5 Things Happening Around Here Lately

manuscript

1. Filling Out Passport Renewal Forms As we plan another international trip for 2015, I got out our passports to check when they expire - and good thing I did, because it's soon. The kids' are fine for a while yet. So we need new passport photos! Joy! Because they always turn out the best … [Read more...]

Time Is Out Of Joint

Carnival Cruise

I've been home for a little over twenty-four hours and I still feel like I'm on the ocean. Just sitting at the table, I experience a rolling sensation, almost a force, pushing me side to side. I haven't eaten much, can't stomach the thought. When my flight arrived into Melbourne, it was pouring … [Read more...]

A Poem for St Patrick’s Day

ireland

When You Are Old By William Butler Yeats When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading – March 2014

Reading March 14

It's a male-centric list, I know. Not by any design, and I have other titles by women lying about I could/should have picked up instead, but I wanted to get that out in the open straight away. In truth, my reading lately hasn't been all that thorough or satisfying in the sense I'm getting much … [Read more...]

Stop. It’s Break Time.

chairs

Hey. I'm going on a quick break. I'm working on words elsewhere for a week or so - but I'll be back. There are some exciting things coming up this month! I'll be around on Facebook - come on over. Take care x … [Read more...]

Year of Creative Engagement – January and February Update

movies

This post was originally subtitled 'January Update', but, lo, here we are at the tail end of February. Shows how fast the year has gone already. In case you've forgotten, to explain: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) will be my attempt to document my creative journey, put greater stock in … [Read more...]

The Late Romantic – A Valentine’s Day poem

red rose

The Late Romantic Take your lover out to dinner, my friend, ignore your back’s protestation at the meagre support strange chairs supply. Don’t squint at the fashionable chefs who fashion food into defiant shapes. Make peace that you never learned how to dance for the weddings over … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading – February 2014

What I'm Reading February 2014

With Valentine's Day almost upon us, I thought it fitting that at least one of the titles I read this month be explicitly about love and such is the case with Australian Love Poems 2013, thus also filling my minimum self-set poetry quota. While it contained some beautiful poems, many by names I … [Read more...]

Coming Back To Centre

Heide

I just spent the weekend with an amazing group of people, teaching them about blogging, doing exercises and giving tips. Basically, imparting as much as I could in that time frame. There were several moments over the course of the weekend, when I would tell stories about my seven-plus year blogging … [Read more...]

5 Tips For When You Lose Your (Writing) Voice

Voice

‘Voice.’ What is it? It’s a common question, one that’s asked a lot when it comes to blogging. With good reason too: one of the first indicators that a blogger is on the right path comes with their sensing, or they’ve been told, that their voice is developing, or even established. They’re … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading – January 2014

What I'm Reading January 2014

Oh, boy, Melbourne has been dealing out some fickle weather lately, but I've been trying to take that into my stride when it comes to finding opportunities to read. Want to sit under a blanket with a book? Sure! Want to stretch out in the hammock under the sun? Sure! So, to the reading pile. If … [Read more...]