• More on love – while gazing over Tuscan hills

    Thursday, September 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’d intended to post something today but was at a bit of a loss (and am also sick). I’m getting daily reminders (thanks Facebook memories!!!) that this time last year I was in Italy. Indeed on this very day last year I was perched outside eating gluten-free pasta with a delicious sauce while gazing at the Tuscan hills.

    Recently I opened the notebook we received from Vanessa Carnevale at the writing retreat and found some exercises we’d done.

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  • BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival – the verdict

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 Permalink

    I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival.

    I’ve been to a few writers’ festivals and one can feel quite isolated as you drift in and out of sessions. There isn’t the sense of camaraderie you get at a conference… where you’re all staying in one spot and chatting over meals etc. However… what I didn’t realise is that the NSW State Library precinct isn’t as vast as Brisbane’s for example (where there are several cafes and various outdoor spaces). In Sydney there was far more socialising than I expected because it was hard not to keep bumping into the same people between sessions in the on-site cafe or library foyer.

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  • BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival

    Thursday, September 5, 2019 Permalink

    It feels a bit like there are a million billion trillion writing events on this weekend. And I’m going to one of them.

    This time last year I attended the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. I was enroute to Italy and fortuitously stopped-over for the weekend to attend a few activities, which was excellent as one of my main reasons for going to Italy was to attend a writing retreat in Tuscany. *sigh*

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  • A sense of relief. Or release

    Thursday, May 2, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve actually been feeling much better since my ‘a-ha’ moment a few weeks ago. I’ve felt a sense of relief. Or release.

    I felt weird publishing that post. I was reminded of talking to my mother about quitting blogging and mentioning I’d need to announce it (on the blog) and she asked why write about it? Surely I’d just stop.

    My mum is good like that. Down to earth. It can be confronting – the notion that no one will notice or care, or that lives will continue on despite the disappearance of Debbish.com – but, I know it’d happen.

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  • A-ha moment or existential crisis?

    Thursday, April 18, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve come to a realisation. It’s one about writing and blogging. About guilt and regret. Or, very specifically in my case, the guilt I’m experiencing over my lack of writing.

    And… bigger picture, the direction I see my life taking.

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  • Passion vs purpose

    Thursday, April 4, 2019 Permalink

    I have been listening to Mark Manson’s posts quite a bit lately. (I like that his site has an audio option, so you can listen to them, rather than just read them.) I keep coming back to one or two; about purpose, values and passion. I suspect this is because I’m currently wading my way through my own existential crisis of sorts so wondering what others have to say about it.

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  • Checking in: March 2019

    Thursday, March 21, 2019 Permalink

    Well, mid March already. Or perhaps later. I can’t recall what the date is, so… the month might actually almost be over.

    The year’s been a bit of a weird one for me. Although in all honesty the time since finishing up my last job (in September) and travelling to Italy (in September – October) has been kinda challenging.

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  • Things I know

    Thursday, February 28, 2019 Permalink

    This is what I know.

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