10 poems to make you cry

10 Poems to Make You Cry

This post was inspired by a book review I read in The Australian about the release of Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. I haven't read it yet (I'm fourth in the hold line at the local library on a lone copy), and while I am waiting I've been pondering what poems I'd include in a similar collection and asked some writer friends which one they'd choose. … [Read More...]

reading at game

The Weekend That Was

Do you ever sit down on a Monday morning to have a chat with a friend or write a blog post - such as this - and think back to the weekend that was and wonder to yourself, "Hang on, what did we do … [Read More...]


The Creative Life – Kate Larsen

Today is the first installment of 'The Creative Life' Kate Larsen is Director of Writers Victoria but she is also known by her writing name ‘Katie Keys’. It's the name I first knew her by, due in … [Read More...]

The Creative Life

Miscmum – What’s Next?

Over half a million words. This blog has come a long way. But I feel that it could go even further. Now the celebrations of the eighth birthday party have passed (the Xenomorphs took some … [Read More...]


What My 8 Most Popular Posts Taught Me in My 8 Years Blogging

The Xenomorphs have gathered and are ready to party! Hello! Have some virtual cake and welcome to Miscellaneous Mum's eighth birthday. I wondered what would be the best way to commemorate this pretty … [Read More...]


6 Health Cookbook Recommendations

Oh boy, this year I think I've cleaned out the library's selection of cookbooks that have any kind of relation to gluten free or paleo or whole foods in general. Some have been too extreme for my … [Read More...]

family travels

Not Going To Let NAPLAN Bother Me – Travelling, Family and School

  This photo was taken in the centre of Macau, while we were travelling overseas at the beginning of 2013. For new readers: we went over to Hong Kong - where Riley proceeded to break his arm! … [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...]