Hello again! The Green Castle is re-opening. :)

Hello again,

I am happy to re-open the main doors and lower the drawbridge of The Green Castle and resume the blogging activity about the vast range of Speculative Fiction. 🙂

The months-long ‘closing the castle’ time was unplanned. After the post about experiences at Conflux9/NatCon in Canberra over the Anzac Day Long Weekend, many other things started to demand attention…and the blogging momentum was lost. The blog itself wasn’t forgotten, though: I took some notes of new ideas for things to blog about, investigated more  Speculative Poetry and started writing some, saw some new movies including the new ‘Star Trek’ one – and one or two that were ‘old classics’ but I hadn’t seen them myself. Magazines such as SFX and SciFiNow also gave me many hours of interest-filled reading.

I want to resume blogging at The Green Castle at least a couple of times a week. My increasing interest in Speculative Poetry, both in terms of reading and writing it, will get a fair bit of blog-post space from now on. Short personal essays on various aspects of specfic will also ‘get an airing’. 🙂  This blog also seems to offer a good incentive to write some micro-fiction/flash fiction and also share some information about ultra-short story forms and maybe links to related author interviews on websites/blogs, plus any promising writers’ guides that deal specifically with these forms of stories.

My first post of my own recent/new writing is coming up very shortly, in a separate post.

For now: welcome back to The Green Castle! 🙂

cheers, Tim


Building the Link Library for ‘The Green Castle’

Hello and welcome again to The Green Castle!

Today I am starting to build the ‘link library’ part of the blog, to make a handy framework for the ongoing task of organising links for various aspects of the huge specfic ‘world’.  Some of the library’s categories will include: author interviews, general information resources such as glossaries and newsletters, news about and links to sites for upcoming conventions, sources of reviews and other commentaries on movies/books/podcasts, etc.

The Link Library is intended to be a major side-bar feature, so that it can be easy to refer to but not become an unwieldy set of posts. I will start with various sources of links that I already have and make a regular (ideally, a few times a week) scan of promising sites/lists of links.

If you, the readers, know of or come across a link to something you are confident is a genuinely useful source, please feel free to leave a comment and link/s for me to check out. In saying that, please make an honest disclosure of interest if the link/s is/are to something you have an interest in -e.g a link to an official convention site which you are involved in organising/promoting/will make a presentation at/have made a donation to its committee. In turn, I will undertake to disclose any personal interest I will/may have for posting a link in the Links Library section e.g  to a writers’ group I am in. I’m asking this (of this blog’s readers in general and of myself as the blogger) right at the beginning, in order to help maximise the reliability and honesty of the information and sources provided by this blog in particular, and to aid the general long-term interests of speculative fiction.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Yours in the great world of specfic,


Hello and welcome to my new blog, ‘The Green Castle’.

Hello and welcome to my new blog, The Green Castle. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

I created this new blog mainly to focus on my increasing interest in speculative fiction and to showcase some speculative fiction that I will be writing. Also, discussing ‘specfic’ with fans, writers, editors, librarians, publishers, convention organisers and new converts, is a very important part of what I hope the blog can do.

Initially, I thought of calling this blog The Green Asteroid, but after some more thought in the pre-setup planning stage I decided a castle would be a more useful general concept in the longer term. That could be especially true for a blogroll, accumulating list of my own book reviews and setting up extra categories for writing about/within other parts of the speculative fiction range – and all that content wouldn’t be so easy to fit on an asteroid. 🙂

Rather than try promising a daily blog, I’ll be aiming to do a variety of posts on a weekly basis and trial that level of activity for at least  the next few months. As I continue developing the range of blog contents,

Here’s to great times at The Green Castle!