Analogies to remember

Too often I speak in analogies. I find comparisons beautiful - they make it possible to articulate some of life's most wonderfully complex ideas. This is a notebook of all of my favourite analogies. I write them here to remember them for later.


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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is Emily Brontë's only novel. It was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, and a posthumous second edition was edited by her sister Charlotte. The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centres (as an adjective, wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to...

The Moonlit Corridor

The path the samurai chose was paved with self sacrifice, which he willingly accepted before taking the first step on a journey from which there was no turning back. Although trained to bravely embrace duty and the unexpected, he was not prepared for the supernatural nor a predestined love that reached out from beyond the grave.

Twenty Day Stalker

COMPLETE. Chris has tewnty days to stalk the love of his life before he leaves for good. Dr. Eric Marshall is trying to get through the last twenty days of his internetship without colliding with the head surgeon. Chris's small but anonymous gesture to help get Dr. Marshall through his last twenty days at the clinic might just be what...

Smile for the Coup D'état

Broke, drunk, and caught up in the mayhem of a military coup d'état in Thailand, Peter Harden and his dangerously charismatic friend, Joseph Tanner, double down on their pursuit of destructive obsessions. But the crimes that they have committed together are becoming increasingly hard to hide under the tumultuous new political order. ...

The Descent

When a diplomatic intercept is found to contain an item that could have disastrous effects on the Interplanetary Olympic Games, Denton Staxx has to take extreme measures to prevent the worst from happening.

To Become a Whale

The story of a young boy who has recently lost his mother, trying to make sense of the world of men and then embarking on a breathtaking adventure of his own - a stunning literary debut in the tradition of Favel Parrett's Past the Shallows and Tim Winton's An Open Swimmer. This is an extract from the book, published by Allen & Unwin.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 13 Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1903-1904, by Arthur Conan Doyle. The book was first published on March 7, 1905 by Georges Newnes, Ltd and in a Colonial edition by Longmans. 30,000 copies were made of the initial print run. The US edition by McClure, Phillips & Co....

Northern Arrows

As a child, a young village girl found a wolf in the forest. Years later, they live for the hunt. But all is not as it seems, and the two hunters have decided it is better to investigate on their own than to wait for things to fix themselves.

The Raven

"The Raven" is a narrative poem by the American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was published for the first time on January 29, 1845, in the New York Evening Mirror. Noted for its musicality, stylized language and supernatural atmosphere, it tells of the mysterious visit of a talking raven to a distraught lover, tracing his slow...


What happens when your secrets are exposed for everyone to see? Well in this story Rika finds out the reason why and puts an end to it.

strange tides

When Esme finds a sea serpent hatchling washed up on the beach and decides to look after it, her life becomes a lot more complicated. The serpentine cousins of dragons are known for attacking coastal cities like her home, and have been blamed for the death of her mother years before. But her new pet fills a hole burned in her heart by...

The Child Alive

Bel Caldwell is a veteran detective of the NYPD, working violent crimes. While battling problems in his own life, he is called to a chilling crime scene that destroys his notions of good and evil, bringing him deep into the darkness of the human soul — and a grudge that continues to remain, even after the body has been laid to rest.


Meet Amy: 28 years old, cat owner, single and a self-made high ranking employee of the Onyx Publishing House. If her subordinates were to be asked though, all they would say was that she was a crazy cat lady who no man ever wanted, and quite frankly, she was not all that bothered. Little did she know that her structured existence was...

The Marriage Contract

Mark's father forces his hand into proposing marriage to the one woman, who can make him happy. Sarah has been hurt in the past by men she should've been able to trust. Both are haunted by their pasts. Can they overcome them and find true love with one another or are they doomed from the start?

Oliver Twist

The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a London peopled by vivid and memorable characters — the arch-villain Fagin, the artful...

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray is young, rich and jaw-droppingly handsome - what more could he want? Never-ending youth? That is what he desires, and by golly, does he get what he wants! When Dorian has a respectable painter paint his portrait, he wishes that he could stay youthful forever, and his wish is granted. Instead of Dorian becoming old, his...

Sense and Sensibility

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two strikingly different sisters. On their father's death, the Estate goes to their brother John who, encouraged his his wife, goes against his father's wishes of looking after his sisters and step-mother. They retire to a cottage in Devonshire, but not before Elinor and Edward Ferras become mutually...

Little Women

Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there's tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there's Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of...

Desperation: A Story of Illusions, Magical and Otherwise

Desperation is a fantasy serial, a soap opera with magic, told piece by piece, slowly, to allow reader participation in moving the adventure forward. It begins with six very desperate individuals and the decisions they make to escape their dilemma: a gypsy with forbidden magic, a street rat struggling to be more than just the token...


