What I'm Reading September 2014

What I’m Reading September 2014

The first book I read was Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen tends to be a rather polemic writer and as I was reading I felt a kind of... tension within myself, from piece to piece, that was interesting (if a little off-putting). I adored the title essay, an exploration of his grief following the death of his friend David Foster Wallace - in … [Read More...]

robin williams

RIP Robin

This poem (my attempt at a villanelle) is a re-post. I wrote it eighteen months ago for someone. I can't write new words for fear of being nonsensical. My life has been touched by suicide. Just let me … [Read More...]


What I’m Reading August 2014

  Preparing for our Melbourne Writers Festival seminar, I'm reading Reservoir Dad by Clint Greagen. It is engaging, thoughtful and oh-ever-so cheeky, very much like his award-winning blog. … [Read More...]


Year of Creative Engagement – July and August 2014

To explain: The Year of Creative Engagement (#yoce) is an attempt to document my creative journey in 2014. By putting greater stock in accountability and output, while also showing what new work I’m … [Read More...]

ways music can assist productivity

5 Ways How Music Can Assist Productivity

The first time I recall the music/productivity connection being mentioned, specifically as a tool to assist in studying, was back when I was in high school. I can still picture the stack of Enya and … [Read More...]

long run

“Just drink the barium”

What you see here is the remaining 400ml of the barium swallow I had to drink before undergoing a CT Scan two weeks ago. Ideally, you're supposed to gulp down the lot, but - trust me - that's a lot … [Read More...]


My Picks From The CBCA 2014 Shortlist

The kids' school had a book fair during the week and while I was there I had a flick through many of the shortlisted titles for this year's CBCA Book of the Year Awards. I only got to see a selection … [Read More...]

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What Would You Do If You Saved $500? {Sponsored}

This post is sponsored by Goodyear.   Adam turned to me last month and said, “I think it’s time we got the tyres checked on the car”. Luckily, I was able to get into a place straight away. … [Read More...]

books and writing

Tips to Encourage Reluctant Readers

  Like a silly billy, it's occurred to me that I haven't said, or linked to via a post, articles I've been writing for Essential Kids. I've been enjoying my time over there - it's a lot of … [Read More...]

notes to myself

Notes to Myself

I just wrote 300 words without coming to any sort of point, so I’m going to start over and get to the matter straight away: crying. I’ve been crying a lot lately. I’ve done it ever since I was a … [Read More...]

Crying in the Car Limited Offer

Limited Offer on Crying in the Car

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 … [Read More...]


“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”

If you've been watching the calendar as closely as I have, you perhaps will already have noticed that we've passed the halfway mark of winter. Of course anyone who lives here, or further south, knows … [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 … [Read More...]