• Writers and their why

    Thursday, September 20, 2018 Permalink

    In case you live under a rock, or you know… don’t follow me on social media, you may not be aware I’m in Italy on a writing retreat with Aussie author Vanessa Carnevale. We’re over halfway through the week, which is incredibly depressing but it’s been a wonderful opportunity for me to participate in my favourite sport: navel gazing. I’ve also taken the time however to reflect on some important stuff that does actually relate to writing and creativity.

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  • The next big thing

    Thursday, August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I was just going to call this post, What Comes Next, but a vague sense of deja-vu niggled at me and sure enough, I’d written a post called exactly that in November 2011.

    It wasn’t – as this post is – about work, my professional life and the ‘direction’ I take, rather it was written almost a month after my father passed away so instead pondered on the melancholy enveloping me at the time.

    But, here I’m talking less traumatic events. Like my impending unemployment and life on the streets.

    Kidding. #Obvs

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  • Men writing as women. Women writing as men.

    Thursday, July 26, 2018 Permalink

    Once upon a time female writers had to write under male pseudonyms as it wasn’t appropriate for women to pen… well anything really, under their own names. Think: Emily Bronte writing as Ellis Bell; Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson as Henry Handel Richardson.

    Thankfully much has changed since then.

    At least I think it has.

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  • Avoidance vs apathy

    Thursday, July 12, 2018 Permalink

    I often comment on my apathy.

    The fact I haven’t booked accommodation for my overseas holiday; talking endlessly about replacing my broken dishwasher but still hand washing dishes 2mths later; regularly bemoaning the fact I should be writing book reviews on weekends, when really I just want to sleep.

    It’s been about 18mths since I started thinking I needed to do something about my verandah bannisters which are either rotting or just need sanding.

    And then there’s the oft-mention draft novels. I’ve had a couple of drafts ‘open’ on my laptop/s since March. I’ve been carrying around print-outs of two first drafts for at least 2mths: taking them in my overnight bag to my mother’s. To work in case I take a lunch break. Back home. They’re particularly well-travelled documents.

    I could go on. And on.

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  • Writing the not-so-great Australian novel

    Thursday, June 14, 2018 Permalink

    So, I’m going to a writers’ retreat in about 13 weeks. I’ve talked about it before…. ie.the writing retreat in Italy. *Flicks hair over shoulder with Cartier-clad fingers*

    However, an obvious element to such a retreat is that we need to be writing something.

    Indeed, the lovely Vanessa Carnevale has offered to look at our work and provide some feedback in advance.

    Yay. Plus, FUCK!

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  • A day in the life of a book blogger

    Thursday, August 31, 2017 Permalink

    Actually, the title is kinda misleading… My days are inherently boring so I couldn’t do that to you. Long time readers may recall I once pondered the idea of a reality TV show about my life, but figured my days of eating junk food and lolling about in bed or sitting at my desk would really not cut it. No racy sex scenes. No violent outbursts. No cat fights. #BORING

    However, I noticed a few blogs around lately (by other book bloggers) about what it is we do and since my audience is mostly non-book bloggers I thought I’d share some of our secrets. And dispel some of those myths.

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  • Ten lessons from romance writers

    Monday, August 14, 2017 Permalink

    Last week I mentioned I was attending the Romance Writers of Australia annual conference. It possibly surprised some given that I don’t write romance, and don’t really write (anything other than blog posts and book reviews) full stop.

    However, as I’ve explained in the past…. I. LOVE. TO. WRITE. I love words. I love phrases. I love the whir and click as a sentence falls neatly into place. And hanging with people who ‘get’ that is a wonderful thing.

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  • #5before50: Romance Writers of Australia and me!

    Thursday, August 10, 2017 Permalink

    Some of you may recall the post I wrote earlier this year about ‘why I don’t read romance novels’. The timing was ironic because no sooner had I hit ‘publish’ when I won a registration to the Australian Romance Readers’ Association convention in Melbourne.

    Although I still had to pay accommodation and flights (and am again a mortgage-holder) I decided to go, and am so glad I did. The people I met were unbelievably friendly and it was wonderful to hang with people as passionate about reading and writing as moi. 

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  • Weekly check-in (the ARRC 2017 edition)

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 Permalink

    I mentioned last week that I’d won a ticket to the Australian Romance Readers’ Convention. Which was ironic as I don’t read romance.

    Nevertheless…. I decided it was most certainly a ‘sign’ and – though it wasn’t in my budget – I headed down to Melbourne to join romance readers and writers, hoping we’d have ‘something’ in common, and #spoileralert, we did. Namely… our love of reading and writing! 

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