In his first battle with the great white whale, Captain Ahab lost his leg. Living with the constant reminder of his failure, Ahab gathers a second expedition, with the singular purpose of hunting and killing the beast that crippled him. Told from the perspective of crew-member Ishmael, the hunt for Moby Dick leads the crew ever further...

Sensenderfer: to the Moon!

Come join the humorous adventures of the incomparable Count Sensenderfer as he launches into the 1870 race to the moon. Never before have the events of this moon race been told by a direct participant. If by some extraordinary circumstances you are not familiar with this intrepid figure, then jump on board the mighty airship...

The Deputy and the Dancer

In this second installment of the Fayehallow series, we go further into the lives of Maggie Cummings and Dan Elliott. Most of their acquaintance has been tainted with hostility. However, when Maggie's life is threatened, Dan does his best to protect her and comes to realize his hostility hides his deep attraction for her. Can they look...

Menopause and Men

Take a read of the town of Driftwood. A crazy group of woman and men that somehow learn to coexist in a community that's far from perfect but makes imperfection look so dam good. Strap yourself in.Down a couple of quiet ones and take the trip of your life. To Driftwood that is.........

Pride and Prejudice

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." Adversaries at first in the endless rounds of balls, parties and social gatherings, they soon develop a grudging respect for one another that blossoms into romance when each comes to appreciate the tender feelings that...


Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon...

A Tale of Two Cities

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love...

The Passion of Hate

What happens when the bonds of two families combined into one will come face to face with a strange twist that will change everyone's lives forever? Leda, a mundane, young woman, will have to deal with two reappearances in her life: her ex-boyfriend's and her step-brother's. Will she manage to keep a balance in her everyday...

Jane Eyre

Orphaned as a girl and raised by an abusive aunt, Jane grows into a woman with a deep sense of morality and the courage to resist injustice. As Brontë's novel follows her path to adulthood, Jane struggles with poverty, the restraints of social conventions, and a forbidden romance with her employer Mr. Rochester. Brontë dives into a...

We are the gray

Dangling by a thread she must choose between leaving the man with blood on his hands, or dating the man she thinks is everything she needs, wants, and yearns for. But the second man has a much darker secret as he lures her for a trap like a cat. Her best friend’s death is like a cold reminder of the life she left behind as the...

X Marks the Spot

Ted Baker, Private Investigator. His latest case is a simple skip trace. He's got to find missing geologist Cluff Papas and find him fast. It's a bread and butter job and Ted needs the cash. What could go wrong? How about murder.

Beyond the Milky Way

When seven strangers receive a letter from the president of the United States, they have no idea what the government would want from them. They find out their mission as they gather in Washington, DC: to become the Earth representatives in an intergalactic race. The Earth team will travel beyond the Milky Way for an experience of their...

Life of a Government Kid

Emma is a twin, her world is turned upside down when she's forced into the care of the government. Anything she says and does is recorded by people who pretended to care. These are recordings from real life events of Norma Faith. She has changed some names to protect identity.


Serena and Eli have known each other for as long as they could remember, with their parents being the best of friends and all but that doesn’t mean that they have to get along as well. Serena always thought that being a basketball prodigy destined for the pros has made Eli obnoxious and she finds his inflated ego out of this world. ...


Alice and her brother Jove are walking. They've got a couple of Icy Poles, a kid they found at the park, and a man driving a Coke truck, and they're headed for the Murray River. But things go awry, as things do. The kid from the park isn't quite what he seemed. Actually, he and Jove are identical. Doppelgangers. Equal parts mystery...

Something to Live For

The soul-matching service is coming up on its 100th anniversary, and people couldn't be happier. Science has benefited the human race by making things simple and matching everyone up with the one person they're meant to be with. Katia is a skeptic, for sure, but like everyone she'll give it a chance. What's the worst that can happen?...

Indoctrinate Me

At just 11 years old, Evelyn Winter was sold by her family to the U.S government during the war. She has no idea why or what is to come. During her adventure she uncovers a dangerous truth that could bring the whole system down but will she be able to hold onto herself as they try to break her? Follow her on her journey as she finds...


Flavio stared at her silently, like he was cramming her features and after several long minutes he finally spoke. “You're having doubts.” Katalynna bit her lip; she was lost for words. She didn’t know if she wanted to agree with him or tell him to kiss her so she nodded; she went with the truth. “So many.” She let out of her...


Do you want to know what I feel? Do you want to know what fills my soul and gets me going through the day? Nothing. That was until my world flipped upside down. What i thought would ruin my life actually saved it. Yep, she saved my life.


