It’s been two years since I released my last novel, and I’ve only published eight blog posts this year, compared to 58 in 2016. So, what the heck have I been doing in 2017? Well, if 2016 was the year of publishing content on, 2017 was the year of publishing content on other sites.

Rest assured, Novel #4 is still in the works, but I’m also celebrating a growing portfolio reaching a wider audience.

Here are my 2017 highlights:


  • Writing an essay about the literary scene in Taumarunui for The Spinoff.
  • Along with five other New Zealand writers, contributing to a three-part series in The Pantograph Punch about voicelyricism, and tension.
  • Reading and reviewing Jess Richards’ City of Colours for Landfall, and Michalia Arathimos’ Aukati  for The Pantograph Punch.

Checking out The Cafe Reader at the Green House in Palmerston North
Antony Millen and Christodolous Moisa at the Whanganui Literary Festival

  • Watching Logan, Spiderman Homecoming, The Punisher, Wonder Woman, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (though I had mixed feelings about this film!)
  • Not only watching the entire series of Game of Thrones for the first time (and twice!), but also reading all five books in George RR Martin’s series, using both Kindle and Audible editions.
  • Working with staff at Taumarunui High School to overhaul our curriulum delivery for 2018. My new job title: English Expert-in-Residence.
  • Continuing my child-free life at home with my wonderful and supportive wife, in which we learned that child-free still does not mean parenting-free, but must start leaning that way …
  • Launching my quarterly newsletter, Antony’s Writing Life. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up here. I’m sending out the second edition in the next week or so. My newsletter does more than recap what has been happening, it updates folks about what I’m currently working on and what’s in store for the future.

Happy New Year – I wish you all the best for 2018 and hope to stay in contact about my writing and your own creative endeavours.


Antony Millen is a Nova Scotian living and writing in Taumarunui, New Zealand. He is the author of three novels: Redeeming Brother Murrihy, Te Kauhanga and The Chain.


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