Last Wednesday night was quiet and rainy. A small group of writers gathered for the Weekly Writing Race – our ranks were thinned by a cold rainy night and a few bouts of the flu. I hope everyone will be healthy this week and ready to come and race with us because we have a Special Guest Captain joining us: Mr Patrick O’Duffy.

Patrick is by day a commissioning editor for a major education publishing house, and by night a fiction writer.

In his own words:

‘His most recent project is publishing his own ebooks, as we all know ebooks are the future. His most recent book is the crime novella The Obituarist, the story of a social media undertaker who gets thrown into the heart of a mystery. A sequel will hopefully be coming out at the end 0f 2013.

His other ebooks are the mosaic novella Hotel Flamingo (a surreal dark fantasy story that’s a bit tricky to describe), the horror/dark fantasy anthology Godheads and Other Stories and the flash fiction anthology Nine Flash Nine.’

You can read more from Patrick on his blog (filled with informative yet humorous posts), or follow him on Twitter.

Our Exciting Line-up!

Now, I promised that I would announce the exciting line-up of Guest Captains we have for the Writing Races over the next few months. Here we go; clear your Wednesday night schedules and pencil in some writing time!

May 29th – Patrick O’Duffy

June 5th – Fiona Palmer

June 19th – Katherine Howell

June 26th – Kate Forsyth

July 10th – Christina Brooke

Come and join us on the Facebook page this Wednesday night at 7:50pm for an 8pm kick-off and keep your calendar clear for the Writing Races! If you are new to the Writing Races, or you need a refresher, take a look at our AWMonline Writing Race FAQs.


Amy Chatwin is a currently undertaking her Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at The University of Queensland. She has also attained a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) from Queensland University of Technology. She is based in Brisbane and blogs about food, books, running, and everyday abundance at Thoroughly Nourished Life.

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