A clown's meteoric rise to political fame. This story contains adult language & themes, sophomoric language & themes, lots of drinking, even more womanizing, criminal acts depicted humorously and humorous acts depicted criminally. There is enough in this story to offend everyone.

I'm not a cyborg's pet: The smart girl's guide to surviving the robot apocalypse

Feisty 19 year old, Jenny Banks is thrown into a dystopian nightmare as a robot uprising run by dark Artificial Intelligences takes over the world. Captured and slave collared by robots, Jenny is sent to slave school and then sold to the notorious but mysterious Cyborg called Lord Rockwood. Can she survive being 'up cycled' as a...

Africa to the ASX

Paul Greenberg is a pioneer of Online Retail in Australia. Affectionately dubbed the " Grandfather" of online retail in Australia, his rollicking tale of entrepreneurship recounts a wild ride from Africa, to his company listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. Told with humour and a gritty truth, his story is proof that small failures...

Helix (Episode 1)

A spy hunter. A rogue operative. A secret war that could destroy them both. Olesya is just an ordinary girl from post-Soviet Russia, but that changes when the clandestine Fifth Column discover her rare genetic anomaly. Taken from her home and ensnared in a special training program, Olesya is destined to become a black operative, or die...


Semi-finalist in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards - Humor category Neville Lansdowne fell off the world. Actually, he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up. Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy which relates the events that befall...


April Caulfield has inherited her father's company, the first ever producers of a full-immersion, virtual reality mmorpg! However, something isn't quite right in this virtual world, and as financial troubles in the real world threaten the very existence of Coppion, the mysterious Hoax will do anything to keep this virtual world alive,...


COMPLETE. Gay Adult - They met in prison and somehow the love they shared would never allow them to let each other go. A story of two men's struggle over time, who never truelly came to accept the one they loved was of the same sex.

The Betrayal

Eighteen year old, Cory holidays with his family in the Blue Mountain Nations Parks prior to beginning University in Melbourne. While there he encounters three men who will shape his future. A generations old bloodline ascends upon the teenager and it doesn't take him long to realise with every full moon, he has a gift he must hide....

Same Day

June 7th. 7AM - Midnight. For Laura (or Becky, or Jana, or half a dozen other names, depending on her mood), that's been the day for as long as she can remember. She should be old and feeble, or dead, but instead she's stuck in her twenties, with no consequences and only the rules the world has given her, until they're shattered to...

The Language of Love

14th February is St Valentine’s Day, the day for lovers when love can truly lead us astray. Love has its own language, messy and complicated and not always saying what we mean it to and no more so then St Valentine’s Day. This complete short story is about a Valentine Card, the man who receives it and the breathlessly hoping woman who...

Safety Information

Pay attention to the safety information at the beginning of each plane flight because it might save your life, they say. But the narrator of this complete story pays attention to it because he dreams of being a hero. Then the day comes when he can get his chance, but...


When Detective Rex Murdoch sets about a new case in a new town, he's taken aback when he finds every single person he meets is an absolute idiot. Can he join the dots and work out why the entire town has the IQ of a stuffed teddy bear? Or will he find that living in a world gone stupid is actually more dangerous than he realises? The...


This is a collection of short stories, short plays and poems that are united in their dealings with relationships, exhaustion, isolation and sex. I hope they'll make you laugh and sigh in recognition.

Your Friends Who Do Designer Drugs

After a somersault off the rooftop of a swanky Philadelphia hotel, handsome playboy, Benji, is dead. Jackson Blake is a 24-year-old tormented soul who is accused of murder by his circle of affluent friends and hauled away to an interrogation room at two AM. Out of meds, yet unusually calm, Jackson wants to prove his innocence. He...

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house... From the 13th century Persian poet, Islamic dervish and Sufi mystic. Rumi is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects

Startup Playbook

We spend a lot of time advising startups. Though one-on-one advice will always be crucial, we thought it might help us scale Y Combinator if we could distill the most generalizable parts of this advice into a sort of playbook we could give YC and YC Fellowship companies.

The Missing Guide to Tinder for Unconventional 30-somethings

Where are the ground rules for a dating app such as Tinder? What is it like for a 30-something to choose the dating app Tinder over or eHarmony? What are the unspoken stages for Tinder dating? What is the difference between Tinder-monitored texting and talking online on my own service or device? Safety suggestions and so much...


NANOWRIMO 2015 so please ignore all nonsense; Self-publishing is outlawed. Only approved books make it through the big publishers to the shelves. Aspiring authors meet in secret to get the latest and greatest novels, and anyone hoping to read them is constantly on the run. Don't get caught, or you suffer the same fate as the books that...


