A Condor Confrontation Atop the Scaffolding

I always get stuck on the dumbest things when I’m writing short stories. Thing is, the tiniest details are important to me; in a story of only 2000 or so words, the smallest thing can tell you loads about a person. Like, take the main character I have right now, who has been just impossible. […]

Being inspired by the inspirational

I think it’s finally time that I go back to uni. I know, I know, that’s a bit of a big sweeping statement, but just hear me out. I dropped out of uni about two years ago because, frankly, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. The whole thing was really just a […]

Did you become your childhood dream?

In the Western world, we’re so obsessed with individualism and uniqueness. We tell our kids, ‘You can be anything you want.’ and ‘Aim high’. It’s good in a way because it gives people a sense of freedom and inspires ambition. But on the other hand, it sets kids expectations too high and most people invariable […]

Alive and Still Boating

They think me dead…but not so! It is I, Byrav! I know, faking your death is a bit old-fashioned nowadays, but I have quite a stash of money outside my estate that’ll do quite nicely until I’m actually dead. In the meantime, I just wanted to see how people would react once they know I’m […]

Come to Jandakot, We Have Play Centres!

Being appointed head of tourism for a sleepy hamlet. Not really how I thought my evening was going to go, but my motto is always making the best of things. Best get stuck in! I’ve been going along to Jandakot council meetings for a few months now. It’s so quiet here, there’s not usually much […]

The Net Fiend’s Last Job…

Argh, foiled in my humanitarian plot! I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for that meddling amateur detective and his inexplicable canine companion! I did what I did for the best reasons. I have nothing against tennis, elderly people, sports netting or Keymore’s sporting scene in general. I stole those nets […]

Videography, for My Own Harmony

I just got back from possibly the worst self-help seminar in the history of forever. It was supposed to help us deal with our severe anger issues by teaching self-acceptance, but all it really achieved was making me want to punch the speaker right in his stupid flat nose. ‘Describe yourself in five positive words!’ […]

My Quiet, Stylish Neighbours

It’s true, you don’t see many Buddhist temples that look exactly like a large, classy, eastern-suburbs home. Maybe that’s a good thing. They actually call themselves Zennists, and I can’t really speak out against them because they’re just the quietest of neighbours. I never hear a single thing from them about anything, really. So long […]

Encouragements for the Klutzes

The way I see it, when people say they’re ‘uncoordinated’, they don’t mean anything other than the super basic stuff. Like, they can’t do a cartwheel. They fell over that one time and now they call themselves the clown of their friendship ground because they’re just SO wacky. It’s not a real lack of coordination, […]

Running from the Reaper

Tomorrow, I am going to a meeting where, for the first time ever, I will be discussing succession planning in Melbourne. Sadly no, that does not mean that I am going to sit in a dimly lit room and plot to overthrow the king, thus securing a higher place in the line of succession for […]