Limited Offer on Crying in the Car

Crying in the Car Limited Offer

As a special offer leading up to the Melbourne Writers Festival, I have Crying in the Car on sale for a very special price (and no postage!) at 40% off RRP. Click here if you would like to purchase it. I'd be happy to sign it if you like, just ask. This offer will end on 21st August 2014. … [Read more...]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 – Session Picks

Melbourne Writers Festival 2014 Session Picks

The program for the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival is revealed to the public today. I was lucky enough to see it in advance and have been hanging out to share some of my picks for the sessions I particularly want to attend. It was hard to cull them down, but I did my best. They're below - and … [Read more...]

The #Miscpoetry Project

diaphanous light

I've done a few teasers about this over the months, and there's been some delays, but on Friday I offically kicked off my #miscpoetry project. I'm the first person to say that social media can be used for creative/artistic purposes, so I thought I ought to actually do the same, in this instance … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading – July 2014

What I'm Reading July 2014

  It's been a good month on the book front, I've got to say. I nabbed a brand new copy of Michael Faber's Under the Skin from the library. First published a decade ago, the novel has had a revival thanks to the movie adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson. I'd heard a lot of buzz about that, … [Read more...]

5 Things About My Work-in-Progress

work in progress

My friend Laurie tagged me on Facebook with the above meme-of-sorts where writers talk about what major project they're working on, possibly also explaining and justifying any anti-social or reclusive behaviour that might be occurring while the writing is happening. It's hard, but sometimes you just … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading June 2014

June 2014

I feel like I've been reading a fair bit this month and this is mostly because I've found a big fat novel to curl up with - in this case Anno Dracula - The Bloody Red Baron. It is the sequel to one of my favourite books as a teenager - Anno Dracula - and I honestly don't know why it's taken me … [Read more...]

Surprise Super Special on Surprise! (Tongue Twister!)

Surprise Super Special

In honour of the event I will be hosting this evening at the Emerging Writers' Festival (DIY-Hards: Self-Publishing and Zines, do come along!), I thought I would put together a special on Surprise! Two copies for $20, including P&H! If you'd like a copy for yourself and another for a present … [Read more...]

My Writing Process

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My friend Laurie tagged me in this writing meme that I've seen around the place and I thought I would give it a go. Fascinating reading, finding out what makes creative brains tick! My answers are below. What am I working on now? I am currently completing the draft of my YA manuscript Back … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading May 2014

What I'm Reading May 2014

Sometimes we need a book like we need to take a deep breath: to recompose, relax and bring a little bit of presence and perspective into our day. This is the effect Life Lessons From Byron had on me. By no means a full biography, but author Matthew Bevis takes snippets from Byron's poetry and life … [Read more...]

The Emerging Writers’ Festival 2014

EWF

The Emerging Writers' Festival starts at the end of the month and I'm excited to highlight some top picks for you - but, as ever, it won't be easy as it's a packed program! Having worked for the previous two EWFs myself, I know the sweat and long hours that goes into pulling them off, and so it's … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading April 2014

What I'm Reading April 2014

Beginning with Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson. If you've read Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, you'll be back in familiar territory as Winterson talks about her troubled formative years with her adopted parents. This book also tells of her search - and discovery - of  her … [Read more...]

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...]