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  • Home, Away, Home Again - We’ve been away. The thing about going away is, no matter how wonderful the trip, it’s always such a relief to get home. I don’t know if it’s the journey, or the strange bed or the rich food but being away is always more draining to be at home and it certainly makes me appreciate […]
  • What the Wrestling Can Teach You - My husband loves the wrestling. As in, incredibly athletic men and women inside a ring pretending to fight in the most spectacular way. Wrestling may be fake (please, don’t look so shocked) but I have no doubt the talent and endurance (and injuries) of the performers is completely real. I don’t mind the wrestling either, […]
  • 2019 Fogarty Literary Award – If You’re a Young WA Writer, You Should Take a Look - There’s a lot to be said for experience. For a start, you’re less inclined to cry in the change-rooms when buying new clothes, or in front of the mirror when you’ve had a haircut (I’m assuming I’m not the only one who used to do that). But there’s also a lot to be said for […]
  • Friends Make the World Beautiful - Over the weekend I went away with some women I’ve been friends with since high-school. We soaked in the beautiful hot springs on the Mornington Peninsula and airbnb-ed (yes, I did just use it as a verb) a house in Dromana. I’ve known most of these women since I was thirteen and one of them […]
  • In the Eye of the Beholder - I’ve just had some head-shots done. Keep your eye on my profile picture. Minna, who is helping me with my social media skills, and Brittany, the wonderful photographer, couldn’t have been lovelier. But no matter how lovely and complimentary and talented they are, I still look at myself and hate what I see.
  • Auditory Illusion - When I was in high-school I was head-over-heels in love with a boy in my year. Five and a half years. Never told him. Every time I saw him, I’d hear bells. Like wind-chimes. When there were no bells, wind-chimes or even wind. This happens to my protagonist, Maggie, too and I was interested in […]
  • Monday-itis - I’m not a big fan of Mondays (I know how cliche that is, but it happens to be true).
  • Cockatoo - My little dot on the map has been over-run with peach-faced cockatoos. They screaming overhead, grazing on the school oval and tearing the trees apart. I love them. My husband is not such a fan of the mess they make though and thus, on Saturday, he had as out in the garden brandishing hoses and […]
  • Language is a Living Thing - I just finished reading a YA book called The List by Patricia Forde, which was a brilliant book, beautifully written and very entertaining. At the end of the book Forde had written some notes about how her inspiration for The List, in which the last remaining humans can only speak a language of 500 pre-approved […]
  • Reading Gold - You know what’s the best thing? When you get to the end of a book and you think, “Oh my God, that was awesome. I need to write this author’s name down and see what else they’ve written.” Guess what’s even better? When you do that twice in a week! I am going to review […]