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You may have seen some recent media reports into the phenomenon of ‘internet addiction’ in young people. Dr Philip Tam, who has previously written a guest post on this blog on the topic of overuse of the internet, has launched a new website NIIRA with his colleagues to promote discussion, debate and dissemination of topics related to the internet and wellbeing. 

You can find lots of information there, including an article that I wrote, The Internet and Creative Writing: Opportunities and Challenges.

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…the contract for my first novel to be published!

I’ve been very quiet here recently, that’s because there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes. I’m thrilled to announce at last that my novel (provisionally titled ‘That Day’, but it may well change) will be published by Hachette Australia in early 2013.

I found out a couple of weeks ago that Hachette Australia wanted to make an offer, and the discussions around accepting that offer were taking place between myself, the publisher, and my agent while I was at — of all places — the zoo! So, in between the noises of lions roaring (literally – they were being fed or something) and monkeys hooting, I verbally accepted the offer and in the last couple of weeks the contract was drawn up and signed.

I’m very excited, even about the prospect of working on the novel again with professional editors, and seeing every stage of the process that turns a manuscript into a real book on the shelves. I’m also anxious about the fact that it is really happening, and that people will read and have an opinion on my novel. 2013 seems like a long way away, but I’m sure the time will go very quickly and I’ll be very busy.

For the moment though, I’m just enjoying the champagne…

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