• 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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  • Words and intention

    Monday, January 9, 2017 Permalink

    I almost called this ‘intention and other wanky words’. And that’s not to disparage those who talk about intention cos I do it too. I use many wanky words… like ‘authentic’, ‘intuitive’ and ‘journey’.

    Indeed I’m a huge fan of the cliche and fall into their deep crevices more often than I’d like. Although sometimes it’s more a warm-soft landing than something sharp and cold.

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  • Book review: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

    Friday, November 11, 2016 Permalink

    It’s rare that I include a re-read on the blog. Although in all honesty I’m not sure I’ve ever finished The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. A friend put me onto it in 2006/7… and I sought out a copy at the time. I started working through the exercises and could very much appreciate what they offered, but flailed at some point. And life took over. In 2010 I again pulled the cobwebbed book off the shelf. And I wrote about my plan to unlock my creativity via the post: Morning Pages and Basketball Shots.

    I cannot remember what happened with that attempt. However… as regular readers would know, life has changed a lot for me in the last 4+ years and I’m probably ready to delve a little deeper and recover my creative self.

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  • Problogger Event 2016: content creation

    Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Permalink

    In my ‘lessons from Problogger Training’ post the other day I mentioned that I stayed securely in my comfort zone and attended sessions I assumed to be of interest – predominantly about content creation and writing.

    My favourite session by far was one by Emily Toxward – a Gold Coast-based blogger and journalist. I love her Have A Laugh On Me blog and was keen to meet her at the event. I’d also enrolled in a workshop focussed on copywriting, but found Em’s session to be far more useful, covering more than the other sessions I attended. 

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  • Is freelancing financially feasible?

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Permalink

    A few years ago I listened to a writer speak about her first book. She was in her early-mid 30s and taken a redundancy from her job in government several years before – which piqued my interest, having done the same.

    But she said – although she earned a little income teaching writing and mentoring – it wasn’t enough to live on. She’d had the good fortune to get a publishing contract and an agent, and was working on final edits when she found herself broke.

    She decided she’d have to go back to work and started looking at jobs in the field she’d worked before. It was soul-sucking she said… to think about going ‘back’. And then, her mother told her not to do it. Her mother offered to help support her while she continued writing.

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  • Lost for words

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Permalink

    I have long been a lover of words. I love reading, I love writing and (sad but true) I love talking.

    I’ve now read a couple of books – a novel and a biography – about people who’ve also been word-lovers who’ve developed dementia or alzheimers and have become lost for words. Both – along with other illnesses robbing people of their ability to express themselves – are tragic and I had a little taste of that for myself last week.

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