Welcome to the chronicle of Mark Webb’s attempts to be an author specialising in speculative fiction.

You can find out a little about me, see what I’m working on at the moment, check out what I’m reading and watching or look at some links to other websites that I’ve found useful as a writer getting started. Please leave some comments on any posts in the news or musings areas of the site or leave general comments over at the contact page.

A list of my published work can be found on the bibliography page.

(This site is also an affiliate for the Australian speculative fiction magazine Dimension6. You can download the latest issues here or look under the Links menu item above)

Some recent, still relevant posts

Catch up December 2013 – March 2014 – mini reviews

Created April 14, 2014. Last modified April 15, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

This post contains the first of my “reviews in brief” for books I’ve read. Normally this will be a monthly post, but this month I’ve got to catch up a few months in a row.


Time management and the art of maintaining a blog

Created April 13, 2014. Last modified April 13, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

I don’t spend enough time writing.

As we’ve established in previous blog posts, I am somewhat time poor. Between a busy job, a busy family, the ever increasing health related demands of middle age and wanting to keep my writing going, I’m not giving everything the attention it deserves.


Dimension6 launches

Created April 3, 2014. Last modified April 6, 2014. 0 comments. Top.



Getting to “The End” – novel first draft finished

Created March 30, 2014. Last modified March 30, 2014. 6 comments. Top.

Well, last night I wrote the words “The End” in the notebook I’ve been writing my novel Unaligned in. Those that have been following along with the blog know that I’ve been trying a new approach to getting regular writing done this year, and because of it I’ve managed to get to the end of the first draft of the novel I started back in 2011 (and pretty much abandoned throughout 2013) over the last three months.


Galactic Chat – 2014 season off and running

Created March 23, 2014. Last modified March 23, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

After a bit of a hiatus over the summer break, the Galactic Chat podcast is off and running again for 2014.


Short story sale – Robot and Raygun

Created March 20, 2014. Last modified March 20, 2014. 10 comments. Top.

Well, good news in the Webb household as I celebrate my first short story sale for actual money. Wefting the Warp is a 4,300 word science fiction story and has been bought by Robot and Rayguna new UK based online and print magazine. From their blurb:


Ditmar eligibility 2014

Created March 15, 2014. Last modified March 15, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

The Ditmar awards are the Australian national awards for speculative fiction that are voted on by members of the speculative fiction community. The awards are usually attached to the National Convention, which is being held this year in Melbourne at Continuum X.


My new writing process – 2 months in

Created March 9, 2014. Last modified March 9, 2014. 4 comments. Top.

So, at the end of last year I wrote a post about my plans for my writing in 2014. In it I put forward a new writing process, to try for “slow and steady” progress. I thought it might be time for an update on how it is going.


The Darkness Within by Jason Nahrung – review

Created February 8, 2014. Last modified February 8, 2014. 0 comments. Top.


Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart – review

Created February 3, 2014. Last modified February 1, 2014. 0 comments. Top.


Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – review

Created February 1, 2014. Last modified February 1, 2014. 0 comments. Top.

Steelheart cover


Writing – a 2013 recap and 2014 plan

Created January 8, 2014. Last modified January 8, 2014. 2 comments. Top.

My 2013 writing year was a hit and miss affair. I had two flash fiction pieces published at Antipodean SF (The Regersek Zone and Hindsight is a Bitch). Nuke at Antipodean SF has been a great supporter, and I was very pleased to get a couple of pieces done for him.


Musings of a Wannabe Speculative Fiction Writer