Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival

Friday, March 6, 2020 Permalink

My creativity is always piqued when I meet writers and they talk about their craft. So just after I returned home from my 2018 trip to Italy (involving a week or two either side of my week-long writing retreat in Tuscany… and doesn’t that roll off the tongue far too easily?!) I was on the lookout for ways to prevent my writing mojo from withering and dying. Again.

And I came across the Burdekin Readers and Writers Festival in Queensland.

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Book review: The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet

Thursday, March 5, 2020 Permalink

This book wasn’t at all what I expected. Given the title I was expecting some first wife vs second wife battle rife with petty jealousy and sneaky sabotage.

Had I been the sort of person to check the backcover blurb before reading I would have had a better idea what was coming, but I tend to dive straight in when I choose my nightly reading fodder, so I was pleasantly surprised (as am a bit over bitchy wives’ tales).

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four-stars

Book review: Our Dark Secret by Jenny Quintana

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Permalink

Our Dark Secret is Jenny Quintana’s second novel. Her first, The Missing Girl, (shockingly about a girl going missing, though also its impact on those left behind) which I read and reviewed, was published in 2017.

As this book’s about the discovery of skeletal remains and unfolds in a couple of timeframes ,there’s again a theme around past events and… secrets.

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three-half-stars

Seven months without Instagram

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Permalink

I discovered today that it’s been 28 weeks – or 7 months for those without superior maths’ skills – since I decided to attempt an Instagram detox. I wasn’t sure how long I’d last but just knew I needed the break.

I did dip my toes back into the ‘gram-infested water for a few days in early October 2019 when I attended a crime-writing festival and posted a couple of pics at Christmas, but that’s it.

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Taking Stock – March 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020 Permalink

I started writing two versions of this. One blunter, more honest than the other. I’ve talked before about that fine line between being open about one’s life when it feels as if the overwhelm is, well… overwhelming; and the fear of pushing others away because of constant negativity, or having them eye-rolling at the never-ending pity party.

I know I’m often surprised and appreciate it when others share the bad stuff, but think I react better when they’re not people who do nothing but share the bad stuff.

Anyway… today I’m checking in and taking stock. In a mostly upbeat way! *insert beatific smile here*

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Dad in the kitchen

Sunday, March 1, 2020 Permalink
I’m thinking of trying to blog each day in March… to get my blogging / writing / interest in life mojo back. I’m cheating today however as I found this post sitting in my drafts folder when looking for something else. I wrote it in late August 2019, so I’ve tidied it up to share on day 1. 

I don’t always remember my dreams. Usually snippets. I have a few recurring dreams as well as others that quite obviously – in some way – reflect stuff happening in my life. Thursday afternoon I had one that was surreal. I mean, it felt real and it filled me with confusion and hope.

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Book review: Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough

Saturday, February 29, 2020 Permalink

Every so often a book comes along in which you hate ALL of the characters and don’t really care if they live or die.

Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough was that book for me.

Don’t get me wrong. The story itself is kinda interesting, and the characters complex. But they weren’t likeable. At all.

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three-stars

Book review: The River Home by Hannah Richell

Friday, February 28, 2020 Permalink

A local friend was raving about Hannah Richell’s writing (and books) and I had to admit I hadn’t read any.

Thankfully I’d requested her latest and I can see why my fellow-avid-reader loves her work. Her writing is stunning. I’m not a very visual person so some of her incredibly descriptive prose is probably wasted on me, but she strings words and phrasing together in an almost lyrical fashion. As if it comes easily.

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four-stars

Book review: Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Permalink

I starting reading this book amidst a terrible case of murder / suicide in my home state. Domestic violence rather than child abuse reared its ugly head but it involved the murder of a family – as a result – there have been many discussions since about men hurting children they purport to love.

Kelly Rimmer’s latest book Truths I Never Told You unfolds from the points of view of two women. One struggling to engage with her child, and the other struggling against the urge to lash out and harm hers.

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three-half-stars