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  • Is There a Generation Gap? I Don’t Think So -   I write for young adults. I do so partly because I have a background in high-school education (and so have spent a fair bit of time with young adults) and mostly because I think teenagers and young adults are wonderful. The vast majority of young people I have met are polite, funny, conscientious, caring … Continue reading Is There a Generation Gap? I Don’t Think So
  • Click-bait - If I were a fish I would’ve been caught and released a thousand times. Or, God forbid, caught and cooked just once. When something tantalising is dangled in front of me, I can’t help snatching at it, so those links that appear in my browser with headlines like, ‘You won’t believe what she looks like … Continue reading Click-bait
  • The Unfriending - Social Media and I are not friends. I’ve tried. I’ve visited and kept up with Social Media’s interests and suggested activities we could do together but we just don’t click. Which is a problem. Because everyone else is clicking. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and probably a hundred other avenues that I don’t even … Continue reading The Unfriending
  • It Takes Determination - I’ve finished the first draft of my WIP (in less than three months too! Go me) and while I let it rest I’m tackling a couple of sewing projects. I’m travelling to Vanuatu in September and thought it might be nice to have a couple of new summer dresses and as I have the time, … Continue reading It Takes Determination
  • Nutella Hot Chocolate - Nutella is the flavour of my childhood. I like liked to spread it thick on hot toast, lick off the melted chocolate goodness and then eat the toast. Just thinking about it takes me back. My younger brother used to make Chocolate Spread Surprise sandwiches. This basically meant a Nutella sandwich with Nutella spread on both sides of … Continue reading Nutella Hot Chocolate
  • Hating Ourselves to Death - My WIP is about a 16-year-old girl whose little sister is diagnosed with anorexia. This has meant a lot of research into the disease which has meant looking through a lot of confronting information, pictures and websites.
  • What Publishers Are Looking For – Diverse Voices - You may remember that I was going to KidLit2017 on the 20th of May. Among other things I got to hear some really interesting panel discussion with people in the publishing industry – specifically children and young adult publishing.
  • Getting Excited for KidLitVic 2017 - On Saturday the 20th of May I’m heading into Melbourne for KidLitVic 2017. I am so excited!
  • DIY Writers’ Retreat - For Christmas my darling husband bought me a voucher for a two night stay in a cottage in Daylesford (which is in the Victorian spa region and one of my all time favourite places to visit). Here’s the important bit, this stay is just for me. On my own. So I can WRITE!
  • The Balancing Act - We all have different pulls on our time. For me, I have two children (aged 4 and 6), a husband (although he’s pretty self-sufficient it’s nice to actually spend time with him), a writing career that I’m trying to get started, family, friends, neighbours, chores, pets, hobbies, a ‘to-read’ pile. You might have all these and … Continue reading The Balancing Act