"When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, their answers aren't usually taken seriously... I always told them I just wanted to be happy. "

The Deathberries

In the strange world of Laviver, where fruit have assumed human form, the arrival of the symbol of death signals the beginning of the final war before the end of the world. This version is in a draft state and will include all the fun stuff of writing including typos, plot holes and strange-sounding sentences.


Since the day he was born, Fate has been able to see every part of a person's future just by looking at them, plaguing his mind with their love, their loss, and ultimately, their death. When he stumbles across a group of teenagers, he drags them into the world of Visionaries, humans with an extra layer of sight that others don't have....


Adam is a seventeen year old boy nothing unusual about that. Except the world he lives in lost its men, first by accident, and then deliberately. He is the most valuable commodity on the planet, at least his sperm is. So when he escapes from the home he lives in the company that owns him wants him back...,badly, and they will use any...

The Dead in Venice

"What do they do with the dead in Venice?" That question has haunted killer-for-hire Hank "Silk" Strauss for most of his career. Here at the end, with one final contract to carry out, and the Boss' nephew-in-law along for the ride, maybe he'll get his answer.

Hardly Hard

A year and a half ago, Ashley Wilkes Hard received an award from the mayor of New York City for being the NYPD's top homicide detective. Today however, due to an unfortunate psychotic meltdown at a local strip joint, he thinks--his penis talks to him. Resigned to his new station in life as a groundskeeper at the Newport Architectural...

Nathan Farrugia on digital publishing and the importance of near-death experiences

I recently sat down with Nathan Farrugia, Australian author of the Fifth Column series. His first novel, The Chimera Vector, is a number one bestseller on the Amazon and iBooks stores, and also claimed the title of Apple iBooks Thriller of the Year. We chatted about the trials and tribulations of publishing digitally, as well as his...


Joseph Lydell and his mother Chelsea flee their country at the outbreak of war. The long path to freedom forces Chelsea to confront secrets that put both her and her son in danger. When every turn leads them farther into danger, the Lydells must learn to be comfortable with what they have, rather than strive to reclaim what they had.

The Bloody Unicorn

Nitz Taescrill, a violent-tempered deposed pixie empress, looks to gain revenge on her sister, Empress Janai, by hiring the elusive assassin the Pale Rat of Schetzera to kill her. But she needs coin and information first, rarities in the world of Splatter-Elf. Together she joins with shapeshifting, gender-bending warlock Wormwheel to...

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Story has been deleted Visit the author's Wattpad page: Published work via Wattpad: Si Mary Christmas (Book 1 of 3) Si Mary Christmas-Soon to be Lopez (Book 2 of 3) Si Mary Christmas Lopez-SOON (Book 3 of 3) He's Taming The Lesbian (The tamer series book 1) She's Taming The Dominant (The...


The story follows a young woman named Scarlett DuMort who is a nurse who is very good at her job, but, one day when a patient dies on her watch, something strange happens. She notices a person standing in the corner who shouldn't be in the room at all, and when she goes to tell him so, the man is astounded that Scarlett can see him. He...

The Chimera Vector

Sophia is a deniable operative, recruited as a child and genetically enhanced. After a botched operation in Iran, Sophia becomes an instrument in a dangerous game of subversive warfare. When she goes rogue, the chase is on... High-speed chases, gun fights, helicopter battles, immortal psychopaths, super soldiers and mutant abilities...

Blade of the Archon

A story I worked on a long time ago about a teenager and his friend who can't stay out of trouble. They get wrapped up in a revolution, and the main character Draken gets dragged into even bigger things that end up pulling him in too many directions, so he has to choose between his home, his family, what he thinks is right, and what...


This is an experimental book for Nanowrimo. I am currently in the slumps of a depression and have thus decided to make this novel a rant/journal/memoir which I will update daily throughout November. This being said, it should probably not be read by anyone.

Dojin 土人

Dale is an ordinary chinese bloke suffering from cancer, turning to an American Government Experiment travelling to a new world through a Dimension Gate to save his family from financial ruin. But things don't go according to plan, Dale discovers the lies of his own world and that he is anything but ordinary.

The Good Work Book: How to enjoy your job & make it spiritually fulfilling

Totally stressed out at work? Your job is boring, but you don't know how to change it? Want a job that makes your heart sing, or one that makes a difference? In a fascinating new approach to C21st work challenges, The Good Work Book shows readers how to transform their personal experience of unsatisfying jobs through brain...

The Shakespeare Murders

Thomas Brown is a high school English/History teacher who lives in Western Sydney. He interrupted his studies in Forensic Science at university when his mother was disabled in an accident, leaving him responsible for his elderly parent's care. An old friend, now a police detective, calls him in to help solve a series of baffling...