it feels too hard to give yourself the time to read, you can timebox it – just 30 minutes. You can spare that much, and if at the end of the 30 mins you want to keep reading, do it.
  2. Video games. I bought Mario Kart as soon as Anna tested positive, basically. We both have Nintendo Switches and this has been a great game for us to learn and play together, trying out the different characters and vehicles and just having a little fun. It engages the mind but it’s not taxing, and your body is resting. Plus, laughter is healing!
  3. Comfort watching. Now this could be old movies that you’ve loved in the past (I hit up Moulin Rouge and Titanic lately), it could be a beloved show that you’ve seen a thousand times before or it could be aesthetically pleasing Youtubers. Anna and I have watched an awful lot of Study for Success this week – it’s so beautiful to look at, and who doesn’t love to gaze at stationery?

5. Go take a nap. Here’s my trick with napping. I don’t stress about actually sleeping. I get comfortable, I make sure I’m warm in bed, and I put on something soothing to listen to. Maybe it’s my favourite acoustic album (Alt-J an Awesome Wave), or maybe it’s a podcast that I’ve heard before (Welcome to Night Vale, or Overdue are good options for me, personally). Then I close my eyes and just listen, and if I drift off well, that’s great, but if not, I’ve given my body some downtime.

That’s just 5 of the things I do to ensure I’m getting rest, and this last week I’ve been doing them all a lot. I hope it helped!

What do you do to rest?


KiwiRPG Week and my new game

This week is KiwiRPG Week! An excellent collective of Aotearoa based game designers, players and podcasters have teamed up to do some excellent things this week. If you’re interested in Tabletop RPGs and want to learn about my newest game, read on!

What’s KiwiRPG all about?

We have a sampler bundle on Itch and DriveThru (my game High School Princess and a small LARP called Quiet Day in the Library are included).

We’ve had some cool international attention as well, including an article on Gizmodo and a mention on GeekNative

The biggest excitement for me is today I launched my new game: Trading Places

Before I get into that, a shout out. My game isn’t the only one launching today, the esteemed Simon Carryer has released a D&D fan edit called Pyramid of the Undying which you should also check out!

Trading Places is a journaling game. It’s an introspective game about ordinary and extraordinary lives, and I’m very proud of it.

It’s about swapping bodies, a la Freaky Friday or the brilliant book The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. What if one day, you woke up in a body and a life that isn’t your own?

It’s run beautifully in playtests, with one game running full Hallmark Christmas movie, and another game going a lot more poetical and introspective about the nature of life. It’s a game which you can do a lot with, and I expect is only the first of many journaling games from me…

Buy Trading Places on Itch

Or on DriveThruRPG